Local News

  • Deputy busted in sex sting

    The run of bad luck for the Mora County Sheriff’s Office continued last week with the arrest of a deputy who is accused of trying to solicit sex from a child.

    Mark Preller, 56, has been charged with two counts of soliciting a child under 13 by electronic communication device, third-degree felonies. He was scheduled to be in Magistrate Court in Aztec Thursday for a preliminary hearing. During a preliminary hearing, a prosecutor presents evidence to a judge, and a judge determines whether probable cause exists to bind the case over to District Court for trial.

  • East board: No contract extension for super

    Evidence of the strained relationship between the Las Vegas City Schools Board and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez was on full display last Friday. The board voted unanimously against her request for a contract extension during a special board meeting.

    Additionally, board member Luis Ortiz complained that classes at Los Niños Elementary are overloaded, and as a result  his third-grade son began attending school at a West Las Vegas elementary.

  • Senior profile - Lorenzo Flores

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People who meet Lorenzo Flores tend to have a strong reaction to him.

    Many look up to him as a fearless advocate who isn’t afraid to fight for the little guy, even if it means taking on those in power. Others view him as little more than a misguided agitator hell- bent on stirring up trouble.

    Whatever one’s view of the 56-year-old activist might be, it’s clear that he isn’t afraid to fight for what he believes in.

  • Game and Fish probing elk deaths

    The state Game and Fish Department suspects that a virus might be responsible for the deaths of more than 100 elk just north of Las Vegas.

    The carcasses were discovered Tuesday within a half- to three-quarter mile area of Game Management Unit 46. The elk appear to have died within a 24 hour period.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 30, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 30, 2013

    Wagon Mound Bean Days

    The 103rd annual Bean Days in Wagon Mound kicks of at 6 p.m. Friday and runs through Labor Day. See today’s Page 3 for the full schedule of dances, races, parades and rodeos.

  • Weather - Aug. 30, 2013

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 62. Southeast wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

  • FYI - Aug. 30, 2013

    The Optic will be closed Monday in observance of the Labor Day holiday. Subscribers will get Monday’s edition in their Tuesday mail.

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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service. Rides are given in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishment to home.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 30, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Some teachers to get $5K stipends

    SANTA FE — New Mexico teachers can earn an extra $5,000 under a program by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration if they take jobs with struggling schools or increase the students passing advanced placement classes.

  • Las Vegas police warn public about scam

    Submitted to the Optic