Local News

  • PED now vouching for 3 administrators

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The state Public Education Department has backtracked and is now saying two educators it previously confirmed to have deficient administrative licenses can serve as licensed public school administrators in New Mexico.

    And the agency is saying that a third educator — who the Optic found to have submitted letters overstating his higher education administrative experience — qualifies for his administrative license.

  • Plenty on tap for Fall fun

    Mora is beaming with Halloween spirit in preparation for a big celebration on Saturday. Anita Moss, a Mora resident, is leading the effort to coordinate the Mora Fall Festival, taking place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Mora Arts and Culture District.

  • Voters will decide bail amendment

    One of the measures New Mexico voters will decide on Nov. 8 is a constitutional amendment that — if approved — will give judges greater authority to deny bail to defendants deemed to pose a threat to the community.

  • Trump seizes on leaked emails

    By Lisa Lerer and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Seeking to lash Hillary Clinton to her husband’s sprawling post-presidential empire, Donald Trump accused the couple of turning to corruption to enrich themselves while in public service. Michelle Obama boosted Clinton at a North Carolina rally, meanwhile, as the candidate cheered her on.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 28, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 19 and Oct. 24:

    Dion Maes, 48, bench warrant: failure to appear, Mora
    Alfonso Garduño, 30, 25-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    Frank Romero, 39, bench warrant: failure to appear, District Court
    Alejandro Mollineda, 19, bench warrant: failure to appear, Valencia County
    Edward Garcia, 19, bench warrant: receiving stolen property, larceny, possession of a controlled substance, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • 18 years for serial rapist

    She stood up in court and delivered a horrifying account of how she had been kidnapped, raped and held against her will in a trailer in Ilfeld, off Interstate 25, between Las Vegas and Santa Fe.

    “He wouldn’t take no for an answer,” the sobbing woman said during the sentencing hearing for Eddie Medrano, the 53-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting her and two other women. “He raped me.  He took our shoes away. ... He’s not a good man. He’s evil.”

  • Former councilman improving

    Former City Councilor Joseph “Joey” Herrera is currently in critical condition at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, but his family says he is improving.

    Herrera, who served one term as a city councilor, suffered a hemorrhagic stroke as a result of an aneurysm rupture on Saturday morning while in Albuquerque. Herrera’s family said he underwent two five-hour surgeries, and both were successful.

  • Vegas featured in new book

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Joe Lordi jokes that he’ll “have to die younger than planned” now that he’s completed his visual history of Las Vegas.

  • Millions in bonds on state ballot

    The Associated Press

    It’ll be up to New Mexico voters to approve more than $186 million in general obligation bonds to support everything from senior citizen centers and schools to the construction of a new state crime lab.

    Supporters say the funding is key to completing brick and mortar projects as New Mexico struggles with a budget crisis that has forced lawmakers and Gov. Susana Martinez to curb spending.

  • Friday recital features HU music faculty

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University music faculty presents a recital Pianists @88 & 176 Friday and Sunday that features one and two-piano arrangements and the music of composers like Rachmaninoff, Debussy and Chopin.

    The recital will be in the Highlands University Champ Tyrone Music Building at 1052 11th St. The Friday performance is at 7:30 p.m. with a reception following the recital. The Sunday performance is at 4 p.m.