Today's News

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Aug. 30, 2017

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • Robertson boys at Desert Academy, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • City league games, TBA, Rodriguez Park

    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Reno Aces, 6:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    • NMHU vs. Dixie State, 5 p.m., Herrera Complex, West Las Vegas H.S.
    • West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Santa Rosa

  • County holding 'community conversation' survey meetings

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    San Miguel County leaders are holding a series of community conversations regarding a complex survey about community needs. A flier about the meetings and the survey can be found here: goo.gl/sf89uc

    • The Pecos area meeting will be held at Pecos Village Hall from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 29.

    • The Gallinas area meeting will be held at the La Placita fire station from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 7.

  • Friday night football: Cards hold on, Dons fall in physical opener

    West Las Vegas had an encouraging start in a 33-19 defeat to Moriarty on Friday night at the Herrera Complex, but the Dons were left smarting from several injuries.

    The most notable pain was suffered by starting quarterback John Balizan, bumped from the game just before halftime by a brutal helmet-to-helmet collision. Balizan is expected to miss at least the next game with a concussion.

    The Dons trailed just 14-13 at the half.

  • Wagon Mound’s 107th Bean Day is next weekend

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    Wagon Mound was known for many years for its agriculture, with beans the stable produce. The area doesn’t generate produce in the same way anymore — but its traditions are still maintained in an annual festival.

  • City, county have new websites

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    When it comes to online presentations, one might think the term “eye candy” might not really apply to local governments.

    However, when those governments are not only trying to draw in tourism and other business, and to make use of the site more attractive and smoother for local residents, a visually appealing website can help on many levels. That was one of the motivations both San Miguel County and the City of Las Vegas had when they chose to upgrade their websites this year.

  • City councilor: Funding nix is revenge for supporting police

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas City councilor and longtime member of an advisory board says she believes plans are in place to cut city funding to a particular entity — and she says the proposed changes are being made due to personality differences.

    Barbara Perea-Casey said this week the San Miguel County Family and Community Health Council, a community-based, volunteer advisory and advocacy organization, has received funding from the city in multiple past budget cycles.

  • Man charged with eighth DWI

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    A Las Vegas man has picked up his eighth DWI charge.

    On Aug 21, New Mexico State Police officers charged Charles Martinez, of the 700 block of Mora Street, with his eighth DWI charge, driving with a revoked license, no proof of insurance, improper equipment — operating a vehicle without required headlamps, and failure to register the vehicle following a traffic stop on New Mexico Avenue.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 27, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 19 and Aug. 24:

    Henrietta Lovato, 41, battery on a peace officer, shoplifting, failure to pay fines, ($200), San Miguel District Court/San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Robert Vigil, 18, armed robbery, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Jayson Pusateri, 39, probation violation: new charges, McKinley County Adult Probation.

  • NMDOT Back-to-school safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic

    August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and NMDOT District 4 reminds motorists to be extra careful at all times. NMDOT offers these tips for driving in school zones:

    • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours

    • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Put down your phone and don’t talk or text while driving. 

  • UWC graduate shares miraculous escape from death

    By Gwen Albers, special to the Optic

    Being a “rule-breaker” helped Chris Palm survive a 7.8-magnitude earthquake that leveled his Ecuador home with him inside.

    A 1992 United World College-USA graduate, Palm said when he attended the international high school, the castle on the Montezuma campus was closed because it needed extensive repairs.