Local News

  • NM sees increase in registered voters

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The number of registered voters in New Mexico has increased nearly 3 percent since the start of the year as election officials process a final flurry of registration forms.

    Tuesday was the cutoff date for voters to register ahead of New Mexico’s June 7 primaries featuring presidential, statewide and local candidates.

  • 8 apply for West board seat

    The wife of former West Las Vegas School board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez has submitted her application to fill her husband’s former board seat.

    Carla Benavidez, an employee in the district’s human resource department, is one of the eight candidates to apply for the position. Other candidates are: Emilio Aragon, John Trujillo, Alvin Jiron, Henry Abeyta, Matt Griego, Linda Montoya and Kenny Lujan.

  • Suit alleges monsignor raped 6-year-old

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe was hit with three new child sex abuse lawsuits this week. One of those lawsuits alleges that a monsignor who previously worked at Immaculate Conception Parish in Las Vegas sexually abused and raped a 6 year-old girl who was attending the now-defunct Immaculate Conception School in the 1950s.

  • Event to commemorate closure

    Submitted to Optic

    Fort Union National Monument will be buzzing with activity starting today with a Naturalization Ceremony and a ceremonial flag lowering on Sunday.

    Once the largest fort west of the Mississippi River, Fort Union will host the Naturalization Ceremony allowing immigrants from Cuba, El Salvador, Ethiopia, France, India, Iran, Mexico, Pakistan, Spain, Thailand, and the United Kingdom to become U.S. citizens from 1 to 2 p.m. today (Friday) at the monument located in Watrous.

  • NM eyes federal funds for home visits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s fast-growing effort to improve early childhood health and development by offering home visits from nurses and counselors would likely be eligible for federal matching funds under Medicaid, a policy expert told lawmakers on Wednesday.

  • In Brief May 13, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Feds arrest six in Shiprock

    Authorities say a crackdown on narcotics trafficking in northwestern New Mexico has led to arrests of multiple people charged in federal indictments.

    The U.S. Attorney’s Office for New Mexico says the multi-agency investigation was launched in response to an increase in methamphetamine trafficking in the Shiprock area of the Navajo Nation.

  • Inmate escapes from clinic

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Authorities in southern New Mexico searched Thursday for a jail inmate who escaped from a medical clinic after he was accused of kidnapping a driver at gunpoint in Texas and twice leading police on car chases.

  • Jail Log May 13, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 3 and May 10:
    Danielle Abeyta, 29, failure to pay fines.
    Amber Baca, 22, probation violation: new charges.
    Kenneth Trujillo, 53, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, Mora
    Julius Valverde, 27, failure to appear, bench warrant, Bernalillo
    Isaac Maestas, 40, probation violation: positive UA.
    Jessica Delgado, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Pierre Lovato, 38, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • NM predicts shrinking Medicaid shortfall

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico officials are predicting they can shrink a state budget shortfall for Medicaid health care to $24 million if proposals go forward to reduce reimbursement rates to hospitals and physicians along with other accounting measures.

    The Human Services Department on Monday released detailed financial projections for its evolving plan to deal with an initial $85 million shortfall in the state’s obligations toward Medicaid through June 2017.

  • Locals take state titles

    The Pecos Panthers are 2016 Class 3A state track and field champions.

    And it wasn’t that close.

    Pecos amassed 64 team points, besting second-place Estancia (47). Dexter, Capitan, Santa Rosa and Native American Community Academy rounded out the top six.

    The Panthers racked up big points in their bread and butter — distance running events — but added several strong finishes elsewhere.

    Pecos senior Ryan Sandoval won the 800-meter run in 1:59.62; junior Isaac C de Baca was fifth to also earn points.