Today's News

  • Witnesses: Official hurt man

    Witnesses last week testified that city Utilities Director Ken Garcia attacked another man in a local bar, hitting the alleged victim in the head with a beer bottle.

    At the end of a preliminary hearing on Thursday, Ken Garcia, 44, was bound over for trial in state District Court. He faces a felony charge of aggravated battery.

    Most of the witnesses in the Magistrate Court hearing didn’t know or barely knew either Garcia or the alleged victim, Rick Nelson, 37.

  • Letter: Secret deliberations cut into credibility

    I read, with disbelief, County Planning and Zoning Supervisor Alex Tafoya’s comment in your article, “(Task Force) Panel’s Makeup in Dispute.” He said, “....it’s not like we’re building a new nuclear bomb....”

  • Letter: A grandchild's perspective

    “In Afghanistan there is war.  That’s President Obama’s fault.  He needs to leave the place alone so it can get settled, and if it doesn’t work he needs to try another plan, not the same thing over and over.  And he needs to stop sending people to Pakistan.  Then it will get worse. I’m Aman (an Arabic name), who was born in Las Vegas, N.M, and is trying to help Afghanistan for all.”

  • Eighth-grader a champ

    For Juliana Guerin — who says she’s played tennis since about the time she could walk — winning the Class 3A singles championship probably was the natural progression of things in her athletic career.

    Still, doing so was a special moment for her as well as the Robertson girls’ program.

  • Man accused of stabbing woman

    A Las Vegas man is accused of stabbing a woman at a mobile home park on Tuesday night.

    Mark P. Ludi, 39, 102 Mills Ave., Space 11, was charged with aggravated battery, a third-degree felony, and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

    The alleged victim was identified as Jessica Salas, a local woman, officials said. She was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    According to court documents filed in Magistrate Court, the man had gone to another house in the mobile home park, where a small party was occurring.

  • Little League

    The following are recent scores and upcoming baseball, softball and tee-ball games for La Plaza Little League and Las Vegas Little League.

    La Plaza games take place at Rodriguez Park off Grant Street; Las Vegas games at Keyes Park off Mills Avenue.

    Recent scores:


    La Plaza majors: Yankees 7, Rockies 6 (8 inn.)

    MONDAY, MAY 31

    La Plaza majors: Yankees 10, Dodgers 0

    La Plaza minors: Indians 3, A’s 2; Yankees 7, Giants 5

    Las Vegas majors: Red Sox 10, Cardinals 0


  • Adult softball

    The following are recent scores and upcoming games from the City of Las Vegas adult softball league. Games take place at the city’s Rodriguez Softball Complex off of Grant Street.

    Men’s division

    Recent scores:

    Blaze 20, Chuggers 19; The Best 17, DB’s Milkmen 16; Hackers 26, Tecolote 1

    Upcoming games:

    Monday, June 7

    Buzzards vs. The Best, 6:15 p.m.; Tecolote vs. Hackers, 7:30 p.m.; DB's Milkmen vs. Dream Team, 8:45 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 9

  • Aviation firm plans local shop

    A businessman wants to start an aviation repair station in Las Vegas that would employ 30 people.

    Kurt Encinias, who spent much of his childhood in Bernal, said he is working with the San Miguel County government to sign a lease for a facility to house his business. He said he didn’t want to release details until the agreement was final.

    His business would repair hydraulic and electrical components of aircraft. Companies would send those parts to the local shop.

  • Letter: Let's prevent bomb with good process

    I am writing in response to a recent Optic article about the lop-sided membership of the San Miguel County Oil and Gas Ordinance Task Force. Planning and Zoning supervisor Alex Tafoya was quoted as saying, in relation to the work of the task force, “It’s not like we’re creating a new nuclear bomb.” Mr. Tafoya is correct. We want an ordinance to prevent a bomb, not create one. When I was a teenager, a natural gas pipeline exploded in our community. It was like a bomb was detonated.

  • Letter: Don't blame gifts' recipient

    I would like to respond to the letter written by Kathleen Dudley. The writer, in my opinion, seems to be trying to say that it’s odd that state Rep. Thomas Garcia is being interviewed for the position of (Mora schools) superintendent after he received gifts from the Mora Independent Schools. Has it ever occurred to Ms. Dudley that he is being interviewed for this position based on his education, and qualifications? Apparently not. And as for the gifts, there is a reason they call them gifts. They are just that.