Local News

  • 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

  • Jail Log - Dec. 9, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 29 and Dec. 7:

    John Maldonado, 33, probation violation: absconding, Adult Probation Office
    Francisco Gallegos, 35, bench warrant: battery on a household member, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Miranda Martinez, 24, bench warrant: failure to appear, failure to pay fines, resisting, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Ruben Trujillo, 51, probation violation: seven-day sanction, Adult Probation Office

  • Weather - Dec. 9, 2016


    HIGH 50° / LOW 28°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind around 10 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 28. West wind around 10 mph.
    6:59 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


    HIGH 54° / LOW 30°
    Sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Saturday night — mostly clear, with a low around 30.
    7 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Dec. 9, 2016

    Thursday, Dec. 8, 1966 — Dan C. Montgomery, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.M. Montgomery, talked with his parents recently from Pago Pago, American Samoa, over a shortwave radio and telephone hookup, during the past six months. Montgomery has been in Samoa where he has worked in an electronics laboratory. The conversation was made possible by radio contact between Samoa and Las Cruces, where the university’s short-wave station tied the communication into the telephone lines.