Today's News

  • Suit: Man with schizophrenia falsely held

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A northern New Mexico county and police officers in a small city falsely detained an Albuquerque man diagnosed with schizophrenia for preaching at a Denny’s restaurant, then denied him medical treatment in jail, according to a new federal lawsuit.

    In court papers filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque last week, attorneys for Elijah Dominguez said Colfax County and Raton police officers violated his constitutional rights after his May 2013 arrest for disorderly conduct.

  • Optic staff brings home seven awards

    Three members of the Las Vegas Optic news staff came home last weekend with seven awards presented at the New Mexico Press Association’s annual convention, held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort in Bernalillo.

    The local winners in the New Mexico Press Association-Associated Press Managing Editors Better Newspaper Contest are Optic features editor Mercy López, sports editor Dave Kavanaugh and editor and publisher Martín Salazar

    Judging of entries was done by members of the Texas Press Association.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 3, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 24 and Sept. 29:
    David Austin, 44, aggravated DWI  
    Lawrence Harris, 32, battery on peace officer, disorderly conduct, resisting evading or obstructing an officer
    Wilfred Sanchez, 18, shoplifting and battery, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Marilyn Lopez, 41, criminal damage to property
    Christina Rivera, 58, four-day commitment
    Juan Montoya, 34, positive for alcohol, probation violation, Adult Probation Office

  • Looking Back - Oct. 3, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Oct. 1 — The subject of a feature article in Wednesday’s Rocky Mountain News was Lionel Taylor, former Highlands University star, and perhaps the best pass receiver in pro football. The head for the story said, “Quarterbacks May Come And Go, But Changes Don’t Stop Taylor,” and Lionel’s pass receiving record, carried in the story, showed that he had operated with nine quarterbacks at Denver, had caught 363 passes for 4,703 yards and 31 TDs, from the 1960 season through to the ‘64 season.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 3, 2014

    Watershed Olympics

    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance’s Gallinas Watershed Olympics, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4 at the Las Vegas River Walk and West Las Vegas High School Parking lot. Teams compete in wood splitting, fly-casting, nature sculpture, watershed trivia, and in a mystery  game. Contact lgarcia@hermitspeakwatersheds.

  • Weather - Oct. 3, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 77. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 74. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 76.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:57 a.m. to 6:42 p.m.

  • Report IDs ‘weaknesses’

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation’s only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Mother may face new charges

    The Associated Press

    TAOS — New Mexico prosecutors aim to file new charges against a Tennessee woman in a chaotic traffic stop and chase last year during which a New Mexico State Police officer fired shots at her minivan full of children.

    Taos County District Attorney Donald Gallegos told KRQE-TV  this week that he will present Oriana Farrell’s case before another grand jury sometime this month.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 3, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Rodella ousted by commission

    ESPANOLA — Officials in a northern New Mexico county have replaced a convicted sheriff who refused to resign.
    Rio Arriba County commissioners voted 3-0 on Thursday to oust Sheriff Thomas Rodella, who was convicted last week in what prosecutors called a road rage traffic stop. Commissioners then appointed former deputy James Lujan to fill out the remainder of Rodella’s term.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct. 3, 2014

    Congratulations to the Las Vegas Wildlife refuge for its efforts Sunday  in providing refreshments, hayrides for all, nature fun and games for youngsters and for organizing the “Concert for the Birds,” featuring The Children’s Choir of Las Vegas under the direction on Kevin Zoernig and the Smooth Riders Jazz Quartet featuring Ralph Marquez (drums), Bruce Holmes (alto sax), Edward Harrington (bass), Kevin Zoernig (keyboard), joined by Steve Leger (trumpet).