Local News

  • Jail Log - May 16, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 5 and May 8:
    Gary Esquibel, 31, revoked conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    Levi Varela, 27, aggravated battery with deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, bench warrant, SM District
    Alfred Waldo, 33, battery on healthcare worker, resisting evading or obstructing an officer
    Eric Hester, 37, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, no use of signals
    Anthony Urioste, 43, one-day commitment

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 16, 2014

    Optic Wire and Staff

  • Looking Back - May 16, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, May 14 — City Manager Harry Houck announced today that he had received word that a U.S. Army band from Fort Sill, Okla,., is scheduled to be in Las Vegas June 13 to march in the annual Cowboys’ Reunion Rodeo parade. Houck said that Lt. Col. L.B. Mattingly of Fort Sam Houston had notified him that a 30-piece band would be flown in for the parade, if a large plane was available. If the larger plane was unavailable, a 20-piece band would be flown in.


  • Looking Ahead - News - May 16, 2014

    Bike Safety Rodeo

    Twenty-third Annual Kiwanis Club of Las Vegas Bike Safety Rodeo, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 17 at the Wilson Complex parking lot. Admission is $5 for a new helmet and $1 if you wear your own helmet. For more information, call John Spencer at 425-3637.

  • Weather - May 16, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:55 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Private landowners workshop Saturday at Pritzlaff Ranch

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Pritzlaff Ranch is a 3,300-acre spread located north of Las Vegas. The ranch has been managed with wildlife conservation as its groundwork through the Biophilia Foundation. This foundation is premised on the belief that through private landowner’s efforts to restore and protect natural resources our countries lands will become healthy and sustainable ecosystems.

  • ‘A sacred place of healing and hope’

    By Jonathan Lemire and Jennifer Peltz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — President Barack Obama praised the new Sept. 11 museum on Thursday as “a sacred place of healing and of hope” that captures both the story and the spirit of heroism and helpfulness that followed the attacks.

  • Tips sought on school fire

    Las Vegas Police Department Commander Ken Jenkins told a large group of parents, community members and students of the fire-damaged Rio Gallinas School campus on Socorro and Chavez Street, that he is currently pursing new leads on the alleged arson case.

    The meeting took place at the Old Town Presbyterian Mission church, adjacent to the school.

    The case stems from a fire that broke out at the local charter school late Thursday and caused the school to switch gears with several weeks of classes left.

  • Almost like winter
  • Arson defendant back in jail

    One of the men accused of trying to cover up a murder by setting an apartment on fire last year is back in jail for violating his conditions of release.

    Gary Esquibel, 31, was taken into custody and jailed on May 5. It was Esquibel’s attorney, Eugenio Mathis, who contacted authorities and notified them that Esquibel had not been home, and that his parents were worried about him.