Local News

  • Homicide conviction overturned

    The state Court of Appeals has overturned the conviction of the man accused of causing the death of a baby while driving recklessly on Interstate 25 in San Miguel County in June of 2012.

    Ramon Hernandez — a Guatamala native who had been residing in Santa Fe — has consistently maintained that he wasn’t driving when the collision occurred. He was sentenced to nine years in prison after a San Miguel County jury convicted him in December 2013 of homicide by vehicle, great bodily harm by vehicle and reckless driving.

  • 2016 Year In Review —

    There’s no question that 2016 was Tonita Gurule-Giron’s year. She started the year off as a city councilor and as one of six candidates for mayor and ended it as the city’s first female mayor, having survived a recall effort.

  • Weather - Jan. 1, 2017


    HIGH 46° / LOW 27°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 27.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.


    HIGH 46° / LOW 28°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Monday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 28.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.


  • DA: Fatal shooting justified

    The Associated Press

    The Santa Fe District Attorney’s Office has cleared four officers of wrongdoing in connection to the fatal shooting of a 30-year-old suspect.

    District Attorney Jennifer Padgett on Tuesday sent a letter to State Police Chief Pete Kassetas stating that the four officers will not face charges for the August 2015 death of Marvin Maestas, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Three-quarters of a century: KFUN celebrates 75th

    For Joseph and Loretta Baca, 2016 will go down as a milestone as they celebrate one of their radio stations turning 75.  

    KFUN hit the airwaves in the Meadow City on Christmas Day 1941 under the ownership of visionaries Ernie and Dorothy Thwaites.

    The anniversary is particularly meaningful for Joseph Baca, who worked for KFUN for many years.  

    “It is gratifying and humbling...,” Joseph Baca said. “Now, we are part of KFUN’s history and birthday.”

  • Fraud cases against Trujillo moving forward

    The three criminal cases against the former chief of the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau — who is accused of fraud, forgery and other crimes — are back on track.

    All three cases against Charles Trujillo were placed on hold in September after a potential conflict of interest arose due to the fact that Trujillo’s attorney, Sam Bregman, previously represented one of the state’s witnesses in an employment matter.

  • Crash leads to diesel spill in Cimarron River

    The Associated Press

    EAGLE NEST — New Mexico’s Environmental Department is assessing the impact of a fuel spill into the Cimarron River outside the community of Eagle Nest.

    State police say the driver of a tanker truck carrying diesel fuel and gasoline allowed the truck to slide off the north side of U.S. 64 and it plunged into the river. The crash happened Tuesday about five miles west of the community in northeastern New Mexico’s Colfax County.

    State police reported no injuries to the driver.

  • Tips sought in bighorn poaching case

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is requesting the public’s help in identifying suspects involved in the poaching of a bighorn sheep off N.M. 518 near Sipapu ski area on Dec. 22.

    A bighorn sheep was killed that morning near Comales Campground sometime between 9:20 a.m. and noon on the hillside off the east side of the highway just above the pulloff where a blue Adopt-a-Highway memorial sign dedicated to Sonny James Marquez stands.

  • HU recycling coordinator earns statewide recognition

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The recycling coordinator at Highlands University earned top honors as the New Mexico Recycling Employee/Operator of the Year in 2016.

    The New Mexico Recycling Coalition named Carmen Lopez for the award, which recognizes individuals and entities for their outstanding work to promote recycling, composting and solid waste best practices.

  • Weather - Dec. 30, 2016


    HIGH 55° / LOW 32°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Friday night— partly cloudy, with a low around 32.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:57 p.m.


    HIGH 43° / LOW 26°
    A 40 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. South wind 10 to 15 mph.
    7:10 a.m. to 4:58 p.m.