Today's News

  • Jail Log - April 18, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 4 and April 14:
    Dion Maes, 46, FTA BHH bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Peter Griego, 39, adult probation office warrant: failure to report
    Michael Romero, 20, adult probation office warrant  
    Stella Martinez , 31, adult probation office violation
    Jason Lopez, 40, BHM/aggravated BHM/interference with communications/intimidation of a witness bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 18, 2014

    City of Las Vegas departments and 132 volunteers collected 260 bags of trash from April 7 to April 13. It was part of the latest Keep Las Vegas Beautiful event coordinated by city employee Diego Trujillo. In all, city employees and volunteers collected 34,575 pounds of trash during the week. That’s quite an accomplishment. But there’s more work to be done. So let’s each roll up our sleeves and get to work cleaning up our own yards and streets.


  • Editorial Cartoon - April 18, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Las Vegas is born

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Even before 1835, farmers and ranchers from San Miguel had raised crops and grazed livestock on the lush meadows along the Rio Gallinas. And as related in our last column, Luis María Cabeza de Baca and his family had settled las vegas as early as 1820.

  • Highlands media arts grads to showcase work

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A record number of 15 New Mexico Highlands University graduating media arts BFA students will present their work in a show, with the opening reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the media arts building on the NMHU campus at 901 University Ave.

    The exhibition is from Tuesday, April 22 to Friday, April 25 in both wings of the Media Arts Building.

    Media arts professor Miriam Langer’s advanced media projectclass planned the BFA show.

  • Que Pasa - April 18, 2014

    • San Miguel County Offices will be closed from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday. Offices will reopen on Monday, April 21.
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Friday, April 18 in observance of Good Friday.
    • The City Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, April 18 due to the Good Friday holiday. If you have any questions, call 426-3217.


  • Noticias - April 18, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Prisons end overnight visits

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Joining a growing trend nationally, New Mexico Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it is ending its 30-year-old policy of allowing inmates overnight visits with lovers and family.

    Beginning May 1, inmates in the state’s 11 prisons will no longer be allowed conjugal visits, the agency announced.

  • Three oversight members resign

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, — Half of the members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department.
    The resignations Tuesday by three members of the civilian review board come less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report on what it called excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression at the Police Department. Albuquerque officers have shot at 37 men since 2010, killing 23.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 18, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Dad facing child abuse charges

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque infant is in critical condition after police say she was shaken by her father.
    Police say 22-year-old Stefon Miller first told officers he was playfully tossing the 3-month-old girl in the air when she was injured. Then he said she hurt herself while playing in a bouncing chair.
    A criminal complaint says Miller eventually told police he shook his daughter out of frustration.