Local News

  • Immigrant licenses plunge

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — First-time driver’s licenses issued to immigrants in the country illegally plunged by nearly a third in the past year despite no change in New Mexico’s policy of granting driving privileges, records show.
    The dramatic decline comes after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who’s up for re-election, pushed unsuccessfully for four years to scrap the state’s law allowing driver’s licenses to immigrants, regardless of their immigration status.

  • BREAKING: Arrest made in city's latest homicide

    A 39-year-old man is dead and another man is facing a murder charge following a stabbing early Tuesday morning on the 2400 block of Dalia Street.

    David Jude Lucero, also 39, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

    The victim, Raymond A. Chavez, died at the scene.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • 2 charged in heroin bust

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force says the recent arrest of a San Miguel County couple will “strike a significant blow” to a heroin trafficking organization operating in and around Las Vegas.

  • Serving up lunch - Summer meal programs under way

    Area youngsters have a place to grab breakfast and lunch this summer courtesy of programs at Las Vegas City Schools and the West Las Vegas School District. The annual summer food service program at Las Vegas City Schools has started as well as the Seamless Summer program at West Las Vegas Schools. Both school districts are offering breakfast and lunch at no cost for children 18 and younger.

  • Acting city manager confirmed

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Monday to confirm Elmer Martinez as acting city manager, signaling that a new day has arrived at City Hall.

    Martinez, a longtime city employee who has previously served as acting city manager, received a standing ovation from the governing body and from many in the audience following the vote.

    “I have nothing but high confidence in Mr. Martinez,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said as he offered his congratulations.

  • Highlands reunion set for next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is calling all alumni for its first-ever Summer Alumni Reunion June 27–28, with a special shout out to the class of 1964 on its 50-year golden anniversary.

  • 2 K-Bobs workers hurt

    Two male employees of K-Bobs were taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital Saturday afternoon after an aerosol container inside the restaurant overheated and burst, injuring them, according to the Las Vegas Fire Department.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the restaurant was evacuated while firefighters checked out the scene. He said there was no actual fire in the restaurant.

    Mares said he didn’t know the extent of the employees’ injuries.

  • Looking Back - June 18, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - June 18, 2014

    Fort Union Days
    Fort Union National Monument announces the return of its Fort Union Days weekend event on Saturday, June 21 and 22. The event weekend is free to the public and runs from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Weather - June 18, 2014

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Windy, with a south wind 10-20 mph, becoming southwest 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, becoming north 5-10 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.