Local News

  • Highlands names School of Social Work dean

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands named Cristina Durán as the new dean of the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work.
    Durán has served as the school’s interim associate dean since July, 2014.

    “I’ve been with the school for many years in a variety of roles,” Durán said. “I want to be a strong part of seeing the school grow and find new ways to respond to the needs of people in the state and region.”

  • Las Vegas resident casts Electoral College vote

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibeque had a distinctive vote to make last month as she was one of the five electors in the state to cast an electoral college vote. In December, Padilla-Archibeque met with four other New Mexico electors at the state capitol in Santa Fe to cast votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, winner of the state’s popular vote.

  • Weather - Jan. 6, 2017


    HIGH 22° / LOW 4°
    Snow before 11am, then a chance of snow showers after 11am. High near 22. Wind chill values as low as -11. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:03 p.m.


  • In Brief - News - Jan. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    LANL earns $60M bonus
    Managers of one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories have earned positive marks and nearly $60 million in fees and performance pay for work done over the last fiscal year.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration released documents this week that detailed the fees earned by Los Alamos National Security LLC, the contractor that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 6, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 28, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017:

    Kenneth Scott, 44, bench warrant: child support $60,000, out of Indiana
    Joshua Corbin, 35, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Aaron Gonzales, 29, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Terence Piatt, 65, two counts aggravated DWI, three counts of careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Woman charged with murder

    A prominent El Pueblo businessman and cattle rancher was brutally murdered in his home last Wednesday, and state police have arrested his daughter-in-law for the crime.

    Arthur Rivera, 81, was stabbed multiple times in the torso and face and died at his home on 580 N.M. 3 in Ribera.

    Ruth Rivera, 52, his caretaker and daughter-in-law, was arrested and charged  with first-degree murder and tampering with evidence late Friday. She was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Saturday  and remained there as of Tuesday.

  • New Years’ plunge into frigid water
  • Protection sought for Valles Caldera

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Underground pockets of boiling water and steam in a northern New Mexico national preserve that represent the heart of an ancient collapsed volcano could get extra federal protection under a proposal by the National Park Service to limit or prevent any negative effects from tapping geothermal energy on neighboring land.

  • Backtracking, GOP won’t gut ethics office

    By Erica Werner
    AP Congressional Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — House Republicans abruptly reversed themselves Tuesday under pressure from President-elect Donald Trump and dropped plans to gut an independent congressional ethics board.

  • Weather - Jan. 4, 2017


    HIGH 51° / LOW 22°
    Sunny, with a high near 51. Breezy, with a west wind 15 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:01 p.m.