Today's News

  • Witness: Shots not justified

    A woman who says she witnessed the end of Saturday night’s police pursuit on Interstate 25 contends that the wrong-way driver did nothing to provoke being shot.

    Helen Vargas, of Romeroville, told the Optic that she and her husband heard the commotion on the interstate and went to see what was happening.

    State police have said in news releases and in court documents that the wrong-way driver, 72-year-old Albert Urban of Hamburg, N.Y., was shot after he “drove aggressively towards one of the officers.”

  • Ex-councilor to challenge Trujillo

    Municipal Judge Eddie A. Trujillo has drawn two opponents for the March 4 municipal election, including Diane Moore, who previously served on the council for two terms

    Also filing for the judge post is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings, who has previously run unsuccessfully for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education and for the a local state House of Representatives seat.

  • Best Historic Day Trip - Vegas to be featured in TV show

    Normally when one sees Las Vegas on television it is the background of A&E’s Longmire series or in a movie that was filmed here, such as Red Dawn. But on Saturday, Las Vegas will be featured on television for another reason.

    The Meadow City was designated as the Best Historic Day Trip in New Mexico for 2013. The segment airs at 4:30 p.m. Saturday on KOB channel 4.

    The segment was broadcast nationally on the Discovery Channel in late December.

  • Aragon announces run for judgeship

    Longtime attorney Anna M. Aragon announced Wednesday that she will be running for a judgeship in the 4th Judicial District, which encompasses San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties.

    Aragon, a Democrat, will be seeking the Division 1 position, which is currently held by Gerald Baca. Baca was appointed to the post by Gov. Susana Martinez after longtime Judge Eugenio Mathis resigned.

    Baca said back in April that he would be running to retain the seat.

    The primary is in June with the General Election in November.

  • FYI - Jan. 10, 2014

    The Las Vegas Police Department has been seeing a rash of stolen sun art from outside homes. Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño says any information people have to help solve the crime would be appreciated. Call Crimestoppers at 425-8884.

  • Accident claims life in Mora County

    A blown-out tire likely caused a fatal accident Wednesday afternoon on Interstate 25, near Wagon Mound.

    State Police who investigated the accident have not yet identified the victim, a male, who was ejected from his vehicle in the single-vehicle rollover.

    Police say the blowout caused the vehicle, a Ford SUV, to roll over. The identification of the driver is being delayed until next of kin are notified.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 10, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 30 and Jan. 5:
    Daniel Rivera, 20, positive UA
    William Lujan, 21, positive UA (THC)  
    Martin Quintana, 23, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Mario Trujillo, 33, failure to pay child support bench warrant Mora
    Alfred Waldo, 33, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, open container, reckless driving, no registration, no insurance,
    Joey Barela, 53, 22-day commitment Mora

  • Looking Back - Jan. 10, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, Jan. 13 — “The Rio Grande Adventure,” a history of New Mexico textbook designed for the junior high schools in the state, has recently been released by Lyons and Carnahan, publishers. Author of the attractive and profusely illustrated book is Dr. Lynn I. Perrigo, head of the department of history and social science at Highlands University.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 10, 2014

    Tri-County Farmers Market
    Fresh produce and crafts are available at the Farmers Market, which is continuing its operation through the winter months. The winter location is the Travelers’ Cafe on the Plaza. Hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

  • Weather - Jan. 10, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 44. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind around 10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Windy. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

     Sunny, with a high near 47. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5:06 p.m.