Today's News

  • Attorney vs. city’s top cop

    San Miguel County voters have just one local race to decide on Tuesday, but it’s a big one.

    The race for Division 1 magistrate judge pits attorney Eddy Gallegos, 57, against Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño, 44.

    Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Gallegos, a Republican, to the position 14 months ago, but in order to hold onto it past Dec. 31, he will have to garner more votes than Montaño, the Democratic candidate,  in the Tuesday general election. Roughly 70 percent of voters in San Miguel County are registered as Democrats.

  • Carnival preparations
  • Charges likely in pot grow case

    Authorities are looking to file charges against three male Mexican nationals they encountered Friday wile investigating a marijuana grow in the Santa Fe National Forest north of Villanueva.

    “We have three Mexican nationals who are persons of interest and are still being investigated,” Las Vegas police Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said Monday. “Now that we did find the grow,  we are looking at filing charges against those persons of interest.”

  • King struggles against Martinez

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrat Gary King hopes to follow his father’s footsteps into the governorship of New Mexico but he’s struggled to raise money and make much headway against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, the nation’s only Latina governor.

  • Luna admin building named after Paiz

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted unanimously last week to name the administration building after Maria H. Paiz.

    A formal dedication ceremony is scheduled for Friday.

    Paiz, who was the executive office manager for the president’s office, died unexpectedly in April. She was known to be professional, organized, loyal, articulate and dedicated to the students and staff at Luna Community College.

  • Police: Deputy kills fleeing colleague

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    A Santa Fe County sheriff’s deputy accused of killing a fellow deputy fired several rounds from his semi-automatic weapon as his colleague tried to flee an alcohol-fueled argument at a hotel, police said Tuesday.

    The shooting happened just after midnight at Hotel Encanto in Las Cruces, where the two deputies had stopped to spend the night after transporting a prisoner to Safford, Ariz.

  • Creating the scene
  • Parachute Factory hosting two free and fun events

    Submitted to the Optic

    Parachute Factory, northern New Mexico’s leading makerspace, will host two free events for all ages on Friday and Sunday.
    On Halloween Friday), join Chapter 1063 of the Vietnam Veterans of America for a special holiday edition of Fixit Friday. Bring in whatever needs to be fixed. Veteran volunteers will be glad to help.

    Friday’s event takes place from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the factory, located at 166 Bridge St.

  • Noticias - Oct. 29, 2014

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

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 29, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Halloween Visitor” by Michelle Smith. Free and open to the public.