Local News

  • Election officials unveil lobbyist training guide

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — In the wake of a campaign finance scandal involving one of New Mexico’s highest-ranking elected officials, the Secretary of State’s Office is hoping to reduce confusion and increase accountability among lobbyists and candidates as the state embarks on another election year.

  • Cancer now No. 1 killer in 22 states

    By Mike Stobbe
    AP Medical Writer

    NEW YORK — Cancer is becoming the No. 1 killer in more and more states as deaths from heart disease have declined, new health statistics show.

    Nationwide, heart disease is still the leading cause of death, just ahead of cancer. While death rates for both have been falling for nearly 25 years, heart disease has dropped at a steeper rate.

    As a result, cancer moved up to the top slot in 22 states in 2014, according to the latest government figures.

  • Prison doctor facing 15 lawsuits

    The Associated Press

    A former New Mexico prison doctor accused of sexual assaulting inmates during exams is the subject of another lawsuit, bringing the number of litigation cases against him to 15.

    A Guadalupe County Correctional Facility inmate who alleges Dr. Mark Walden fondled him filed a lawsuit in federal court last month, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

    Nearly 80 inmates from two state prisons say Walden victimized them or failed to give adequate medical care.

  • Key things to know about federal land ownership in the West

    By Keith Ridler
    The Associated Press

    An armed group occupying the headquarters of a national wildlife refuge in southeastern Oregon wants the federal government to relinquish the land to local officials so it becomes more accessible for ranching, mining and other uses.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 10, 2016

    The Associated Press
    Vaccine shortage due to payment problems
    ALBUQUERQUE — Pediatricians in New Mexico are turning away patients looking for vaccines because they have run out of supplies provided through the state Department of Health and paid for by private insurance companies.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that legislation last year required private insurers to cover the cost of vaccines. When DOH sent out a $10 million bill, only about $7.2 million in payments came back.

  • Weather - Jan. 10, 2015


    HIGH 33° / LOW 9°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 33. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northeast in the afternoon.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:06 p.m.


    HIGH 35° / LOW 13°
    Sunny, with a high near 35. Monday night — mostly clear, with a low around 13.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:07 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Jan. 10, 2015
  • Vander Meer retires after 61 years of practice

    Submitted to the Optic

    Optometrist Robert Vander Meer retired at the end of 2015 after 61 years of active practice, seven years as a military OD, 44 years in private practice and 10 years with Eye Associates of New Mexico.

    “I can’t think of a better way to end my career than working with doctors I respect in a practice that has helped thousands of patients across New Mexico,” Vander Meer said.

    In his 61 years Dr. Vander Meer saw countless patients, many of whom have stayed with him over the years.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Rd.

  • Slew of charges in crime rampage

    A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman who police contend was intoxicated when she caused two separate crashes on Wednesday afternoon is facing multiple felonies for allegedly pointing a handgun at several witnesses who were pursuing her as she attempted to flee. Among those witnesses were two off-duty Las Vegas police officers.