Local News

  • Fire danger sparks firework concerns

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The fire season has been relatively mild across the West this year, but officials in New Mexico are doing what they can to rein in the use of fireworks given the dry conditions and high fire danger plaguing both states.

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been pushing hard for cities and counties to restrict the use of fireworks with local ordinances.

  • Looking Back - July 4, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, July 6 — Although there were a few familiar Democratic faces missing, more than 500 party faithful crowded into University Hall Thursday night to listen to Gov. Jack Campbell pay tribute to Apolonio Duran, chairman of the San Miguel County Democratic Central Committee, and to outline the accomplishments of the party, in the nation and state, during the past two years. There have been local efforts to unseat Duran as chairman.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 4, 2014

    Fiesta parade is Saturday

    The annual fiesta parade will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday at Second Street and Mills Avenue. From there, the parade will go west on Baca Avenue, south on Sixth Street, west on Douglas Avenue, north on 12th Street and west on Bridget Street. It will end on the Plaza.

  • Weather - July 4

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58.


  • Jail Log - July 4, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 20 and June 26:

    Mark Maestas, 27, hold for court: battery on household member, criminal sexual penetration, false imprisonment.
    Betina Martinez, 41, aggravated battery on household member, tampering with evidence
    Carlos Lucero, 32, probation violation
    Lorenzo Gallegos , 51, failure to pay fines and fees
    Julius Valverde, 25, battery on household member, cruelty to animals

  • Lucky scratcher for Martinez

    Submitted to the Optic

    A Las Vegas man won a $50,000 prize from the New Mexico Lottery.

    Beating odds of 1 in 160,000, Ernest Martinez revealed the prize in a “$50,000 Gold Rush” Scratcher™ that he bought along with his lunch on Wednesday.  He played the $5 game in his truck before leaving the store’s parking lot.   

    “I started laughing,” Martinez recalled for lottery officials in Albuquerque.  “And I laughed all the way home.  It was so exciting.”  

  • Red Cross issues holiday safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic
    This Fourth of July weekend, many people will be traveling, firing up the backyard grill or enjoying fireworks, and the American Red Cross offers a series of steps everyone can follow to safely enjoy the holiday weekend.
    “Everyone looks forward to having fun over the Fourth of July, and the Red Cross wants to make sure people know how to stay safe while enjoying the holiday,” said Josett Valdez Negley, Interim Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico.

    Highway safety

  • Grand marshal pick criticized

    San Miguel County’s Democratic party chairman is criticizing the decision to make Gov. Susana Martinez the grand marshal of this year’s fiesta parade.

    In an hour-long appearance on radio station KNMX last week, Suazo blasted the decision, calling it a slap in the face to the community.

    The Republican governor is seeking a second term in the November general election. She  is running against Democrat Gary King.

  • Flying high - Three days, two championships

    Playing a lot of softball and logging a lot of miles is nothing new to these girls.

    Neither is winning championships.

    On Sunday, the Las Vegas Xplosion traveling team and manager Michael Quintana were driving back from Denver after having won the USSSA Firecracker tourney with six games in two days.  

    But there was no time to celebrate or rest after the busy weekend. The team had to play Santa Rosa in a best-of-three series the following day as part of the District 4 Little League event ongoing this week at Rodriguez Park.

  • Cops: Speed a factor in crash

    Las Vegas police are planning to cite the 17-year-old driver who crashed near the Castañeda Hotel Saturday night with reckless driving.

    The crash occurred on Railroad Avenue near Lincoln Avenue. The vehicle, a red Pontiac Sunfire, struck a light pole, and the light pole fell over and was resting on a tree. The vehicle sustained severe front end damage.

    The driver and a 15-year-old female passenger who was in the backseat were injured in the crash and were transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital.