Local News

  • Gov emphasizes policing, teaching in budget

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Following a string of high-profile violent crimes and staffing concerns within the state’s prison system, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez called for putting more money toward public safety and law enforcement as part of a $6.46 billion budget proposal unveiled Tuesday.

  • In Brief Jan. 8, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Cult leader may get early release

    A judge has ruled that a cult leader convicted of sex crimes in 2008 should be released early from a New Mexico prison after being diagnosed with skin cancer.

    The state Department of Corrections says 74-year-old Wayne Bent must appear before a parole board before any decision is made.

    KRQE-TV reported Tuesday a Jan. 26 hearing has been set to clarify the judge’s amended motion to release Bent from prison so he can get medical treatment.

  • Libertarian Gary Johnson launches presidential bid

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Libertarian politician Gary Johnson announced Wednesday that he’ll run for president a second time on promises of reining in the federal government, and with the hope of debating the eventual Democratic and Republican nominees in the fall.

  • Jail Log Jan. 8, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 29 and Jan. 4:
    Eric Hester, 39, probation violation: admitted to consuming alcohol
    Skylar Terrazas, 21, aggravated battery, criminal damage to property
    Alexander Crowell, 25, battery on household member, larceny, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Louella Martinez, 35, failure to appear, failure to pay fines, failure to complete community service, bench warrant, Bernalillo District
    Bryan Martinez, 29, hold for court

  • HU ranks first in state for career outcomes

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University ranked number one among New Mexico universities for career outcomes for its graduates and affordability, according to the nonprofit Educate to Career.

    The Educate to Career College Rankings Index 2016 analyzed employment outcomes and other measures such as student loan debt for graduates of 1,182 accredited four-year colleges nationwide.

  • An unwelcome New Year’s surprise

    A law of physics declares that a bullet shot into the air comes back to earth at the same speed as when it left.

    That principle became reality New Year’s Eve for one Las Vegas family, as the midnight celebrations brought something into their home both dangerous and illegal.

    Bryan Saiz, is counting his blessings, thankful that nobody was hurt or killed.

    The Saiz family was dancing in the living room, celebrating the New Year when they heard what sounded like someone kicking the skirting of their home at Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park on NM 518.

  • Leaping into 2016!
  • Updated: Crowded race for mayor

    Editor's Note: Several additional candidates filed to run in the municipal elections after the print edition of the Optic went to press on Tuesday. The mayoral race picked up two more candidates. As expected, Tonita Gurule-Giron officially filed her candidacy. Also filing for mayor was Chris Lopez. In the Ward 2 Council race, Nancy J. Fernandez will challenge Incumbent Vincent Howell. And in the race for Ward 3, Barbara Perea Casey will face Sam D. Lujan and Henry A. Sanchez. The Office of the City Clerk is planning to certify candidates on Wednesday.


  • Obama unveils plan to cut gun violence

    By Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A visibly emotional President Barack Obama, at one point wiping tears from his cheek, unveiled his plan Tuesday to tighten control and enforcement of firearms in the U.S., using his presidential powers in the absence of legal changes he implored Congress to pass.

  • Proposals take aim at chronic drunken driving

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican state lawmakers on Monday outlined a series of proposed criminal penalties for repeat drunken driving offenses ahead of the upcoming legislative session.

    Among three bills are provisions that would increase minimum jail sentences for repeat DWI violations and trigger other felony sanctions against drunken drivers under existing New Mexico laws for habitual criminal offenders.