Local News

  • BREAKING: Griego to stand trial on corruption charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court is ordering that former state Sen. Phil Griego stand trial in a public corruption case on charges including fraud, bribery and perjury.

    Judge Brett Loveless found on Friday there was probable cause to pursue nine out of 10 charges filed by the state attorney general's office against the former Democratic lawmaker who resigned in 2015 amid a Senate ethics probe.

  • 'America is weeping': Taking stock after 3 days of tragedy

    AP National Writers

    NEW YORK — Can this really be America in 2016?

    Three tumultuous days have brought echoes of decades past and made clear a public that elected a black president hasn't reconciled its fractured history with race, that a country that lived through unrest and assassinations in the 1960s and 1970s still bubbles with resentment and rage, and that bloody images of violent tragedy aren't going away.

  • Horrified

    By Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers during a protest march told authorities that he was upset about the police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers,” officials said Friday.

  • Another shakeup at City Hall

    City officials are poised to show another administrator the door, calling a special Council meeting for Monday morning to terminate Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez.

    Valdez was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. In a message to her supporters on Facebook, Valdez wrote that she plans to attend Monday’s Council meeting and to advocate for projects she has been working on during the public input portion of the meeting.

  • DA’s daughter involved in DWI crash

    The 17-year-old daughter of District Attorney Richard Flores was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car near the intersection of Valley and Keen streets.

    Police reports released to the Optic on Friday morning state that Cameron Flores smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The reports also reveal that an open container was found inside the vehicle she was driving, and that she admitted to an officer that she had consumed alcohol.

  • Alta Vista still struggling to recruit OBs

    By Staci Matlock
    The New Mexican

    Four months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital shuttered its labor, delivery and pediatric services with only six days’ notice to patients and providers, the Las Vegas region’s only hospital is still struggling to find medical staff needed to help pregnant women deliver babies close to home.

  • Witnesses discuss senator’s dual role in land deal

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New eyewitness accounts of former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego’s intricate involvement in the sale of a state-owned building emerged in a third day of hearings to determine if he should stand trial on allegations of using his standing as senator to earn a private sales commission.

  • In Brief - News - July 10, 2016

    Optic Staff and
    The Associated Press

    2 seriously hurt  in I-25 crash

    Two people sustained serious injuries on Tuesday, when the Hyundai they were traveling in rolled over on Interstate 25 near Watrous.

    The passenger, Lizette Rodriquez, 23, from Sunland Park, was ejected in the rollover, with the car coming to rest on top of her.

    The driver was Marco Antonio Montero, 20, from El Paso. The crash occurred around 6 a.m., near mile marker  378.

  • Trump trips on Saddam’s record

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by public officials.

    By Calvin Woodward
    and Robert Burns
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump gives credit where credit isn’t due when he brands Saddam Hussein a potent foil of terrorists.

  • Clinton email claims collapse under FBI probe

    Editor’s note: A look at the veracity of claims by public officials.

    By Stephen Braun and Jack Gillum
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Key assertions by Hillary Clinton in defense of her email practices have collapsed under FBI scrutiny.