Local News

  • Las Vegas council candidate questionnaires — Ward 1

    Editor’s note: With the municipal election set for March 6, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on some issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all city candidates. Here are the Ward 1 responses; a response from John Lucero will be published and added to the online version of this story, once received.

  • Luna Trustees hire Colo. firm for president search
  • Researching a serpent

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University professor’s Fulbright Scholar Award to study green anaconda snakes in Brazil aims to shed light on possible new species of the largest snake in the world, aiding conservation efforts.

  • Legislature In Brief from Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    All in favor, say woof: The House passed a new fee on pet food Thursday.
    Backers say the bill could raise nearly $1.4 million a year to spay and neuter animals when the fee is fully implemented.

    But some Republicans argued the measure, House Bill 64, amounts to a tax.
    While the $100 fee would fall on pet food distributors for each brand that is marketed in New Mexico, retailers have said this would almost inevitably lead them to raise prices on pet food.

  • Las Vegas Day in Santa Fe

    Dawna Ortega Gallegos, an instructor and head of student life at Luna Community College gives a #LLCmatters T-shirt to Eddie King, the superintendent of the Springer school district.

    Luna was one of many San Miguel County facilities and groups well-represented Thursday night at a reception at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe that was part of Las Vegas Day to promote the city and the area to state legislators.

  • Bill would consolidate nonpartisan elections

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Election Day is not just a day in New Mexico.

    Between school boards, soil and water conservation districts, community college districts and hospital districts, it can seem like the voting never stops.

    “We have a vast number of small, rural elections in our state happening pretty much all the time,” Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver told a committee of the House of Representatives on Thursday.

  • New House bill would ease impact of power plant shutdown on county

    By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — After a Senate committee poured cold water on a bill last week, which would have allowed Public Service Company of New Mexico to sell bonds to pay for the expenses of shutting down a coal-burning plant in San Juan County, a Farmington legislator has introduced a new bill aimed at easing the impact of the plant’s closure on county residents and government institutions.

  • N.M. lawmakers may seek privacy rules for police video

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico lawmakers may set up a community task force as they consider restricting public access to body camera recordings of police interactions with people with mental illnesses.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb. 11, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 2 and Feb. 8, 2018

  • Trustees to send message about complexity of proposal

    While the only action item on the agenda for the Luna Community College Board of Trustees’ special Wednesday meeting was to hire a search firm in its search for a new permanent president, another item took center stage during a discussion.