Local News

  • Candidates vie for post after scandal

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The fall election for New Mexico Secretary of State will pit Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver against Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the wake of a scandal that landed the state election agency’s former chief in jail.

  • Jail Log Feb. 5, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 26 and Feb. 3:
    Casimiro  Duran, 30, battery on a household member, bench warrant  
    Janet Archuleta, 46, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to stop
    Marco Sorber, 34, battery, false imprisonment
    Erica Chavez, 24, probation violation: new charges (driving on suspended-revoked license)
    Jessica Salazar, 47, probation violation: positive UA (meth and heroin)

  • State senate panel OKs teacher raises

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico teachers and some administrators at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under a pared-down proposal that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections about the push being an unfunded mandate.

    The Senate Education Committee advanced the measure following a debate that centered on evaporating revenue projections for the next fiscal year.

  • Looking Back Feb. 5, 2015

    Thursday, Feb. 3, 1966 — Teen Canteen, of interest to all Las Vegas teenagers, with facilities for basketball, volleyball, ping-pong and dancing, opens officially today in the basement of the Immaculate Conception School. The new Canteen will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. to all Community Youth Center members.

  • Climate and energy focus of annual conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    One hundred and fifty students  from schools around the area and other countries will attend United World College-USA’s Annual Conference with a focus on climate change and energy innovation. About  20 speakers, including Param Jaggi, featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, will speak on topics related to energy policy, climate change, and energy technology. The conference started on Thursday and will end on Saturday at the Montezuma school.

  • Highlands recruiter arrested

    A Highlands University employee on a recruiting trip to Albuquerque was arrested and charged with two felonies on Thursday after he allegedly stole a woman’s purse and was later found with cocaine, marijuana and prescription pills, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metro Court in Albuquerque on Thursday.

    Martin Lucero, 42, of the 2500 block of Eighth Street, was on a student recruiting trip and was driving a Highlands Ford Escape at the time of his arrest.

  • Organic chemistry student accepted to 7 doctoral programs

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    An organic chemistry senior at Highlands University has his pick of seven top doctoral programs around the country.

    In December, Melecio Perea’s letters of acceptance started rolling in from Ph.D. programs at Yale, UC-Berkeley, UT-Austin, UCLA, Northwestern University, Colorado State University and Indiana University.

  • Clinton takes Iowa

    By Kathleen Hennessey and Kathleen Ronayne

    The Associated Press

    NEWBURY, N.H.  — Presidential contenders on Tuesday turned their airplanes and their hopes to the next arena in the fight for the nominations, a state that will test Ted Cruz’s broader appeal and give Hillary Clinton a chance to reinvigorate her battered campaign in the Granite State.

  • Senate attempts to slow down bills

    The Associated Press

    Republican-backed bills that sailed through New Mexico’s GOP-led House are facing a bumpier ride in the Democratic-controlled Senate.

    Last week, Senate Democrats announced they have assigned bills related to REAL ID, strengthening three strike laws and closing child pornography loopholes to three committees, meaning they will have to survive three separate votes before making it to the chamber’s floor with less than three weeks left in the 30-day Legislative session.

  • Editorial: Vindication for Planned Parenthood

    Editor’s note: The following Houston Chronicle editorial was originally published on Jan. 27: