Local News

  • Mora’s former school nurse honored

    Submitted to the Optic

    A rousing standing ovation from New Mexico’s school nurses greeted Mora County’s Beatrice Hurtado as she was named New Mexico School Nurse of the Year at the New Mexico School Nurse Association statewide conference recently in Las Cruces.  

    Hurtado not only provides services to 664 students in the Mora Independent School District, but also 200 students in Mora and Colfax counties’ Head Start program in Mora, Cimarron, Springer and Raton.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 8, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 28 and Aug. 4:

    Roybal Estevan, 21, transported from Los Lunas for court
    Joseph Ortiz, 16, transported from Department Of Corrections for court
    George Contreras, 57, aggravated battery on household member
    Jessica Rivera, 26, battery on peace officer, DWI, driving on Suspended/Revoked License, traffic offense
    Anpo Cash, 44, battery/resisting, evading, obstructing an officer  
    Johnny Saiz, 42, criminal trespass

  • Woman files medical pot suit

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico physician’s assistant who also is a medical marijuana patient says one of the state’s largest health care providers violated her rights when it fired her following a positive drug test.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 8, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Hearing set in campaign dispute

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court plans a hearing later this month on a lawsuit by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King in a dispute over campaign contributions.

    At issue in the case before the state Supreme Court is a state law that limits individuals and political action committees to giving no more than $5,200 for a primary election and $5,200 for a general election.

  • Looking for ideas for your yard?

    Submitted to the Optic

    If you are curious about how recent rains have affected our local landscape, you might be interested in touring some of our local gardens. The annual Garden Tour, sponsored by the Citizens Committee for Historic Preservation, will be held Saturday. The tour is self-guided, and participants will visit the gardens of several area residents.

    The tour will include the newly renovated Rheua Pearce Park, located along the Gallinas River.

  • Not in my backyard

    By Nigel Duara and Dina Cappiello
    The Associated Press

    BOARDMAN, Ore. — The largest power plant in Oregon, the Boardman Coal Plant, sat idle one day earlier this summer, “cold steel” in industry parlance, its dirty power no longer wanted on an electricity grid that is becoming greener.

  • Fire destroys Inn of Las Vegas

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Inn of Las Vegas, the once trendy Las Vegas hotel that for years was a popular venue for weddings and other special occasions, was destroyed by fire Tuesday.

    The fire started at about 6 p.m. Firefighters rushed to the scene but were unable to save the north Grand Avenue structure. The building had been boarded up for years.

    Las Vegas police shut down a portion of Grand Avenue in front of the burning building as paramedics stayed close by.

  • Fire set to city courthouse

    Las Vegas police and the state Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating an attempted arson that took place early Saturday morning at the municipal courthouse on Grand Avenue.

    A man who lives across from municipal court called 911 early Saturday morning after noticing flames across the street, according to the incident report filed in the case.  

  • It’s County Fair Time! Queen contest kicks off event

    This year’s 41th Annual San Miguel/Mora County Fair starts today (Wednesday) with animals of all sizes making their way to the fairgrounds, just north of town.

    Ted Roybal, president of the County Fair Association, said there is plenty of fun for the whole family at this year’s fair. The fair is free and open to the public at the fairgrounds, located just north of Las Vegas off Hot Springs Boulevard going towards Montezuma.

    The fair kicks off with a queen contest at 1 p.m. today and ends Saturday night with family activities.