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Local News

  • Hearing officer rules against SMC Detention Center union president

    A San Miguel County Detention Center employee is involved in a case that could set a precedent regarding hourly wages.

    A Public Employees Labor Relations Board hearing was held July 6 to determine which wage Tony Vigil, the president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3013 union at the jail, should be paid. 

  • Man, woman arrested in shooting

    A Las Vegas man and woman were recently arrested on multiple charges after police say he shot a man in the leg during a late-night dispute over a cell phone.

    Aaron Benavidez, 28, was arrested for aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and other charges, while Amanda E. Coca, 26, was booked on conspiracy to commit aggravated battery. 

    The incident that led to the arrests allegedly happened June 23 at about 2:35 a.m. Las Vegas Police were called to a home in the 2000 block of Salazar Street by James Greenwald, who told dispatch he had been shot.

  • Luna being sued by former Santa Rosa director

    A former Luna Community College site leader is suing the school for lost wages and benefits, using the term "nepotism" frequently in a suit filed in Fourth District Court that cites whistleblower violations and breach of contract.

  • Drones: What are the rules?

    In only a few years, drones have become very popular with hobbyists. These small, pilotless aircraft have become more affordable, and the ease of operation makes them easy to fly.

    Because of this, some perceive drones merely as toys and often don’t consider the laws and regulations governing their use.

    The term “drones” is better known than the term “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or UAVs, even if drones are also known as the term for a class of military weapons.

  • Off Course

    Las Vegas firefighter were called out for a downed power pole that had been struck by a vehicle early Monday evening along Seventh Street, near K-Bob’s restaurant.

    Power was knocked out briefly in the area.

    Police arrested Champagne Valencia Smith, 25, of Albuquerque.

    Smith was charged with driving under the influence, three counts of criminal damage to property over $1,000; one count of criminal damage to property under $1,000; possession of an open container, first offense; no proof of insurance and no driver’s license.

  • WLV Board hears about Middle School progress

    The West Las Vegas Board of Education approved bids from three New Mexico companies at its regular meeting Thursday night.

    Raton’s Northern New Mexico Gas was approved as the vendor for propane. Septic Works from Estancia was selected for septic removal. And Las Vegas’ Diamond PRO Pest Control will handle extermination for the district, including its eight cafeterias.

  • Filming to take place near Plaza

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a news release from the City of Las Vegas, filming of a movie will take place in and around the Las Vegas Plaza this week, but the name or nature of the production won’t be released.

    Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 16-18,  filming will take place that will create traffic delays along Bridge Street and the Plaza area. This will impact parking around Plaza Drugs, Navajo textile, and the West Las Vegas Schools administration building.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, August 12, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2018:

  • Professor in Fine Arts wins sculpture award

    A New Mexico Highlands fine arts professor took home first place honors in a juried Rocky Mountain Region sculpture show.

    David Lobdell’s steel and iron piece, “Nesting Book #1,” was recognized at the Creede Sculpture Show in Creede, Colo., July 20.

    “My piece is a book made out of steel that has metal castings welded into it, featuring two iron nests that represent the empty nest we have in our home now that our two sons are 22 and 26,” Lobdell said.

  • UNM president comes to Vegas to meet with leaders

    A rare visit from the leader of the state's largest learning institution made this week allowed local officials to express some relevant concerns.

    University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes, who took over at UNM in March, came to Las Vegas on Wednesday morning for a brief meeting. As part of her effort to get out to all 33 New Mexico counties, Stokes met for about one hour with San Miguel-area leaders, mostly from the educational and medical fields, to hear concerns that pertain to the state's unvistities and to generally commit to more collaboration.