Local News

  • Deadline for LANL scholarship Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Applications for 2017 Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund awards and all supporting materials are due on Tuesday, Jan 17. Submissions may be made through an online portal at www.lanlfoundation.org/scholarships.

  • Special tour on tap
  • Trujillo to stand trial

    A San Miguel County Magistrate Judge ruled on Tuesday that sufficient evidence exists to bind over to District Court for trial one of three criminal cases against disgraced former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo.

    “After careful review of all the testimony today, I find probable cause to believe a crime has been committed,” Magistrate Judge Christian Montaño said following the hours-long hearing. Preliminary hearings in the other two cases are scheduled for next week.

  • Trying Times - Alumbra may close its doors

    For centuries, midwives have delivered newborns in the area. But that tradition may soon die.

    On Wednesday morning, Connie Trujillo, owner of Alumbra Women’s Health, tearfully announced that her business may be shutting its doors for good. The announcement comes 10 months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital abruptly closed its OB unit due to difficulty recruiting doctors. The closure caused Alumbra to lose more than half its revenue.

  • Tafoya hired as interim manager

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to make longtime county employee Alex Tafoya interim county manager. And they directed Tafoya to launch a job search for a permanent county manager immediately.

    Tafoya will receive a salary of $80,905 while overseeing county operations.

    Rock Ulibarri, who was elected Commission chairman at Tuesday’s meeting, asked Tafoya to prepare a job description, posting and notifications for the Commission to approve.

  • Panel pushes more cuts

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel that drafts the state budget recommended new cuts Wednesday to avoid a shortfall in the coming fiscal year.

    The Legislative Finance Committee called for a $26 million reduction in the $6 billion spending plan for the year beginning July 1.

    The state is facing a $123 million gap that must be closed by new tax revenues, additional reductions in agency spending — or both.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 13, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan 4 and Jan. 7:
    Valentine Aragon, 66, hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Adult Probation Office
    Benito Chavez, 42, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon or aggravated battery with great bodily harm, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Emmanuel Stockman, 28, probation violation: seven-day sanction, Adult Probation Office
    Steve Gallegos, 45, hold for transport to Department of Corrections, District Court

  • Weather - Jan. 13, 2017


    HIGH 50° / LOW 34°
    Partly sunny, with a high near 50. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night — a 40 percent chance of rain.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:09 p.m.


    HIGH 44° / LOW 35°
    Rain likely before 11 a.m., then showers likely after 11 a.m. Cloudy, with a high near 44. East wind 5 to 10 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 5:10 p.m.


  • Arrest made in shooting

    A Cimarron man has been arrested in connection with a December shooting in Ribera.

    Benito L. Chavez Jr., 42, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last Wednesday. He has been charged with aggravated battery — use of a deadly weapon, or, in the alternative, aggravated battery causing great bodily harm, both third-degree felonies.

  • Makerspace studio planned - Founder wants to make science fun

    While pursuing his master’s degree at Highlands University, Mariano Ulibarri developed a program to help young people by teaching them about technology while making it fun and exciting.

    He opened up his Parachute Factory organization and its Makerspace area in February 2013. Ulibarri held many events and camps at his previous location on Bridge Street. But due to costs, he put the factory on hold for a short while and accepted a job with his alma mater in October.