Local News

  • Man stabbed on Church St.

    Las Vegas Optic

    A man was airlifted to a trauma center late Friday or early Saturday morning after he was stabbed on Church Street.

    Details on that incident were sketchy as of the Optic’s press time.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said a male was stabbed in the chest and was airlifted to a trauma center.

    Montaño said the man was in critical condition.

    “We have some possible suspects on that one,” he said.

    Names of the victim and the suspects weren’t immediately available.

  • Weather - May 20, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph becoming north 10 to 15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 51.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 20, 2013

    The VA Health Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. ths Tuesday at the VA Clinic located at 624 University Ave. For more information about the fair, please contact Linda Daninger at 265-1711 ext. 2625.

  • Looking Back - May 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, May 24 — Rex Morrison was elected Right Eminent Grand Commander, Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of New Mexico at the 63rd annual conclave of the grand commandery which concluded sessions this week at the Glorieta Baptist Assembly. Raised a Master Mason in Chapman Lodge No. 2 A.F. and A.M., Dec. 21, 1939, the distinguished local Mason served as worshipful master two years, 1946-47 and served as district deputy grand master for two years, 1948-49.

  • NMHU students create exhibit for museum

    By Margaret McKinney

    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students created a hands-on multimedia exhibit, The Science of Cities, for the Santa Fe Children’s Museum. A grand opening of the exhibit was held earlier this month.

    The high-tech, high-touch exhibit is designed to engage children in fun interactive learning about how cities work, including a cultural focus on Santa Fe’s nine sister cities around the world.

  • Proud son
  • Mayor’s travel tops $9,500

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the last 10 months Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz has spent more than two months on the road logging about 4,000 miles while attending some 30 official functions at a cost of $9,500 to the city.

    “And it was worth every penny of it,” says City Manager Tim Dodge of his boss’ travels.

    A lobbyist would cost the city around $25,000 just for the legislative session and couldn’t possibly bring the level of expertise and devotion to the job that Ortiz does, Dodge says.

  • Help for veterans - Vietnam vets to get equine assist

    Roberto Ortiz is no stranger to fighting to stay alive on foreign soil. The effects of flying bullets and being in a war-torn county still are vivid in his mind. But recently Ortiz and several other  Vietnam veterans have been getting help through a program that pairs veterans with horses.

    Earlier this year the local Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter No. 1063 teamed up with the local Ride to Pride program, the goal being to help veterans deal with mental and behavioral health issues using equine-assisted therapy.

  • Mora sheriff faces more sanctions

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the wake of being charged with tampering with public records and criminal solicitation, embattled Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza now faces further disciplinary action from the state Law Enforcement Academy board.

    The same board suspended Garza’s law enforcement certification for 120 days and placed him on one year’s probation last July in a separate case that did not produce any criminal charges.

  • Young fugitive back behind bars

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 20-year-old man who fled town last summer after an overnight stay with a woman turned sour is back behind bars on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, child abuse, tampering with evidence and fleeing from police.

    Rosendo Dimas, formerly of the 5900 block of Airport Road in Santa Fe, is being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond after the long arm of the law found him at the Chavez County jail, where he was being held on an unrelated drug case, according to court records.