Local News

  • Deadline nearing for health insurance coverage

    Submitted to the Optic

    BeWellnm, New Mexico’s Health Insurance Exchange, is encouraging New Mexicans who want their health coverage to begin on Jan. 1 to start the enrollment process now.

    The 2016 open enrollment period is now in full swing, and although New Mexicans have until Jan. 31 to enroll in coverage for 2017, those who want coverage beginning Jan. 1 must complete the enrollment process by Dec. 15.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 11, 2016

    The Associated Press
    PNM seeks 14 percent hike
    New Mexico’s largest electric provider has asked state regulators for an average system rate increase of 14 percent.
    Public Service Company of New Mexico’s application with the state Public Regulation Commission seeks an increase of $99.2 million and a return on equity of 10.125 percent.
    The overall 14.3 percent rate increase would be spread out over two years to soften the impact for customers.

  • Ruling ends county’s effort to combat fire danger

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    A court ruling has dashed any hopes one southern New Mexico county had to address fire danger on national forest lands due to the inaction of the federal government.

    The federal appeals court in Denver found that Otero County’s resolution to treat overgrown areas of the Lincoln National Forest along with a state statute enabling counties to take action under certain circumstances conflicted with federal law.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 11, 2016

    Tuesday, Dec. 13, 1966 — Las Vegas Jaycees are conducting their annual Operation Christmas nightly through Friday of this week. Jaycees will be making house-to-house calls to gather items for delivery to needy families over the Christmas holidays. The project assisted 60 families last year. The drive is being led by co-chairmen Carlos Gallegos and Hector Kavanaugh.

  • Innovative Experiment - West plans high-tech launch

    Editor’s note: Maribella Duran, a junior at West Las Vegas High School, wrote this article. She is part of the school’s MESA club and serves on the public information team for the high altitude balloon project. Christiana Garcia, who is the lead photographer for this project, is a sophomore at the school.

    By Maribella Duran
    For the Optic

  • Mora man picks up 7th DWI

    A Mora man has picked up his seventh DWI. On Sunday, state police on NM 161 near Watrous arrested Lawrence Fernandez after an officer found him hunched over his Chevy Blazer’s steering wheel.

    Fernandez, 55, is now facing a third-degree felony charge for driving under the influence, and misdemeanors — driving with a revoked license, unregistered vehicle and no insurance.

  • ‘Angels’ left outside home where kids were killed

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Two days after police say a man who shot and killed three children and critically wounded their mother, neighbors placed angel figurines and stuffed animals outside the Albuquerque home.

    But few talked to reporters, and relatives of the children remain reluctant to disclose any information about the family as investigators work to piece together what happen on that chaotic Monday evening.

  • Audit points to causes of rape kit backlog

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Millions of dollars are being poured into addressing New Mexico’s backlog of more than 5,000 untested evidence kits from rapes and other sexual assaults. But state auditors and victim advocates warned Tuesday that nothing will change unless new policies and training initiatives are adopted.

  • Balderas considers run for governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The scramble for New Mexico’s highest office is on as the state’s senior U.S. senator announced Wednesday he won’t be running for governor and the state’s top prosecutor acknowledged he’s giving careful consideration to a run for the job.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is midway through her second term and won’t be able to run for re-election in 2018 due to term limits, opening the door for candidates to start jockeying for the position.

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 9, 2016

    The Associated Press