Today's News

  • Jail Log, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19:
    Paul Apodaca, 48, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court. Roberto Benavidez, 67, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Alexander Lara, 39, aggravated assault against a household member, stalking, Mora County.
    Mariano Araica, 26, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, robbery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Santa Fe County.

  • Wildlife Refuge program allows fun learning middle-schoolers

    Submitted to the Optic

    It turned out to be a wonderful year for the Mission Fly Away Program.

    Las Vegas’ Memorial, West Las Vegas, Raton, Maxwell, Cimarron, Springer, and Pojoaque Pueblo middle schools all participated in the Monarch butterfly program sponsored by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Las Vegas man charged with 7th DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the seventh time Tuesday after a Game and Fish officer observed him unable to maintain lanes along I-25 near Bernal.

    About 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, A Game and Fish sergeant notified the New Mexico State Police that a northbound vehicle was unable to maintain lanes along I-25 near mile marker 328.

  • City manager’s wreck did not require drug testing

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas has responded to requests for information about an August vehicle accident involving City Manager Richard Trujillo.

    While leaving his home to inspect the impact of storms on Aug. 6, Trujillo struck a family member’s vehicle with the city’s 2015 Chevy Impala he was driving, but the damage was only to a tail light and fender.

  • Historic railroad depot in West Texas faces demolition

    By Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News

    SNYDER, Texas (AP) — The Depot has reached the end of the line.

    "We felt like we've done everything we can, already," said Drew Bullard, chairman of the Scurry County Historical Commission. "We went through a very intensive process and we just couldn't get it done."

  • Qué Pasa, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

    Friday, Oct. 20

    A Zhikr, or Sufi ceremony of remembrance, will be held at 6 p.m. in the Buena Vida Therapy building at 601 Lincoln St. in Las Vegas. There is no charge; all are welcome. Donations for relief efforts of Puerto Rico will be accepted. For information, call 505-429-4344 0r 505-426-5087.


    Friday, Oct. 20

  • Boys Soccer: Cards rally past St. Mike's; can win district Saturday

    Surrounded by defenders, Musah Doumbia blasted the game-winning goal from the left flank with 1:47 left, lifting Robertson to a stirring 4-3 comeback victory over St. Michael's on Thursday at RHS Field.

    The Cardinals (13-6 overall, 10-1 in district) can win the district title outright Saturday against Santa Fe Prep. Match time is 10 a.m.

    Thursday's contest seemed well in hand for the home team after a 2-0 lead, but the Horsemen scored three straight goals to grab control with 7:15 left.

  • Noticias, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. 

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Alcoholics Anonymous local hotline is 505-425-3577.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Oct.20, 2017


    We applaud the Luna Community College Board of Trustees for deciding to hire a proffessional search firm in its effort to bring in a new permanent president. It’s understandable many will be skeptical of the board, especially when it’s only making statements and has yet to complete a truly fair president hiring process in recent years, but it’s a great start.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017.