Local News

  • Meadow City Music Fest - Young musician to perform

    Numerous musicians will hit stages across the Plaza area this weekend for the Meadow City Music Festival. But for one musician, the festival’s stage is where he feels at home.

    Andres Garcia, whose stage name is Ondres, has been gracing the festival’s stage since he was 10.

  • Senate Dems to focus on budget, not crime bills

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Democratic majority floor leader of the New Mexico Senate says allied lawmakers are focused on resolving the state’s budget crisis and that criminal justice initiatives backed by the state’s Republican governor can wait.

    Sen. Michael Sanchez of Belen said Thursday that Senate Democrats are hoping to close tax loopholes to increase state revenues and avoid significant cuts to government programs and services during a special legislative session.

  • Hospital health fair is Saturday

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital will host its annual Health Fair Saturday at the main reception area of the facility.

    The fair provides free health screening and plenty of information available from health care service providers to social organizations.

    The fair, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

  • Judge holds cabinet secretary in contempt

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal judge held New Mexico’s top human services official in contempt Tuesday for failing to comply with court orders aimed at improving the administration of food aid and Medicaid health care benefits.

  • Official seeks tax extension

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s superintendent of insurance is pleading with state lawmakers for more time to recover unpaid taxes on insurance premiums and investigate one company, after an outside audit uncovered at least $193 million in uncollected state revenue.

    Insurance Superintendent John Franchini told a legislative oversight committee Wednesday that two undertrained clerks had been left for years to collect and audit premium taxes from roughly 2,000 insurance companies.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 30, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 19 and Sept. 27:

    Crystal Martinez, 34, failure to comply with conditions of probation, fraud, forgery, receiving stolen property, Eddy County
    Aaron Varela, 53, aggravated battery, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Ruben Estrada, 55, DWI-second offense, failure to maintain lanes, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Mario Romero, 27, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Regulators OK electric rate hike

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A half-million customers who depend on New Mexico’s largest electric utility for their power will see an average increase in rates of roughly 10 percent under a compromise adopted by state regulators during an hours-long meeting Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 30, 2016

    Monday, Oct. 3, 1966 — After good months of precipitation in July and August, the rainfall total fell off sharply during September at the FAA station base. There were nine days during September on which a trace or more of precipitation was recorded. The total for the month was .52 of an inch. This was 1.64 inches below the month average as based on the previous 15 years.

  • Honoring heroes - Vietnam veterans to be recognized at ceremony

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War will be commemorated at a special 10 a.m. ceremony today (Friday) at Veterans Park, located at the intersection of Mills Avenue and Fourth Street across from the Gene Torres Golf Course.

  • System Failure: Nick Trujillo surrenders admin license

    By Mercy López and Martin Salazar

    Wagon Mound educator Nick Trujillo has surrendered his administrative license rather than having to prove that he qualified for it.

    Trujillo’s administrative license came into question after state Public Education Department officials discovered he lacked the mandatory six years of administrative experience at a higher education institution to qualify for the pathway used to grant him the license.