Local News

  • Local man accused of embezzlement

    A 39-year-old Las Vegas man spent the holidays behind bars after he was charged with embezzlement.

    Harry Voss, who, according to court documents, resides on Topaz Lane, was arrested by state police on Dec. 7 after his former employer called authorities. Voss remained locked up at the San Miguel County Detention Center as of Thursday morning. His bond was set at $10,000 cash.

  • State lags in population growth

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Census estimates indicate New Mexico gained just 1,747 people in the 12 months ended in July, putting the state among the bottom for population growth.

    The new estimates put New Mexico’s estimated population at 2,085,287, an increase of just .08 percent, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

    Meanwhile, the neighboring states of Utah, Texas, Colorado and Arizona had population growth rates averaging 1.4 percent.

    The Census Bureau makes its estimates based on migration patterns, births and deaths.

  • Las Aguitas native receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Don Facundo Valdez, a well-known resident of Las Vegas and native of Las Aguitas in Mora County, was honored recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the New Mexico Acequia Association.

    Acequia leaders from throughout the state gathered in Santa Fe for the annual Congreso de las Acequias and recognized Valdez for his lifelong devotion to his community and for his many years of distinguished service as an educator, community organizer, counselor and a strong voice for social justice.

  • Ousted Santa Fe Community College president contests dismissal

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The ousted president of Santa Fe Community College is citing a state law providing protections for whistleblowers as she contests her firing.

    Lawyers for Ana “Cha” Guzman say the college board fired her in retaliation after she wrote a letter to the state auditor in October to request an investigation into the college’s finances.

    The college board fired Guzman last month, saying it was invoking a contract provision that allows dismissal for “just cause.”

  • Victim’s name released

    State police have identified the Mora County man who was stabbed at his home on Christmas Eve following a home invasion.

    The victim is Selso Romero, 69, state police Sgt. Damyan Brown confirmed on Tuesday. Brown said Romero has  been released from University of New Mexico Hospital, where he was transported for treatment.

    Police have said that Romero was robbed and stabbed. He told police there were two men.

    State police ask that anyone with information about the home invasion and stabbing contact Sgt. Ben Romero at 425-6771.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 3, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 16 and Dec. 29:
    Nancy Jaramillo, 42,  failure to appear, bench warrant San Miguel District
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 24, possession of drug paraphernalia with intent to distribute, Adult Probation Office bench warrant, failure to report SM Magistrate /Adult Probation Office
    Valentino Benavidez, 39, failure to register as sex offender bench warrant  San Miguel Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Jan. 3, 2014

    In 1964

    Friday, Jan. 3 — The Gallinas skating pond has been given a big play by skaters during the recent weeks of cold nights, sunny days and no snow. The Las Vegas Skaters Association keeps the ice clear of what snow may fall and sees to it the pond is in skating shape. Las Vegans are lucky to have such a beautiful skating area close at hand.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 3, 2014

    Tri-County Farmers Market

    The Tri-County Farmers Market will continue through the winter months. Fresh produce and beautiful crafts at the winter location in the Travelers’ Cafe on the Plaza. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday.

  • Weather - Jan. 3, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. West wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 37. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 9.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Texting, dialing increase risk

    By Marilynn Marchione
    Chief Medical Writer
    A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

    This one did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices — a major weakness.