Local News

  • Luna releases names of eight candidates

    Luna Community College released the names of the candidates for the permanent president’s position around noon on Friday.

    The eight applicants are James Alarid, Jennifer Carabajal, Eloy Chavez, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Rael, Joseph Sanchez and Sharon Lalla.

    Additional information on each of the applicants was unavailable as of Optic press time.

    The college’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint a committee to review and screen the applicants during a meeting on Tuesday.

  • Pearce sues to gain access to campaign cash

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce sued New Mexico’s lead elections regulator on Thursday to seek access to a $1 million campaign war chest as he runs for governor in 2018.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office informed the Pearce campaign this week that only $11,000 could be transferred from his federal election campaign account to a state campaign account.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 21, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Balderas: Keep DACA alive
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday joined 19 other Democratic attorneys general around the country urging President Donald Trump to keep a program that gives temporary resident status to young immigrants in the country illegally.

    In a letter to the president, the attorneys general said the 800,000 immigrant students covered under the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program, or DACA, have been a boon to universities and employers.

  • Jail Log - July 23, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 13 and July 19:
    Justin Martinez, 29, Violation of protection order, resisting and evading,  San Miguel Magistrate Court, Adult Probation.
    Jerry Martinez, 40, failure to comply with conditions of probation, probation violation: failure to report; failure to comply with conditions of parole, San Miguel District Court, Adult Probation / Parole.

  • U.S. to ban American travel to N. Korea

    WASHINGTON (AP) —  American citizens will be barred from traveling to North Korea next month following a prohibition on using U.S. passports to enter the country, the State Department said Friday.

    The restriction will take effect in late August, 30 days after it is published as a legal notice in the Federal Register sometime next week.

  • Spicer resigns as White House press secretary

    WASHINGTON (AP) — White House press secretary Sean Spicer, President Donald Trump’s embattled spokesman during the first six months of his presidency, is resigning his position, according to two people with knowledge of the decision.

    Spicer’s decision appears to be linked to the appointment of a new White House communications director, New York financier Anthony Scaramucci. The people with knowledge of the decision spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the personnel matter publicly.

  • Weather - July 23, 2017


    HIGH 79°/ LOW 54°
    Showers and thunderstorms. Some storms could produce heavy rain. High near 79. North wind 10 mph becoming southeast in afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.
    6:02 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.


  • Chavez named financial aid director at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Susan Chavez knows firsthand the power financial aid has to help achieve a higher education. Most of her 11 siblings completed degrees — thanks in part to financial support in New Mexico.

    Chavez, a Bloomfield native, is the new financial aid director for New Mexico Highlands University.

  • City council rejects its own refugee resolution

    After more than one hour of public input, the Las Vegas City Council took action on a so-called “sanctuary city” resolution during Wednesday’s regular monthly meeting.

    In its standing-room-only chamber at city hall, the council voted 3-1 to disapprove Resolution 17-27 — a non-binding declaration of support for resettlement of refugees, as part of a national effort to resettle the “most vulnerable” refugees.

  • Weather - July 21, 2017


    HIGH 88°/ LOW 56°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
    6:01 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 55°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:02 a.m. to 8:12 p.m.