Local News

  • Driver had troubled history

    By Karl Moffatt and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The alleged drunk driver involved in a rollover that left two dead and several others injured on Saturday has a lengthy record of traffic and other offenses, including reckless driving, speeding, possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    Indeed, juvenile court records portray Wayne Lovato, of the 2400 block of Calle Bonita, as a troubled and at times out-of-control youth who often ran afoul of the law and squandered second chances he had been given by the courts.

  • Ribbon-cutting ceremony - North side site for coffin maker

    Michael and Teresa Martinez saw a need to open a new business in Las Vegas.

    On Wednesday morning, the two, along with other county, local and federal officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking the beginning of an era for Meadow City Manufacturing Inc.

    Meadow City Manufacturing will be housed in a massive 8,500-square-foot building at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Wood Business Park, which is north of Las Vegas. The 153-acre site is also home to the county’s public works division. The property formerly housed Medite.

  • Recall effort under way for mayor

    A notice of intent to recall Mayor Alfonso Ortiz was filed with the city clerk’s office late Wednesday, setting in motion a process that could lead to an election at which voters would decide whether to oust Ortiz before the expiration of his term.

    The effort to remove Ortiz from office is led by longtime activist Lorenzo Flores, who has been critical of the mayor’s actions in the past.

    Flores announced that he had filed the notice during the public input portion of Wednesday evening’s City Council meeting.

  • Charges filed over bomb scare

    A 33-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested after he allegedly called the Las Vegas Police Department and threatened to blow it up.

    Jonathan Aragon, of the 1800 block of Lopez Street is facing a single county of perpetrating unlawful bomb scares. The incident occurred Monday night.

  • Looking Back - April 12, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, April 11 — In a letter addressed to the Optic, 23 West Las Vegas Schools teachers have protested the sale of liquor to minors in Las Vegas. The letter read, in part, “We, the faculty of West Las Vegas High School, as citizens, parents and teachers, protest the selling of liquor to minors. This situation is becoming more apparent and serious as time goes on. We wish to call this situation to your attention and urge that action on your part be instigated immediately.”

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 12, 2013

    Youth mariachi concert is tonight

    The Las Vegas Youth Mariachi Conference Concert is at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday) at Memorial Middle School. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

  • Weather - April 12, 2013

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers before 7 a.m., then a slight chance of rain showers after 1 p.m. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. West wind around 10 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 12, 2013

    From The Associated Press

  • Senate plans to stiffen border security

    By Erica Werner
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of senators finalizing a landmark immigration bill has agreed to require greatly increased surveillance of the border and apprehensions of people trying to cross it, a person familiar with the proposals said Wednesday.

  • Jail Log - April 12, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 2 and April 7:
    From April 2 to April 7
    Andrea Gallegos, 27, Back from 60-day evaluation,
    Anthony Cordova, 46, Failure to pay fines
    Nick Montoya, 46, Driving on Suspended Revoked License
    Tiffany Baca, 24, Positive UA
    Martin Maestas, 36, Trafficking a controlled substance to wit: heroin, trafficking a controlled substance to wit: methemohetamine, Possession of drug