Today's News

  • BREAKING: West board member resigns

    Embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony "Leroy" Benavidez resigned during a board meeting on Thursday evening.

    The resignation comes eight days after the New Mexico Attorney General's Office sent a letter warning Benavidez that if he did not resign by April 20, the agency would assess what civil and criminal action would be necessary to remove him from office.

  • County to form task force

    For decades, Jesusita was known throughout the area as the woman people would call to help deliver their babies.

    uring Tuesday afternoon’s  San Miguel County Commission meeting, Jesusita’s name was mentioned once more by Tara Trudell, as she talked about having midwives who delivered children for years in the area ­as it was part of the culture, heritage and history of the region.

    The late Jesusita, whose name is virtually synonymous with midwifery, delivered thousands of babies over several decades.

  • Tips sought in poaching cases

    Las Vegas Optic

    State Game and Fish officials are asking for the public’s help in solving a series of poaching cases, including the killing of two elk outside Las Vegas in February and March.

    Anyone with information about those cases is asked to call the department’s toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-432-4263. Rewards are being offered for information leading to charges in the cases.

  • Parachute Factory aids youth

    In early March Mariano Ulibarri, founder of the local Parachute Factory, realized he had a tough decision before him ­— to keep his idea of empowering young people to learn about technology, or shut it down due to financial reasons.

    He soon set out to see if the community would be interested in keeping Parachute Factory alive, and whether  they would be willing to help him with funding. He set up several meetings with local individuals to discuss the need for funding to keep the factory going.

  • Medicaid patients facing long waits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A spot survey by state analysts found low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico are waiting on average from three weeks to nearly two months to get an appointment with a doctor, prompting new concerns about barriers to health care access for the poor and disabled.

  • Jail Log April 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 4 and April 11:

    Francisco Martinez, 27, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Lawrence Valerio, 39, battery, criminal damage To property, resisting evading, or obstructing an officer.
    Gerald Saiz, 36, aggravated battery on a household member
    Raul Sanchez, 25, disorderly conduct.
    Jeremy Lucero, 32, open container, no seatbelt, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Savannah Secatero, 33, 7 day commitment

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 15, 2016
  • Thumbs April 15, 2016

    Congratulations to Tonita Gurule-Giron for prevailing in Tuesday’s mayoral runoff and becoming the first woman to serve as Las Vegas’ mayor. We raised some concerns about a Gurule-Giron administration in our endorsement of her opponent, Joey Herrera. But the voters have spoken, and it’s time for the entire community to get behind Gurule-Giron and work with her to make Las Vegas a better place to live and do business. 


  • Dispatch New Mexico- Johnson and the Libertarians have their best shot ever

    In this year of tumultuous political uncertainties, a viable third-party candidate could easily emerge —perhaps in the form of our own Gary Johnson.

    Johnson, New Mexico’s former Republican governor, is hoping to run for president for a second time as the Libertarian Party nominee. With his adopted party’s national convention less than two months away, he’s the clear frontrunner for the nomination.

  • Looking Back April 15, 2016

    Friday, April 15, 1966 — Two bomb threats were investigated today in Las Vegas. One threat was made in a telephone call to Robertson High School. The other was directed to the chief of police. At Robertson, an office worker answered a telephone about 10:25 a.m. and without any preliminaries a person said, “Evacuate the building — there’s a bomb in it,” the worker said.