Local News

  • Weather - Sept. 5, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • Correction - Sept. 5, 2014

    A caption in the photo page of the Aug. 29 edition of the Optic incorrectly stated that a raffle was being conducted by the Friends of Carnegie Library. However, the raffle for a blanket was conducted independently, not in connection with the Friends.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State sees drop in overdose deaths
    State health officials say New Mexico’s rate of drug overdose deaths has now dropped a second year in a row.

    The Department of Health reports that there were 449 overdose deaths in 2013 for a rate of just under 22 deaths per 100,000 population. That compares with 521 deaths and a rate of just under 26 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

    The department says the 2013 rate is the lowest since 2009 and that the two-year drop was the first since 1990.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 5, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 25 and Sept. 3:
    Daniel Roybal, 27, probation violation  
    James Clifford, 21, DWI
    Gary Vigil, 56, day commitment
    Roger Griego, 21, traffic offense, suspended/revoked
    Deena Vigil, 29, Adult Probation Office arrest order
    Anthony Valdez, 24, probation violation
    Destiny Garcia, 20, failure to appear
    ReginaRae Gutierrez, 29, failure to appear
    Lawrence Valerio, 38, battery on household member

  • Court to hear death-row appeals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s remaining death row inmates are asking the state’s highest court to spare them from potential execution because lawmakers repealed capital punishment after they were sentenced to die by lethal injection.

  • Tesla decision sparks criticism

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors’ a battery factory.

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn’t select New Mexico because of “a failure of leadership” by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

  • Organ was church’s finishing touch

    By Ray Zimmer
    Our Lady of Sorrows Historian

    Las Vegas has a fabulous history and we read and hear about it almost daily. There are famous statesmen, notable outlaws, interesting places and historic events. One of the most interesting stories about Las Vegas’ past is the history of the grand old pipe organ.

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  • East raises lunch prices by 25 cents

    Passing through the lunch line at Las Vegas City Schools costs a quarter more for students this year. The board unanimously approved the cost increase late last month.

    The reasoning behind the increase was to be in compliance with the reimbursement amount the district receives from the state.

    The new cost for lunch at the district is $2.75, compared to $2.50 last school year. All of the district’s students get free breakfast. Students who qualify for reduced lunch will be charged 40 cents.

  • New voting machines set for elections

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico voters will be casting ballots this November on new machines that have raised concerns among a legislative agency and some county clerks.

    The voting machines, which cost nearly $12 million to buy and set up, will make their debut in the Nov. 4 general election, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday. Clerks in all 33 counties have been thoroughly trained in their use, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.