Local News

  • 14 file in Mora

    Fourteen hopefuls have filed for positions in Mora County government.

    The race for Mora County Sheriff will be the most crowded, with five candidates. They are: Greg M. Laumbach, Donaciano Trujillo, Americk Padilla, Eugene Martin Garcia and Robert J. Torres. All are registered Democrats.

    Not seeking the post is current sheriff Amos Espinoza, who is serving out the remainder of former sheriff Thomas Garza’s term. Garza  resigned last year as part of a plea agreement.

  • Silon remembered for her generosity

    Carole Silon, the co-director of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center who made audiences laugh with her recurring portrayal of “Mayor Nanita” in the Nat Gold Players “Over the Edge” productions, died on March 7. She was 76.

    She had been battling colo-rectal and lung cancer since June 2012, according to Pat Leahan, a close friend and the other director of the Peace and Justice Center.

    Leahan said Silon, a retired educator, didn’t fear death.

  • Looking Back - March 14, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 14, 2014

    St. Patrick’s Day Dinner is Saturday

    Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Tickets are $15 per person.

  • Weather - March 14, 2014

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then scattered rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Correction - March 14, 2014

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic about the runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat listed the incorrect date for that election. The election will be held on April 15.

  • Jail Log - March 14, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 28 and March 11.

    Mark Ludi, 43, PV: admitted to taking suboxone in prison
    Lawrence Valerio, 37, aggravated DWI, resisting evading, failure to report accident
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, bringing in contraband to a place of imprisonment, probation violation: failure to report accident
    Christopher Maes, 21, two counts battery on peace officer, resisting evading or obstructing an officer.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 14, 2014

    CORRECTION - March 17 - An Associated Press brief that ran in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that Las Vegas native and San Miguel County treasurer Laura Montoya was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery. Montoya was not arrested. She was issued a criminal summons to appear in court.

  • Investments up 16.3 percent

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s permanent investment funds recorded a healthy return of nearly 16.3 percent during 2013.
    The State Investment Council says the returns are more than twice its target of 7.5 percent.
    According to the council, the returns benefited from rising stock markets and a strategy of selling high.
    The council says it’s been reducing the overall portfolio’s volatility through improved diversification and an increased focus on income-producing assets such as energy, timber and real estate.

  • Searchers scour gas explosion rubble

    By Verena Dobnik
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.