Local News

  • Camp Luna grass fire contained

    While a grass fire was quickly contained Sunday afternoon by San Miguel-area firefighters, a larger fire was still burning in nearby Taos County —and the threat of wildfires remains extremely high across the region.

    Most of the Carson National Forest will be closing soon due to persistent dry conditions. The Camino Real Ranger District is already closed.

    The 85-acre Sardinas Canyon Fire, located 15 miles southeast of Taos, New Mexico is burning in rugged, remote terrain. It was zero percent contained as of early Tuesday morning.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, June 27, 2018.

  • Rowe man, 19, charged for contact with minor

    A Rowe man was arrested June 16 on three counts of criminal sexual penetration in the fourth degree after a state police investigation.

    Juan M. Vasquez, 20, was 19 when he was having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl who lives in the Pecos area. They had a relationship that began in the late summer of 2017 and was off-and-on until December, according to State Police reports.

    Reports do not mention why or how State Police learned of information that led to the investigation.  

  • Mora superintendent says double duty is common for small districts

    Mora Schools Superintendent Ella Arrellano took the time to speak with the Optic recently regarding a few separate issues of concern to local residents.

  • Suit names Father Griego personally

    A June 19 motion for a jury trial in San Miguel District Court was part of a standard legal move. However, the motion is part of a unique lawsuit.

  • John Doe ’79' files suit vs. archdiocese

    The Catholic priest abuse set of civil suits that has involved Our Lady of Sorrows Church and many other Archdiocese of Santa Fe locations recently grew by one more plaintiff, though the abuse is alleged at a Bernalillo County site.

  • LVPD gets $2K in tech funds as part of court settlement

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    In a recently released statement, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced the Las Vegas Police Department is one of seven government agencies to get a share of a $220,000 settlement in a technology price-fixing case.

    The LVPD received a check from Balderas for $28,029 for an electronic evidence management system. This will include software licenses, installation and unlimited training.

  • The value of hard work

    By Shane Flores, Special to the Optic
    NOTE: This is the second in a series about the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building restoration and museum project. The first story appeared in the June 17 Optic.

    The City of Las Vegas Museum will host an E. Romero Museum pop-up at the E. Romero Hose and Fire building on Bridge Street during the Fiestas that begin next weekend.

  • Taking back medicine

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A multi-agency opportunity for people to safely dispose of their unused or unwanted prescription medications — no questions asked, by turning them in to law enforcement — took place April 28 at Highlands University’s Melody Park.

    Organizers said it was an event for the community to come together and provide families with a positive, informative day filled with healthy, fun activities.

  • N.M. population growth trails other western states

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s population has grown at the slowest rate in the western U.S. during the past decade, with more people migrating away from the state than arriving, according to research released Wednesday by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

    The analysis highlights demographic challenges confronting state and local leaders in New Mexico as they try boost employment opportunities and stem the flight of young professionals and tradesmen to more economically robust states.