Local News

  • Jail Log - Jan. 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 13 and Jan. 21:
    Matthew Cordova, 27, failure to report police contact
    Steven Quintana, 37, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
    Carlos Yara, 22, criminal trespass
    Rex Saiz, 37, new charges bench warrant Adult Probation Office/parole
    Ron Hoogerhuis, 52, five-day commitment
    Eduardo Gallegos, 26, positive UA Adult Probation Office/Parole
    David Raker, 19, giving false information

  • DA ‘surprised’ by decision in state police shooting

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A district attorney investigating a state police officer who shot and killed a Santa Fe woman says she’s surprised a grand jury ruled that shooting was justified.

    Speaking to reporters Tuesday, First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said she presented a full day of testimony from multiple sources, and within 50 minutes, the grand jury had made its decision, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Gov urges legislative focus on schools, jobs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez urged the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday to put aside political differences during an election year and focus their work on economic development and improving education.

    Martinez outlined her legislative priorities in her State of the State address after lawmakers convened for a 30-day session that’s limited to the budget, taxes and proposals placed on the agenda by the governor.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Saturday at Rec. Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

    The theme for this year’s event is based on the Native American dream catcher and tradition of storytelling: “Make Your Dreams Come True: Read, Read, Read!”

    To encourage writing, everyone has been invited to submit a short story which will be displayed at the fair.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Remedial help needed in NM
    SANTA FE — A new study says approximately half of the New Mexico students attending the state’s colleges and universities aren’t ready academically and that it’s costly for the state.
    The student released by the Legislative Finance Committee says 51 percent of the students needed remedial courses last year and that the cost was $22 million.

  • King likely to appeal ruling

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The attorney general of New Mexico has said he will likely appeal a ruling in a landmark lawsuit that terminally ill patients can seek a physician’s aid in dying.

    Attorney General Gary King was considering the appeal after Santa Fe Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan urged the action during a breakfast with lawmakers, King told the Santa Fe New Mexican in a story Wednesday.

  • Panel reviews gaming compact

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposed gambling compact with the Navajo Nation ran into opposition Wednesday from other tribes and pueblos in New Mexico because it would allow the Navajos to open additional casinos.

    In testimony to a legislative committee, leaders from Laguna and Acoma pueblos and the Jicarilla Apache Nation said that more casinos would dilute their share of a saturated gambling market, possibly forcing them to cut tribal services and reduce the workers in their casinos.

  • Mora hit with 2nd lawsuit

    A Houston company has filed suit against Mora county and its three commissioners, alleging that the community rights ordinance adopted by the county last April violates the constitution and should be struck down.

    The ordinance seeks to prohibit corporations from engaging in any oil and gas extraction in the county.

  • Public’s feedback welcomed - ‘Douglas Square’ on display

    Submitted to the Optic

    A scale model of a proposed “Douglas Square” downtown project is on display at Charlie’s Spic and Span Bakery and Restaurant for one month.

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is applying for state funding for Phase 1 of Douglas Square. Comment cards are available for the community to share their opinion and comments to help shape the final plan for this important downtown space.

  • Firefighters respond to two blazes

    City fire crews and members of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were busy responding to two separate fires late Monday and early Tuesday.

    The first blaze broke out in a vacant building on Commerce Street, beneath the overpass. Crews were dispatched to that scene a little after 7 p.m. Monday.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the building had pretty much been gutted prior to the fire, although there was debris inside the structure that burned.

    Mares said that fire appears to have been started by homeless people trying to stay warn.