Today's News

  • Jail Log - Oct. 21, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Oct. 11 and Oct. 18:
    Severo Vargas, 44, absconder
    Todd Hayes, 49, failure to register as a sex offender    
    Emilio Quintana, 30, custody hearing
    Johnny Roybal, 31, possession, delivery or manufacturing of drug paraphernalia, receiving stolen property
    George Padilla, 57, driving under the influence
    Janet Flores, 47, battery on a household member, criminal damage to property

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! THE PEOPLE SPOKE ... The U.S. Air Force plan to conduct low-attitude training flights over an area that includes San Miguel and Mora counties drew a full crowd Tuesday to Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus. About 150 people attended the public forum, dozens spoke against it and no one spoke in favor of the plan.

  • Nuestra Historia - La Gavilla de Silva

    Vicente Silva came to  Las Vegas in 1875 from Bernalillo, in Sandoval County. He soon opened, on the south plaza, a saloon and gambling house known as the Imperial Saloon. Silva’s wife Telésfora and her brother Gabriel Sandoval helped run the raucous saloon, which was open round-the-clock.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 21, 2011
  • In Brief - News - Oct. 21, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    GOP race hits new gear
    WASHINGTON — The Republican presidential candidates tore into each other as never before in their latest debate, mindful that voting starts within 11 weeks and many GOP voters remain up for grabs.

    Mitt Romney emerged from the two-hour forum Tuesday night still the person to beat, but he was considerably scratched up on the issues of illegal immigration, health care and jobs.

  • Listeria found on equipment

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean equipment at a Colorado farm’s cantaloupe packing facility were probably to blame for the deadliest outbreak of foodborne illness in 25 years, the Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday.

    Government investigators found positive samples of listeria bacteria on equipment in the Jensen Farms packing facility and on fruit that had been held there.

  • Social Security benefits to go up

    By Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Social Security benefits will go up by 3.6 percent next year, the first increase since 2009 for the one in five Americans who rely on government retirement and disability programs.

    The higher benefits will provide relief to more than 60 million people, many who have seen their retirement accounts dwindle, home values drop and out-of-pocket medical costs rise in the years since their last raise.

  • Brenda Ortega-Benavidez sings of original Las Vegas

    In the halls of Robertson High School many know her as Mrs. Brenda Ortega-Benavidez and in the internet world she is known as the woman singing “Las Vegas, New Mexico — The Real Las Vegas.”

  • Noticias - Oct. 21, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 21, 2011

    • Mothers of Preschoolers meeting, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 21, at Calvary Chapel (located in the alley behind Lowes and next to the Elks Lodge). Moms with children of any age are welcome. Through this group moms help each other become better moms while learning new parenting skills and developing new friendships. Child care provided. For more information, call Lena Atencio at 454-0572 or 575-496-2920 or email her at lena.atencio@ yahoo.com