Local News

  • Gov to call special session for budget

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Thursday she will call for a special legislative session to address a budget crunch that has been building because of dwindling state revenues and weak energy prices.

    The governor’s office is talking with House and Senate leaders, hoping all parties will be prepared to reach quick and easy agreements on shoring up the state’s finances that will make the special session brief.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 19, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 10 and Aug. 17:

    Quirino Villanueva, 20, bench warrant: failure to appear, concealing identity, driving on a suspended/revoked license, improper equipment, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    John Chavez, 34, bench warrant: failure to appear for child support, District Court
    Dion C’de Baca, 37, four-month commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Aug. 19, 2016


    HIGH 84° / LOW 53°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
    6:23 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 51°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:24 a.m. to 7:43 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 19, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, Aug. 11, 1966 — Hail, larger than golf balls, pounded Mora streets and surroundings late Wednesday afternoon. Total extent of damage is believed to be over several thousand dollars. Most every home in Mora and vicinity experienced broken windows and severe damage to gardens and plant life. Few homes were protected from the raging hail, some being as large as oranges, which battered the town

  • Free family fun expo to feature outdoor activities

    Submitted to the Optic

    If you’ve wanted to learn to shoot a firearm, catch a fish, try archery or paddle a kayak, visit the Department of Game and Fish’s annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo, a free family event at the City of Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

  • ‘A low blow’ to veterans

    A San Miguel County van used to transport veterans to and from medical appointments at the VA Hospital in Albuquerque is out of commission after a thief or thieves made off with parts from the van and ripped out wires over the weekend.

    San Miguel County Manager Les Montoya said the county has been forced to suspend the veterans transportation program until it can file an insurance claim and repair the damage that was done.

  • Thrills at Expo, Family Fun Day
  • Rec center closure to begin Sunday

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center will be closing beginning Sunday to allow the contractor hired to overhaul the facility to begin its work, the city has announced.

    The city is projecting that the rec center will be closed nine to 10 weeks. The city has worked out an agreement with New Mexico Highlands University officials to allow rec center patrons to use the university’s Archuleta Fitness Center during the temporary closure.

    Rec center patrons will be allowed to work out at the Highlands facility beginning Monday.

  • Business incubator grand opening Aug. 22

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp., manager of the New Mexico Highlands University Business Hub and Incubator, will host a grand opening at 11 a.m. this coming Monday in NMHU’s Hewett Hall, 1103 National Ave.
    New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela is scheduled to be the featured speaker.

  • West makes changes to drop-off, pick-up areas