Local News

  • City fills key director post

    The City Council signed off Wednesday on the appointment of Lindsey K. Valdez as the new community development director, but one councilor abstained from the vote, citing litigation that is under way.

    Acting City Manager Elmer Martinez appointed Valdez — a former city employee — to the post after she emerged as the top candidate in the selection process.

    “It’s an important position for the city,” Martinez said.

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  • Pedestrian struck by car on Grand

    A pedestrian suffered  a leg injury after being struck by a vehicle on Grand Avenue and Baca at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.
    Las Vegas police Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia identified the pedestrian as 59-year-old Juan Esquibel.

    Garcia said Esquibel appeared to be intoxicated when he was stuck by a silver Sonata. The deputy chief said he didn’t know what Esquibel was doing when he was struck by the car.

  • Official’s raise draws concerns

    San Miguel County’s chief deputy assessor was given a $2,000 salary increase just three months before she is set to take over as the assessor, and that had some county commissioners raising questions at their meeting last week.

    Outgoing Assessor Elaine Estrada requested the raise for Chief Deputy Assessor Patricia Gallegos, who will be taking over as the new county assessor effective Jan. 1. The pay hike takes Gallegos’ chiefdeputy salary to $43,627. The raise was effective on Sept. 27, which means Gallegos will only see about $500 of the increase.

  • Official: Florida State gunman was alumnus

    By Gary Fineout and Brendan Farrington
    The Associated Press

    TALLAHASSEE, Fla.  — A Florida State University alumnus and attorney shot three people at the school’s library early Thursday before being killed by police, a law enforcement official told The Associated Press.

    The official said the shooter was Myron May, who also graduated from Texas Tech University’s law school. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to release the name.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 21, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 10 and Nov. 16:

    Olivia Montano, 27, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant, SM District
    Anthony Tafoya, 28, battery on household member, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Jesus Granado, 31, aggravated DWI
    Benito Martinez III, 25, criminal damage to property, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, unlawful carrying of a firearm, bench warrant,  SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Nov. 21, 2014

    In 1964

    Tuesday. Nov. 17 — San Miguel County Commissioners, meeting Monday at the Court House, signed a resolution allowing the bypassing of Romeroville by the new four-lane highway. Interstate 25. T.B. White and Robert De La Rue, of the State Highway department, met with the commissioners in the morning and heard Matias Martinez and Fidel Martinez explain that the Romeroville residents feel that they will “lose property and business and they will be out of business.”

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2014

    Farmers Market open at Mallette’s store
    The Tri-cCounty Farmers Market will be opening a Winter Market from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Nov. 22 at Mallette’s Farm Supply store on Highway 518. For more information, call 426-1468.

  • Weather - Nov. 21, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 17.

    Sunny, with a high near 39 and a low around 16.

  • Department lifts boil water advisory for Ojo Feliz

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau is lifting the “boil water advisory” for the Ojo Feliz Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association located in Mora County.

    NMED issued the advisory on Nov. 8 after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the Maximum Contaminant Level for E. coli was discovered in drinking water at the water system. The advisory only applied to customers served by the Ojo Feliz MDWCA and did not extend to any of the other surrounding water systems or communities.