Local News

  • Prisons end overnight visits

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Joining a growing trend nationally, New Mexico Department of Corrections announced Wednesday it is ending its 30-year-old policy of allowing inmates overnight visits with lovers and family.

    Beginning May 1, inmates in the state’s 11 prisons will no longer be allowed conjugal visits, the agency announced.

  • Three oversight members resign

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE, — Half of the members of Albuquerque’s Police Oversight Commission have resigned, citing a lack of independence and inability to provide any real citizen oversight of the troubled department.
    The resignations Tuesday by three members of the civilian review board come less than a week after the U.S. Justice Department issued a scathing report on what it called excessive force and a culture of abuse and aggression at the Police Department. Albuquerque officers have shot at 37 men since 2010, killing 23.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 18, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Dad facing child abuse charges

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque infant is in critical condition after police say she was shaken by her father.
    Police say 22-year-old Stefon Miller first told officers he was playfully tossing the 3-month-old girl in the air when she was injured. Then he said she hurt herself while playing in a bouncing chair.
    A criminal complaint says Miller eventually told police he shook his daughter out of frustration.

  • Gurule-Giron wins runoff

    Voters in Ward 1 handed a victory to incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron in Tuesday’s runoff, electing her to a second, four-year term on the City Council.

    The last time the two faced off for the March 4 election, Gurule-Giron received just nine more votes than L’Esperance.

    This time around, Gurule-Giron increased her margin of victory, garnering 65 more votes than L’Esperance. She walked away with 55 percent of the vote.

    Gurule-Giron celebrated her victory with friends and family at Plaza Burger.

  • A warm welcome - Hundreds show up to celebrate Castañeda

    Area residents packed into the 115-year-old structure by the hundreds, each one seeming to look beyond the dining room’s peeling red paint and seriously outdated wallpaper, and sharing in the vision of the historic hotel coming back to life.

    The Castañeda Hotel’s days as the “Nasty Casty” appear to be numbered, and the jubilant crowd that turned out Monday afternoon to welcome the building’s new owners couldn’t have been happier.

  • Judges sue over pay

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A group of New Mexico judges sued Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday in an effort to overturn a veto that denied them an 8 percent pay raise, an increase the governor says too far eclipsed those given to other state employees like teachers.
    A coalition of judicial associations, individual judges and two state senators filed the lawsuit in New Mexico Supreme Court to reverse the governor’s line-item veto.

  • Geologists link small quakes to fracking

    By Julie Carr Smyth
    The Associated Press

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Geologists in Ohio have for the first time linked earthquakes in a geologic formation deep under the Appalachians to hydraulic fracturing, leading the state to issue new permit conditions in certain areas that are among the nation’s strictest.

  • Alliance’s Gallinas River clean-up set for April 26

    Submitted to the Optic

    In honor of Earth Day, Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance, along with partners Tierra y Montes, the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club and Keep Las Vegas Beautiful, will host the Gallinas River Clean-Up from 9 a.m. to noon on April 26.

    This clean-up will focus on the river and riparian area along the Gallinas in Las Vegas, though there will be a number of volunteer crews sent up into the Gallinas Canyon, and the Friends of the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge will participate at the refuge.

  • Looking Back - April 16, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, April 14 — Last Squad members attending the 26th annual meeting in Las Vegas are Martin Rapp, Harry Armaigis, Don J. Turner, E.M. Barber, Harvey Taylor, Earl Phillips, Walter Kalbo, Jim Roseberry, George Lingnau, John Burns, Dr. Paul D. Henry, Charles Hilton, Ivan Hilton, M.E. Noble, S. Omar Barker, J. Harvey Brown, W.A. Poe, Carl Hursh, Beth B. Gray and Rex Morrison.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 16, 2014

    Silent Voices of WWII
    Glimpses of the Past program, 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center in 116 Bridge St. This month’s topic is “Silent Voices of WWII: When the Sons of the Land of Enchantment Met the Sons of the Land of the Rising Sun.”