Local News

  • States move to quash limits on drilling

    By Emily Schmall and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    MANSFIELD, Texas  — Lawmakers in Texas and energy producing states across the nation are rushing to stop local communities from imposing limits on oil and gas drilling despite growing public concern about the health and environmental toll of such activities in urban areas.

  • BTU’s Phil Romero acquires STIHL certification

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Jail Log - May 8, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 29 and May 6:

    Eduardo Gallegos, 27, 182-day commitment
    Michael Lovato, 44, positive UA (morphine)
    Gary Esquibel, 32, revoked conditions of release.
    William Drinkwater, 22, aggravated battery, aggravated DWI, criminal damage to property, battery on a health care worker
    Arthur Lucero, 51, disorderly conduct

  • Looking Back - May 8, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, May 10 — Forty-two trailer units of the Travel variety were parked at Camp Luna over the weekend. Since this assembly represented the New Mexico division of the Travel Trailer Club of America, all trailer occupants were from New Mexico, with the exception of three units from Lubbock, Texas. Representing the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce were “Salty” Sparks, Ed Brown, Harry Vorenberg, Mrs. Henry Mallette and Frank Norris.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 8, 2015

    Migratory Bird Day Count

    International Migratory Bird Day Count will take place on Saturday, May 9. Volunteers are needed for the count. For more information or to sign up, contact Chris Ruge at 425-2757 or chrisruge1971@gmail.com.

  • Weather - May 8, 2015

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 15-25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

  • Rail line faces burdens

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — When launched in 2006, a New Mexico commuter rail line that would one day connect two of the state’s most well-known cities was hailed as a progressive step toward taking people out of cars and putting them on the train.

    But as impressive a feat as it was for a poor state’s huge foray into mass public transit, it comes at a price: The train earned $2.8 million last fiscal year in fares from more than a million riders, but cost $28.4 million to operate.

  • Albuquerque releases contract audit

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque Police Department personnel bypassed purchasing rules and compromised the integrity of the city’s procurement process when buying body cameras from Taser International in 2013, city auditors said.

    The audit’s findings released Tuesday follow and are similar to a scathing New Mexico state auditor’s review last week that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser.

  • In Brief - News - May 8, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Funding to help acequias
    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal officials are pumping more than $9 million into four water quality and conservation projects in New Mexico, including one aimed at revitalizing centuries-old communal canals that deliver water to farmers and ranchers.
    The head of the Natural Resources Conservation Service visited northern New Mexico on Thursday to tour the oldest acequia in the nation and discuss ways the traditional irrigation canals can be used as a hedge against drought.

  • Most teachers rated effective

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The number of New Mexico’s teachers rated “effective” or better dropped slightly this year under a much-debated evaluation system, according to new numbers released Monday by the state’s Public Education Department.