Today's News

  • FBI investigating Mickelson

    The Associated Press

    DUBLIN, Ohio — Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson confirmed FBI agents investigating insider trading approached him at this week’s Memorial Tournament. The five-time major champion said Saturday he’s done “absolutely nothing wrong.”

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - June 2, 2014

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers vs. Santa Fe, 6 p.m., Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Adult League games, TBA, city complex

    • Las Vegas Little League games, Keyes Park
    • La Plaza Little League games, Rodriguez Park
    • Las Vegas Train Robbers at Trinidad, 6 p.m., Trinidad, Colo.

  • East letting workers go

    Las Vegas City Schools interim Superintendent Lydia Flores said roughly 12 people have been given notice of non-renewal of their contract with the school district for next year.

    Flores said the notices were sent as a result of less funding from the state. The notices appear to be phase 1 of the reduction in employees at the east side school district.

    “We do not have the funds to carry the staff for next year,” Flores said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon. “We are not considering it a reduction in force (RIF).”

  • Senior profile - Don and Mary Schutz

    Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    WAGON MOUND — Singly, and as a couple, Don and Mary Schutz have contributed time and talents to direct and enhance life in various quarters. Both are descendants of ranch families, and they are continuing the legacy.

    Mary was born in Albuquerque, in 1944 to Richard and Cecilia Sims, who ranched at Logan, N.M., until 1958, when they moved to the site northwest  of Wagon Mound where the Schutzes now live, called the S&S Ranch.

  • Steve shoots and Mike Schutz

    By Art Trujillo
    Las Vegas Optic

    “Mike Shoots,” “Steve Shoots” reads like a custom-made sports newspaper headline for two young men whose basketball talents are well known.

    It is true that each Wagon Mound product shoots, but they have also passed off, defended and rebounded. And they have the correct surname, Schutz, pronounced Shoots.    

  • Officers nab robbery suspect

    A 32-year-old Memphis, Tenn., man is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center on a $100,000 cash bond after he allegedly stole a vehicle, robbed a local man at a gas station and then led police on a chase that ended in Santa Fe.

    The crime spree began Tuesday evening when a local woman reported that her 2009 black Kia was stolen from the parking lot north of Highlands University’s Wilson Complex. Then at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, Las Vegas police were dispatched to a robbery that had just occurred at Franken Tire Center on Mountain View Drive.

  • Highlands partners with Russian school

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University signed an agreement with a Russian university for a dual master’s degree in the rapidly growing chemistry field of photonics.

    The memorandum of agreement is with the National Research University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics in St. Petersburg, Russia. It is aimed at developing educational research cooperation between the two universities and opportunities for students.

  • Jail Log - May 30, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 19 and May 25:
    Alexiaray Archuleta, 23, dwelling, burglary
    Valerie Gallegos, 43, all other larcenies, receiving stolen property, failure to pay fines bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Mario Velasquez, 24, SM Mag
    Caleb Ortiz, 33, intimidation of a witness, tampering with evidence, shoplifting, criminal damage to property, bench warrant, DeBaca County
    Earnest Evans, 67, mental health hold

  • 4-vehicle accident on interstate led to pot bust

    Mother Nature lent authorities a hand in catching two men who were allegedly transporting more than 100 pounds of marijuana on Interstate 25 last week.

    Heavy downpours near Romeroville resulted in vehicles on Interstate 25 hydroplaning and four vehicles crashing last Thursday, San Miguel County Deputy Tim  Marquez said. Authorities closed down the interstate to deal with the accidents and get injured individuals needed medical attention.

  • State overhauling 10 bridges this year

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state of New Mexico is overhauling 10 structurally deficient bridges this year and has plans to replace three dozen bridges next year.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that 55 bridges out of almost 3,000 state-owned bridges are due for preventive maintenance, such as replacing deck joints, deck sealing and painting.

    Nearly 300 more bridges around New Mexico were listed as structurally deficient in the 2013 National Bridge Inventory, and it will cost millions of dollars to fix them all.