Local News

  • 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

  • Jail Log - Aug. 30, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 17 and Aug. 26:
     Earl Romo, 26, possession of a firearm, possession of alcohol
    Lonnie Lucero, 33, battery on household member
    Damian Rivera, 43, positive UA
    Nathan Baca, 24, failure to pay child support
    April Sandoval, 34, original charge aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, shoplifting
    Christopher Benavidez, 24, positive UA (THC)
    David Romero, 53, hold for court
    Daniel Romero, 55, failure to appear

  • Convict says escaped Arizona inmate lied to captives

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE— An escaped Arizona convict killed an Oklahoma couple following a prison break because he didn’t want any witnesses to the carjacking and theft of their travel trailer and pickup truck, his former bunkmate and accomplice testified Wednesday.
    In his third day on the stand in the capital murder trial of John McCluskey, Tracy Province said McCluskey told retirees Gary and Linda Haas that he wasn’t going to hurt them, and that he only wanted their truck, cash and guns.

  • Lawyers see recent marriages as legally solid

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — As hundreds of gay couples flock to courthouses around New Mexico to get married, they are closely watching the next steps to be taken by the state’s highest court, the Legislature and possibly voters to resolve lingering legal questions on the issue.
    For now, six of the state’s 33 counties are issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples and a number of other clerks say they’re waiting for a court order before they take similar steps.

  • MLK’s dream inspires a new march

    By Nancy Benac and Suzanne Gamboa
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Standing on hallowed ground of the civil rights movement, President Barack Obama challenged new generations Wednesday to seize the cause of racial equality and honor the “glorious patriots” who marched a half century ago to the very steps from which Rev. Martin Luther King spoke during the March on Washington.

  • Soldier sentenced to death for shooting

    By Michael Graczyk and Nomaan Merchant
    The Associated Press
    FORT HOOD, Texas  — A military jury on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, handing the Army psychiatrist the ultimate punishment after a trial in which he seemed to be courting martyrdom by making almost no effort to defend himself.

  • Same-sex marriage - Local clerk to issue licenses

    San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Y. Rivera is joining the ranks of clerks in Doña Ana, Santa Fe and Bernalillo counties in issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples.

    She said she made the decision after consulting with County Attorney Jesus Lopez and the county clerk’s affiliate in New Mexico.  Rivera, a Democrat, said she had wanted to issue the license for a long time but waited because of the murky legal issues involved.