Local News

  • Former Priest arrested on sex abuse charges

    A priest who was already facing a lawsuit from seven anonymous defendants will now face criminal charges after he was taken into custody by State Police on Tuesday.

    Sabine Griego, 81, of Las Vegas, was arrested Tuesday at his home and taken to a jail outside San Miguel County. As part of a concerted effort by Attorney General Hector Balderas, his office has become more involved in criminal prosecution of priests accused of abusing children, marking a turn from the lawsuits and settlements that have gained visibility since the 1990s.

  • High winds take out power, trees

    A massive spring storm came to New Mexico this week, and left havoc in the Las Vegas area.

    Downed trees and a major power outage punctuated the effects of a storm that included heavy thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening, overnight snow Tuesday night — eight inches in some places — followed by one of the most violently windy days in recent memory.

    Wind is forecast to taper off, but a major drop in temperature are possible Wednesday night, Thursday and Thursday night.

  • Commission approves Pendaries land plat change

    A lengthy hearing led to a pair of decisions about a Pendaries Village property by the San Miguel County Commission at Tuesday’s monthly meeting.

  • Honoring those who served

    Military & Veterans Day was held at the New Mexico Legislature on Monday.

    Here,Senior Airman Elizabeth Epenesa prepares for the Color Guard presentation to begin Military and Veterans’ Day in the Capitol Rotunda.

  • Senate sends right-to-work reform to governor’s desk

    By Andrew Oxford and Milan Simonich, Santa Fe New Mexican 

    New Mexico is not what is known as a “right-to-work” state, and the Legislature drove home that point Sunday night.

  • Key Senate panel adjusts state spending plan

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican 

    Monday, a key Senate committee unveiled 123 different changes to a $7 billion state budget approved by the House of Representatives, tweaking proposed raises for school teachers, funding for a marquee economic development program and plans to bring back soccer at the University of New Mexico.

  • Vegas woman due in court on abuse charges

    By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic


    A Las Vegas woman is scheduled to be arraigned in San Miguel Magistrate Court this week following charges of child abuse and battery of a household member stemming from a February incident.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, Las Vegas Police were dispatched to a house in the 2100 block of Romero Street just after 12 a.m. Feb 11 regarding a domestic dispute.

  • Ex-lawmakers now lobbyists, raising eyebrows

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — Some former New Mexico lawmakers and public officials are lobbying the Legislature even though they’ve been out of office less than a few months.

    And there is no state law to prevent it.

  • Senate committee deadlocks on ethics panel

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican 

    New Mexicans voted in a landslide for an ethics commission to police those in state government. But a Senate committee can’t seem to agree on how it should work.

  • Legislative roundup, March 12

    Santa Fe New Mexican staff

    Legislative roundup, March 12:

    Days remaining in session, as of Tuesday morning: 4

    Tax breaks nixed: A bill that would have lowered gambling taxes paid by racetracks from 26 percent to 10 percent died Monday in a 33-32 vote of the House of Representatives.