Local News

  • Auditor race pits Senate majority whip, ex-Dem

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Unpaid tax bills, a barking dog, and even “Breaking Bad” references have made their way into a usually sleepy race for state auditor.

    And the winner will have to look out for corruption in New Mexico and monitor the financial affairs of hundreds of government agencies.

    State Sen. Tim Keller is going head-to-head against Republican lawyer Robert Aragon to replace State Auditor Hector Balderas, who can’t seek re-election because of term limits and is running for attorney general.

  • Race for treasurer draws education funding concerns

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The campaign to become the next New Mexico state treasurer has candidates talking about education and ways to gain more revenue.

    Democrat Tim Eichenberg is going against Republican Rick Lopez in a race to replace James Lewis, who can’t run again because of term limits.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 15 and Oct. 21:

    Joshua Zamora, 29, breaking and entering sentenced to do a 60-day diagnostic
    Jerry Martinez, 35, driving on suspended revoked license, speeding, no insurance
    Jeanette Tafoya, 33, probation violation: association
    Derrick Bullock, 27, battery on household member
    Henry Duran, 27, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine)
    Sean Salinas, 22, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamines)

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Official: Low risk of Ebola here

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    A top health official assured lawmakers Wednesday that New Mexico is prepared to deal with Ebola although it’s unlikely a case will happen in the state.

    “The risk of a case of Ebola in New Mexico is very, very low,” said state infectious disease specialist Dr. Michael Landen, an epidemiologist with the Department of Health.

  • BREAKING: Montoya convicted

    UPDATE: A San Miguel County Jury convicted Joseph "Wicked" Montoya of second-degree murder and other charges in the May 18, 2013 slaying of Angel Arroyo. In convicting Montoya of second-degree murder jurors opted not to convict him of the more serious charge of first-degree murder. For more on the verdict pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • Final debate for Martinez, King

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE— Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic hopeful Attorney General Gary King stuck to their talking points Sunday evening, offering no surprises about where they stood on the key issues facing New Mexico while they traded jabs during their final televised debate.

    Martinez referred to King as a politician who has supported tax hikes in the past and would likely do so again. He said she wasn’t being truthful with New Mexicans and hasn’t done enough to turn the state around.

  • Early voting
  • Warden given new contract

    The man who has overseen the San Miguel County Detention center for the last decade will remain in that role another two years under the terms of a contract approved unanimously by the Commission last week.

    Warden Patrick Snedeker’s new contract comes with an annual salary of $75,943, which is a 6 percent increase from the salary listed in the contract the Commission approved for him in 2012.

    Several commissioners praised Snedeker for his management of the jail, saying that the way he operates the facility reduces the county’s liability.

  • Imus’ Ribera-area ranch up for sale

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A northern New Mexico cattle ranch belonging to radio personality Don Imus is on the market for $32 million.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the 2,400-acre ranch near the small community of Ribera and about 45 miles east of Santa Fe has been used to benefit children afflicted by cancer.

    The 74-year-old Imus says he is selling the property to support charitable foundations with the sale proceeds.

    He says he hopes to sell the ranch to a group interested in continuing the goal of benefiting kids.