Local News

  • Meet the San Miguel County candidates

    Editor’s note: With the primary election set for June 3, it’s time to brush up on the candidates. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all San Miguel County candidates in contested races. What follows are their responses. There are no local contested races in the Republican primary, so the following candidates are all Democrats. A Q&A on the Mora County candidates will be published next week.


    Tomás E Salazar
    Age: 70

  • Parson gets raise, extension

    Anyone who knows Gene Parson knows he is all about the green and gold of West Las Vegas schools. Parson will continue leading his school district for at least two more years as superintendent. He has been awarded a two-year contract and a $15,000 salary increase by the school board.

    “They saw fit that I get a little more,” Parson said in a recent interview. “Hopefully it will make up for all the stress” (that comes with being superintendent.)

  • A literacy-biking connection
  • Altercation leads to stabbing

    A 19-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Friday after he allegedly stabbed another man during an altercation at the river walk near Bridge Street.

    Jose Lucero, who resides on the 700 block of Railroad, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. Las Vegas police filed paperwork in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday charging him  with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

  • Man accused of sixth DUI

    State police say a Las Vegas man is facing his sixth DUI after he almost struck a police officer over the weekend.

    Daniel M. Holguin, 69, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on a felony DUI charge and four misdemeanor charges on Friday. His bond has been set at $15,000.

  • State: 57 nuke containers from Los Alamos could be threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially “imminent” and “substantial” threat to public health and the environment, New Mexico officials said Monday.

  • Obama to designate Organ Mountains as landmark

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    After a nearly 10-year campaign by environmentalists, hunters and tourism officials to gain wilderness protection for the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico, the White House said Monday that President Barack Obama will declare almost 500,000 acres of mountain ranges above the Chihuahan Desert a national monument this week.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - May 21, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 21, 2014

    West graduation is Saturday
    West Las Vegas High School graduation takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Gillie Lopez Gymnasium.