Today's News

  • Train Robbers 2014 schedule

    Monday, May 12
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 16-7
    Tuesday, May 13
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 11-5
    Thursday, May 15
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 6-3
    Friday, May 16
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, W, 13-7
    Saturday, May 17
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Alpine, L, 5-3
    Sunday, May 18
    * Las Vegas Train Robbers at Roswell, L, 11-8
    Monday, May 19

  • Go Fish - May 23

    Conchas Lake: Fishing was good using tubes, senkos, chigger craws, smallie beavers, jerk baits and topwater lures for smallmouth bass and largemouth bass. Fishing good using crank baits and spinner-night crawler combinations for walleye. Fishing fair to good using minnows, small tubes and small jigs for crappie. Fishing good trolling crank baits for white bass. Fishing fair to good using liver, stink bait and night crawlers for catfish. Central Recreation Area reopened May 19.
    Coyote Creek: Trout fishing fair to good using Power Bait, worms and salmon eggs.

  • Most local races will be decided June 3

    Democrats and Republicans throughout the state will head to the polls on June 3 to select their candidates for the General Election in November.

    But in San Miguel County, where 71 percent of registered voters are Democrats, primary elections have historically taken on added significance, and that’s certainly the case this year.

    The only Republican who filed in a local race is Magistrate Judge Eddy M. Gallegos, who is hoping to hold on to the Division 1 magistrate seat that Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to last year.

  • Meet the San Miguel County candidates

    Editor’s note: With the primary election set for June 3, it’s time to brush up on the candidates. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all San Miguel County candidates in contested races. What follows are their responses. There are no local contested races in the Republican primary, so the following candidates are all Democrats. A Q&A on the Mora County candidates will be published next week.


    Tomás E Salazar
    Age: 70

  • Parson gets raise, extension

    Anyone who knows Gene Parson knows he is all about the green and gold of West Las Vegas schools. Parson will continue leading his school district for at least two more years as superintendent. He has been awarded a two-year contract and a $15,000 salary increase by the school board.

    “They saw fit that I get a little more,” Parson said in a recent interview. “Hopefully it will make up for all the stress” (that comes with being superintendent.)

  • A literacy-biking connection
  • Altercation leads to stabbing

    A 19-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested Friday after he allegedly stabbed another man during an altercation at the river walk near Bridge Street.

    Jose Lucero, who resides on the 700 block of Railroad, was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash bond. Las Vegas police filed paperwork in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday charging him  with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony.

  • Man accused of sixth DUI

    State police say a Las Vegas man is facing his sixth DUI after he almost struck a police officer over the weekend.

    Daniel M. Holguin, 69, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on a felony DUI charge and four misdemeanor charges on Friday. His bond has been set at $15,000.

  • State: 57 nuke containers from Los Alamos could be threat

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    Los Alamos National Laboratory packed 57 barrels of nuclear waste with a type of kitty litter believed to have caused a radiation leak at the federal government’s troubled nuclear waste dump, posing a potentially “imminent” and “substantial” threat to public health and the environment, New Mexico officials said Monday.

  • Obama to designate Organ Mountains as landmark

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    After a nearly 10-year campaign by environmentalists, hunters and tourism officials to gain wilderness protection for the Organ Mountains and Desert Peaks in southern New Mexico, the White House said Monday that President Barack Obama will declare almost 500,000 acres of mountain ranges above the Chihuahan Desert a national monument this week.