Local News

  • First major winter storm of season slams San Miguel, Mora counties

    The first major northern New Mexicoxicco storm of the 2018-19 winter season hit the area Sunday afternoon and night, causing travel issues.

    Mora Schools opened on a two-hour delay Monday. West Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Schools and Pecos Schools were already set to be closed Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

  • New Mexico set to have all-minority U.S. House delegation

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

  • Colo. Springs robbery suspect arrested after Watrous standoff

    A Colorado Spring armed robbery suspect was taken into custody by New Mexico State Police on Friday in an incident that ended with a standoff in Watrous, according to a news release.

    Friday, at about 1:30 p.m., State Police was alerted by Colorado authorities to a vehicle pursuit moving south along on Interstate 25 from Colorado into New Mexico, near Raton. Juan Moises Chavez, 30, of Colorado Springs, was the suspect in an armed robbery and was actively fleeing from the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office out of Walsenburg, Colo.

  • City hires police chief — again

    Friday, for the second time in three months, the Las Vegas City Council approved the mayor's appointment of a permanent Chief of Police.

    In September, the Council appointed Jerry Delgado as its police chief, only to have him resign about nine days into the job under scrutiny regarding his past. Friday, at a special meeting, Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón appointed David T. Bibb as Chief of Police, and he as confirmed by a unanimous vote of the Council. 

  • Old is the name, wood is the game

    "Old Wood" is a catchy enough name for a business.

    If that business can take things to the next level in the next few years, the company will be known for far more than being clever.

  • Pastries for Pookie

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    Running a restaurant was never in the plan for Pookie’s Bakery and Café chef/owner Annette Lujan, although cooking has been her passion and joy since she was young.

    “My grandmother, mom and other women in the family would be baking and preparing food. They would chase us kids out of the kitchen, but I would always sneak back in and help when they would let me. I think I inherited my baking and cooking gene from my grandmother.”

  • West delays decision on arming resource officer

    There’s no perfect answer. That’s what Gino Zamora, legal counsel for West Las Vegas Schools, told the Board of Education Thursday night as he laid out the options for having an armed presence on district campuses.

    Zamora told the board the district had three options that, due to requirements set forth by the district’s insurer, must be ruled out in order. In other words, in order for the board to chose option three, it has to deem options one and two not feasible.

  • Women office-seekers gain ground in Land of Enchantment

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico state House inched within four seats of gender balance with a surge in victorious female Democrats in the midterm elections, echoing the trend in Congress.

    Overall, 31 women won election to the 70-seat New Mexico House, an increase from 23 female lawmakers a decade ago. In 1973, there were none.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Nov. 11, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 31 and Nov. 7, 2018:

  • Luna instructor going strong after 50 years of teaching

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Dorothy Simpson has been teaching for 50 years. There is a reason for her successful five-decade run — in simple terms, she loves to teach.

    “I never planned on teaching for 50 years,” Simpson said. “I’m going to be 75 in February, so I’m not that young, but I don’t feel old. I had an aunt that taught English courses until she was 89. After this, she was still able to tutor students. She passed away at age 94. ”