Today's News

  • Electric co-op sued over fire

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that its negligence caused the 10,000-acre Tres Lagunas Fire last May that burned for weeks and damaged land owned by two property owners.

    The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state District Court in Santa Fe on behalf of David Old, his businesses — Old Wood and the Viveash Ranch — and River Bend Ranch LLC. It seeks unspecified compensatory, punitive and treble damages, along with attorney fees and expenses for bringing the lawsuit.

  • Jail Log - March 28, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 17 and March 23.

     Anna Maes, 26, probation violation: admitted to smoking marijuana
    Gilbert Gold, 53, 27-day commitment  
    Eugene Archuleta, 31, probation violation: positive
    Michael Miller, 51, failure to appear  
    Jessica Rivera, 26, aggravated DWI, driving in suspended revoked license, open container
    Jerry Martinez, 57, battery on household member, false imprisonment

  • Complimentary car wash
  • Fundraiser honoring Vegas native Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Third Annual Lung Cancer Bike Ride honoring the memory of Las Vegas native Annette Leger will take place on Sunday along the Rio Grande Bosque Bike Path.

    The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    Proceeds support programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

  • Boy died from ‘blunt trauma’

    The Associated Press

    An Albuquerque boy allegedly kicked to death by his mother last year had injuries over much of his body and died from “blunt trauma.”

    Details of Omaree Varela’s death were included in an autopsy report released Tuesday to the Albuquerque Journal.

    The boy’s mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 charges related to the boy’s death. She has been in jail on a $100,000 bond since her arrest in December.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, March 30 — Stewart Chamberlain has been named assistant station manager at Radio Station KFUN in Las Vegas. Mrs. Dorothy Thwaites will continue as station manager. Chamberlain, who formerly worked at radio stations in Gallup and Farmington and comes to Las Vegas from Albuquerque, took over at KFUN last Monday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 28, 2014

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad
    The 20th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place tonight (Friday) in Ilfeld Auditorium with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Advance tickets may be purchased at the KEDP radio station across the street from Ilfeld or at the door.


  • Weather - March 28, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Breezy.

    Sunny, with a high near 65.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 28, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Police plan DWI checkpoints
    New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora counties during the next two weeks.
    According to Sgt. Leonard Arias of the New Mexico State Police, Dist. 2, several DWI saturation patrols will be conducted.

    New position for ex-chief

  • Scholar, Highlands students to strike a pose on the Plaza today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students are working closely with visiting professor and artist Yolanda Domínguez of Spain to develop performance art pieces they will perform around Las Vegas today (Friday) and April 4.

    Domínguez is a well-known  visual and performance artist and social activist who is teaching at Highlands for two weeks, thanks to the university’s Ballen Visiting Scholar Program.