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Today's News

  • Vehicle crashes into bar

    A 31-year-old Los Montoyas woman was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center early Saturday morning after crashing her vehicle into the front of Trujillo’s Package Liquors/Lupe’s Lounge at 820 N. Grande Ave.

    Las Vegas police say Jessica Montoya was under the influence at the time of the crash. She is facing charges of driving while intoxicated, criminal damage to property, driving on a suspended or revoked license and having no registration.

  • Senator quits amid ethics probe

    By The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    SANTA FE — Longtime Sen. Phil Griego resigned from the New Mexico Senate on Saturday amid a growing controversy involving his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Wagon Mound to hire chief this week

    Several familiar names are in the running to be the next superintendent of Wagon Mound Public Schools.

    Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, former Las Vegas City Schools superintendent, and current West Las Vegas High School principal John Bustos are finalists. Also on the list is former Wagon Mound School employee Casey Benavidez and current Wagon Mound elementary employee Nicaea Chavez.

    The board is expected to take action at its regular board meeting Wednesday on the replacement for Albert Martinez, who is retiring.

  • 3 HU regent nominees confirmed

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico State Senate voted Friday to confirm two Highlands University alumnae and a student to serve as new members on the university’s Board of Regents.

    LouElla Marr-Montoya of Las Vegas and Sandra Turner of Clovis were named to serve six-year terms that end Dec. 31, 2020. New Mexico Gov. Susana Martínez nominated both women for appointment to the Board of Regents.

  • In Brief - News - March 16, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Deputy facing drug charge
    A sheriff’s deputy in northeastern New Mexico has been charged with attempting to possess cocaine with intent to distribute.
    Deputy Vidal Sandoval of the Colfax County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Friday.
    Authorities say they began to investigate Sandoval last summer after two men complained an officer seized marijuana and cash from them during a traffic stop without giving a receipt.

  • Looking Back - March 16, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, March 16 — An address by Herbert A. Philbrick has been scheduled for the evening of April 11 at University Hall on the Highlands University campus. Philbrick is the author of the book, “I Led Three Lives,” which related his experiences as a secret agent of the FBI assigned to pose as a member of the Communist Party back in the 1940s. According to Time Magazine, Philbrick “postponed his own life, liberty and pursuit of happiness to get to the bottom of the great Communist Communist conspiracy in the United States.”

  • Looking ahead - News - March 16, 2015

    Safe-Ride-Home Service available Tuesday
    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home. the Safe-Ride-Home Service will also be available on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17.

  • Weather - March 16, 2015

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers after 1 p.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 61. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 34.

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 64. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

  • FYI - News - March 16, 2015

    The Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed beginning Thursday, March 12, thru Wednesday, March 18, because the agency will be converting its court software and will be participating in software training during this time. Municipal court will reopen at 9 a.m. on Thursday, March 19.

  • Community have chance to join professors at reserve

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Community members and alumni will have the chance to join two Highlands University biology professors on an expedition this summer to the tropical Los Tuxtlas Biosphere Reserve near Veracruz, Mexico.

    The expedition will be Aug. 9 to Aug. 20.