Today's News

  • List of outstanding warrants

    The Las Vegas Municipal Court is publicizing the names of those who are wanted on outstanding warrants. The Optic started publishing the list of names in Thursday’s edition. The second installment in the alphabet appears today. The following are the last listed addresses.

  • Play tells the story of New Mexico's crypto-Jews

    ‘The reason I agreed to do this interview is because I exist. I am not a myth,” says 78-year-old Emilio Coca, a once crypto- and now practicing Jew who traces his fractured family history back to the Diaspora ignited by the Spanish Inquisition.

    Coca’s life story is one of many woven into A Light In My Soul/Una Luz En Mi Alma, a new drama created collaboratively in an unlikely partnership between a the New York-based Tectonic Theater Project, choreographer and director Krista DeNio and the Working Classroom ensemble, a theater company based in Albuquerque.

  • A river falls through it

    Until the mid-1800s, gristmills in New Mexico were small, primitive, difficult to use, containing two rotating grinding stones powered by water.

    Called “molinos” in Spanish, early gristmills were most often used to grind the hearty corn grown to make tortillas and tamales. By 1850, wheat flour crept into the local consciousness, and as the population of Mora County grew, farmers added wheat to their crops. The founding of Fort Union increased demand for wheat even more. New Mexico was hooked. Flour became local king.

  • District responds to bomb threat

    The state police received a bomb threat targeted toward Memorial Middle School around 8 p.m. Wednesday, an official said this morning.

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, said the state police told him about the call. He said he understood that the voice sounded like it was that of a “young adult.” Romero met with state and local police officials soon afterward.

    Romero said he called a staff member to be stationed at the middle school throughout the night and do hourly walk-throughs.

  • Candidate pays clerk

    San Miguel County Clerk Paul Maez ran the Democratic and Republican primary elections for the county in June. On the side, he accepted a payment for helping with a candidate’s campaign — a relationship some are now questioning.

    Shortly after the election, Jerome Block Jr., who won the Democratic primary for Public Regulation Commission, gave Maez $300 for “campaign coordination,” according to a finance report filed with the Secretary of State’s Office. The listed address was for the county clerk’s office.

  • Drug traffickers are sentenced to prison, DA says

    Two area residents have been convicted of drug trafficking, according to the district attorney’s office.

    Demetrio Esquibel and Marvin Archuleta, both 21, were recently sentenced to prison in two separate cases. Both cases were before District Judge Abigail Aragon for final sentencing after the pair had pleaded guilty, prosecutors said.

  • List of outstanding warrants

    The Las Vegas Municipal Court is publicizing the names of those who are wanted on outstanding warrants. The Optic starts publishing the list of names in its Aug. 28 edition. The rest will be printed in later editions.

    Next week is Amnesty Week, in which people can make arrangements to meet the court’s requirements without further penalties. The court promises to try to find those who don’t take care of their issues. Such efforts will include warrant stings after September during the early morning hours and the holidays, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo says.

  • Students helping the hungry

    Angelica Gallegos gingerly began the task at hand of stripping corn from the stalks in the large garden behind Memorial Middle School.

    Then came a surprise.

    As she shucked her first piece, the corn went flying when she saw an earworm looking up at her.

    Peter Skelton, director of agricultural development at the middle school, said Gallegos and other students in the FFA program at Robertson High School volunteered their time after school to pick produce that they donate to local hunger relief. They have donated more than 1,300 pounds of produce to local organizations.

  • No 'blind eye' at East schools

    Rick Romero, superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools, had a message for employees Tuesday: No one’s going to turn a “blind eye” to bullying.

    The district held a rare all-staff meeting late in the afternoon in the auditorium at Memorial Middle School. Hundreds showed up, including teachers, custodians and cooks.

    It was only for employees, but from outside, one could hear Romero giving an emotional speech about the dangers of bullying. He urged all employees to do their part to report any problems that they witness.

  • Moore: Loosen water rules

    City Councilman Diane Moore is urging the city to make exceptions to his heightened water restrictions.

    Last week, she asked her fellow council members to consider special permits for things like fundraising car washes as the city remains in Stage 1 water restrictions.

    During a report at last week’s council meeting, City Manager Sharon Caballero gave an update on the city’s water situation. Because of recent rains, the Gallinas River is flowing with up to 30 million gallons a day; the reservoirs are at 97 percent of capacity.