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Local News

  • New Day at City Hall

    Newly elected Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron wasted no time in assembling her team, appointing local businessman David A. Ulibarri Jr. as the new city councilor for the Ward 1 seat and naming a new city manager and a new city attorney on Tuesday — a week after winning the mayoral runoff.

  • AG weighs in on Alta Vista OB issue

    The early March closing of the obstetrics department at Alta Vista Regional Hospital has gotten the attention of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas. On Wednesday Balderas, a native of Wagon Mound, sent a letter to the hospital’s CEO Chris Wolf expressing his concerns regarding the closing, calling it “an unacceptable gap in services for women across the northeastern part of the state, placing vulnerable New Mexicans at risk.”

  • Get advice on preserving family history

    Submitted to the Optic

    Donnelly Library and the City of Las Vegas Museum will host workshops April 24 through 30 on preserving family documents.

    The workshops are part of the American Library Association’s national Preservation Week

  • NM prepares to sue over wolves

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is threatening legal action against the federal government after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service quietly revealed its intention to release more Mexican gray wolves into the wild.

    The state Department of Game and Fish confirmed Wednesday that its lawyers have filed a notice of intent to sue over the proposed releases.

  • Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two goes through paces at Spaceport

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It was nothing but clear, blue skies as the sleek, jet-powered plane approached the runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, only to briefly touch down and then thrust off again.

    Over and over again, Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo was put through the paces as the pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists checked off some of the numerous ground and air exercises scheduled this week as the team prepares for future commercial space flights.

  • Jail Log April 22, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 12 and April 19:

    Craig Arguello, 22, five-day commitment, bench warrant, LV/Municipal
    Maria Vigil, 25, positive UA
    Chris Trujillo, 32, failure To appear, driving on a suspended- revoked license, bench warrant, Mora
    Joshua Duran, 26, sexual communication with a child
    Lucas Ulibarri, 41, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Benito Chavez, 42, failure to comply with conditions of release

  • East grad rate plummets

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico saw a dip in the number of students who earned diplomas last year, but state education officials said Friday the graduation rate for the class of 2015 is still an improvement over levels reported a few years ago.

    Figures released by the Public Education Department show the statewide graduation rate dropped about 1 percent to 68.6 percent.

  • DA urges students to be safe

    District Attorney Richard Flores is on a mission. Flores, who is in his third term, has been hitting area school districts and organizations with various messages in hopes of reducing crime.

    Flores and Melanie Gallegos, a program administrator in Flores’ office, have delivered roughly 200 presentations throughout San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties over the past two years. The presentations are part of a community outreach program created to educate the public on the dangers of crimes in the area.

  • Free concert slated for Saturday

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     Highlands University presents the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium.
    Lt. Col. Daniel Price conducts the award-winning U.S. Air Force Academy Band, which is known for the beauty and professionalism of its concerts as well as the musical variety.

  • State GOP extends delegate deadline

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Republican Party of New Mexico is keeping the door open for national delegate applicants amid a push by the Donald Trump campaign to mobilize supporters.

    State party spokesman Tucker Keene announced Monday that consideration will be given for two additional weeks to applicants who missed the April 15 deadline to vie for a delegate seat at the GOP national convention this summer in Cleveland.