Local News

  • Senior profile - Don and Mary Schutz

    Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    WAGON MOUND — Singly, and as a couple, Don and Mary Schutz have contributed time and talents to direct and enhance life in various quarters. Both are descendants of ranch families, and they are continuing the legacy.

    Mary was born in Albuquerque, in 1944 to Richard and Cecilia Sims, who ranched at Logan, N.M., until 1958, when they moved to the site northwest  of Wagon Mound where the Schutzes now live, called the S&S Ranch.

  • Steve shoots and Mike Schutz

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic

    “Mike Shoots,” “Steve Shoots” reads like a custom-made sports newspaper headline for two young men whose basketball talents are well known.

    It is true that each Wagon Mound product shoots, but they have also passed off, defended and rebounded. And they have the correct surname, Schutz, pronounced Shoots.    

  • Officers nab robbery suspect

    A 32-year-old Memphis, Tenn., man is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond after he allegedly stole a vehicle, robbed a local man at a gas station and then led police on a chase that ended in Santa Fe.

    The crime spree began Tuesday evening when a local woman reported that her 2009 black Kia was stolen from the parking lot north of Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. Then at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Las Vegas police were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at Franken Tire Center on Mountain View Drive.

  • Highlands partners with Russian school

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University signed an agreement with a Russian university for a dual master’s degree in the rapidly growing chemistry field of photonics.

    The memorandum of agreement is with the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is aimed at developing educational research cooperation between the two universities and opportunities for students.

  • Jail Log - May 30, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 19 and May 25:
    Alexiaray Archuleta, 23, dwelling, burglary
    Valerie Gallegos, 43, all other larcenies, receiving stolen property, failure to pay fines bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Mario Velasquez, 24, SM Mag
    Caleb Ortiz, 33, intimidation of a witness, tampering with evidence, shoplifting, criminal damage to property, bench warrant, DeBaca County
    Earnest Evans, 67, mental health hold

  • 4-vehicle accident on interstate led to pot bust

    Mother Nature lent authorities a hand in catching two men who were allegedly transporting more than 100 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 25 last week.

    Heavy downpours near Romeroville resulted in vehicles on Interstate 25 hydroplaning and four vehicles crashing last Thursday, San Miguel County Deputy Tim  Marquez said. Authorities closed down the interstate to deal with the accidents and get injured individuals needed medical attention.

  • State overhauling 10 bridges this year

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico is overhauling 10 structurally deficient bridges this year and has plans to replace three dozen bridges next year.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 55 bridges out of almost 3,000 state-owned bridges are due for preventive maintenance, such as replacing deck joints, deck sealing and painting.

    Nearly 300 more bridges around New Mexico were listed as structurally deficient in the 2013 National Bridge Inventory, and it will cost millions of dollars to fix them all.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 30, 2014

    The Associated Press

    NM lags in fiscal recovery

    SANTA FE — A national report says New Mexico’s tax collections haven’t fully rebounded from the recession and only three other states have experienced a slower revenue recovery.
    According to an analysis by The Pew Charitable Trusts, New Mexico’s tax revenue in the fourth quarter of 2013 was 17.9 percent below the state’s inflation-adjusted revenue peak of $1.5 billion in the final quarter of 2006.

  • Looking Back - May 30, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, May 28 — New Mexico Highlands University combined solid pitching with timely hitting to complete its finest season in the history of the school with a 26-win and six-loss baseball record. Senior outfielder Bill Lomas led the club in four batting departments with a .402 batting average. The Little All-American candidate was ranked fourth in the nation last week in stolen bases and finished his final season with 276 thefts to his credit.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 30, 2014

    Early voting ends Saturday

    If you’re a registered Democrat or Republican in San Miguel County, you have until Saturday to participate in early voting. You can vote early at the San Miguel County Clerk’s Office or at the San Miguel Senior Citizens Center in the Valley.