Local News

  • Visitation for girl killed in road rage shooting

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Community members paid their respects Monday evening at a public visitation for a 4-year-old girl who was killed last week in a road rage shooting on an Albuquerque freeway.

    The wake for Lilly Garcia was held at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church after hundreds of people gathered Saturday at a candlelight vigil.

  • Halloween fire safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic

    Costumed children excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches ­­­­— these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.

  • Suspect in Mora homicides identified

    A 45-year-old Mora County man is facing two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Donald Valdez, who resides on County Road A030, turned himself into state police after the shootings and admitted to the crimes after being read his Miranda Warnings, according to a probable cause statement filed in Mora County Magistrate Court this morning.

  • Duran pleads guilty, resigns

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges Friday after abruptly resigning amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned off thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state.

  • Trujillo on paid leave

    MORA — Charles Trujillo, who agreed to surrender his educator licenses last Tuesday, will continue drawing a check as the Mora Independent School District’s superintendent, at least for now.

  • School kids learn through ‘Lights On’ program

    The cafeteria at Sierra Vista Elementary was packed Thursday night with eager children learning about math, science and technology.

    The occasion was a “Lights On” event held to celebrate after-school programs across the nation. The district’s after-school program is coordinated through the 21st Century program.

  • New Health law premiums available online this weekend

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Premiums are expected to rise in many parts of the country as a new sign-up season under President Barack Obama’s health care law starts Nov. 1. But consumers have options if they shop around, and an upgraded government website will help them compare.

  • Fatal shooting of girl began with traffic lane dispute

    By Mary Hudetz and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Alan Garcia had just picked up his two children from school. He was trying to get off a freeway, and another car forced him out of his lane.

    Garcia gestured toward the other driver and swore at him. Then, authorities said, the seemingly trivial encounter between strangers turned deadly. A man in the other car opened fire on Garcia’s pickup truck, hitting his 4-year-old daughter in the head.

  • EPA mine spill preventable, points to broader problem

    By Matthew Brown
    and Dan Elliott
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. — Investigators are blaming the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for a 3 million-gallon wastewater spill from a Colorado gold mine, saying an agency cleanup crew rushed its work, failed to consider the complex engineering involved and ended up triggering the very blowout it hoped to avoid.

  • Editorial Roundup - Oct. 25th, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The (Hazleton, Pennsylvania) Standard-Speaker on the need for modern 911 technology (Oct. 21):

    Cellphones relentlessly have become the phones of choice for millions of Americans, a trend that almost certainly will continue. At the end of 2013, more than 40 percent of U.S. households used only wireless service, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.