Local News

  • Highlands professor’s sculpture featured around the world

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University fine arts professor David Lobdell’s steel sculpture “Blue Rail” is being featured in a Six Mile Sculpture Works exhibit in Granite City, Ill.

    Lobdell’s piece was cast at the Amsted Rail Company in Granite City in the summer of 2017 for an industry-meets-the- artist program.

  • Police: Driver health may be issue in fatal church bus crash

    The Associated Press

    PUEBLO, Colo. — Colorado authorities on Monday were investigating what caused a bus carrying a New Mexico high school church group home from a weekend retreat to veer off a highway and crash, killing the driver and a man training to become a Catholic priest.

  • House looks set to pass emergency funding bill for migrants

    The Associated Press

    Democratic leaders in the House proposed somewhat tighter requirements for the care of unaccompanied refugee children as they sought to pass a $4.5 billion emergency funding bill to address the humanitarian crisis involving the thousands of migrant families detained after crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

  • Local siblings debut art exhibition

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Siblings Ali and Chris Romero, students in New Mexico Highlands University’s media arts and technology program, joined forces this month for an art exhibition at 2Ten Galeria in Las Vegas.

    In their artist statement, the two describes their “Lukewarm Mess” exhibition as absurd, playful and offbeat, focusing on the use of minimal but impactful color combinations as well as the way light affects these colors. The exhibition continues through July 7.

  • Man charged with sixth DWI, drug possesion allegedly takes it like a man

    A local man who has been charged with driving under the influence for the sixth time and possession of a controlled substance had allegedly told the police that he will take it like a man after resisting arrest.

    Canuto M. Lobato, 37, is also being charged with resisting an officer, improper use of evidence of registration, open container, and no proof of insurance, among other charges, for an incident occurring in the early hours of June 1.

  • Local pastor arrested on two counts of child abuse

    A local pastor was arrested earlier this month on two counts of child abuse after he allegedly struck a pair of children in his care.

    Carlos Santiago Duran, 38, of Las Vegas, faces two counts of third-degree felony child abuse. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center June 5, and released the next day on a $10,000 bond.

  • ECC Solar ribbon cutting

    ECC Solar management and staff and local officials were on hand recently when the solar company held a ribbon cutting after fully remodeling its Fifth Street facility.

    From the left are Louie Plagge, Ben Remmers, Lisa Lane, Cary Lane; Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron, Las Vegas Councilors Vince Howell and Barbara Perea-Casey and Las Vegas / San Miguel Chamber of Commerce board members Anissa Apodaca and Phillip Martinez.

  • New Mexico speeds up tax rebates to film industry

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico announced tax rebate payouts of nearly $100 million to producers of film and television shows that were shot within the state in recent years, as the state’s Democratic governor courts new investments and industry jobs.

    The Taxation and Revenue Department said Thursday that payments of $98.5 million will be issued this week to 98 shows.

  • ABQ man pleads guilty to planting bomb in ex’s home

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque man has pleaded guilty to planting an explosive device under the bed of his former girlfriend.

    Federal prosecutors say a sentencing date for 20-year-old Ethan Guillen hasn’t been set yet.

    Guillen was earlier indicted for possession of an unregistered destructive device and malicious attempt to destroy property by means of fire or explosives.

    Prosecutors say Guillen entered his ex-girlfriend’s apartment in May 2017 while she was away.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, June 23, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 12 and June 19, 2019: