Local News

  • Weather - May 30, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. North wind 10-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48.


  • Correction - News - May 30, 2012

    The Optic misidentified one of the West Las Vegas graduates in a photo published on the cover of Monday’s edition. The graduate behind Julian Martinez is Mario Mascareñas.

  • In Brief - News - May 30, 2012

    The Associated Press

    Police arrest man in shooting
    LOS LUNAS — A man accused of shooting a 10-year-old boy during a home invasion in now in Belen police custody.

    KOAT-TV reports authorities arrested Leroy Montoya on Monday afternoon after a police pursuit that ended in a crash in Belen.

    Montoya is one of two men suspected of shooting the boy while attempting to burglarize a house May 23 in Los Lunas.

    Authorities say the 10-year-old was shot in the arm when he stepped in front of his mother.

  • Fire close to becoming largest

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two lightning-sparked blazes that merged in a mountainous southwestern New Mexico forest is close to becoming the largest wildfire in state history, fire officials said Tuesday.

    The U.S. Forest Service said the erratic blaze in Gila National Forest had grown to about 152,000 acres by Tuesday — just 5,000 acres from breaking the state record. It is about 15 miles east of Glenwood, N.M., a small town with a few hundred residents.

  • Poll: Heinrich, Wilson in lead

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — According to the results of a new poll, Democrat Martin Heinrich and former Republican Heather Wilson are the front-runners in the race to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

    The poll conducted by a firm for the Albuquerque Journal shows that 51 percent of the people who were surveyed support Heinrich, a two-term congressman.

    Twenty-six percent backed Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas, while 23 percent remain undecided.

  • ‘Heroes today and forever’

    A little more than a year ago, the lives of Frank Romero and Gene Hern drew to a horrific end in a trench off Cinder Road and Palo Verde.

    On Friday, their families, Gov. Susana Martinez and about 200 others gathered at the site to unveil a memorial and to recognize them as public servants who unwittingly and unknowingly gave their lives for the safety of others.

  • Class of 2012
  • Quintana prevails in Co-op race

    Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op Chairman Robert Quintana trounced his opponent in the race for the District 2 board of trustees position.

    Quintana beat challenger Rock Ulibarri by a more than two-to-one margin, garnering 246 votes to Ulibarri’s 105.

    The results were announced Thursday evening, minutes after the voting concluded. The news drew a thunderous applause from Quintana’s supporters. Quintana and Ulibarri then walked toward one another and shook hands.

    Quintana declined to comment on his victory on Thursday.

  • Vigil facing tough foe in primary

    The legislative race that has arguably drawn the most intrigue in San Miguel County is the matchup between Incumbent Richard Vigil and challenger Tomás Salazar.

    Vigil and Salazar are vying for the Democratic nomination for the District 70 House seat, which encompasses the vast majority of San Miguel County — including Las Vegas— and portions of Santa Fe and Torrance counties.

    Because there is no Republican challenger, the candidate winning in the June 5 primary is all but guaranteed the two-year term.

  • Looking Back - May 28, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, May 27 — Sixteen young people will receive their diplomas at commencement exercises of Las Vegas High School, at the Duncan Opera House. Dr. Frank N.H. Roberts, president of the New Mexico Normal University, will deliver the address.