Local News

  • Presbyterian pulling out of New Mexico health exchange

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Officials with Presbyterian Health Plan say the insurance company will no longer offer individual and family plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in New Mexico starting next year.

    The decision will affect 10,000 exchange members, 80 percent of whom now receive federal subsidies. Presbyterian has sent letters to members notifying them of the changes.

    Presbyterian officials say patients who purchased on the exchange used medical services 30 percent more than other patient groups off the exchange.

  • In Brief - News - July 15, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • Ex-deputy pleads guilty

    The Associated Press

    A former Colfax County Sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.

    Prosecutors say 46-year-old Vidal Sandoval, of Cimarron, entered his plea Wednesday.

    The FBI and the New Mexico State Police arrested Sandoval in March 2015 for allegedly trying to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in Colfax County the previous month.

  • Jail Log - July 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 5 and July 12:

  • Ginsburg apologizes for ‘ill-advised’ criticism of Trump

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Conceding her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump was “ill advised,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Thursday in an effort to quiet mounting complaints that she improperly crossed a line into partisan politics.

    Promising to be more discreet in the future, the leader of the court’s liberal wing said in a statement that judges should not comment on candidates for any public office.

  • Weather - July 15, 2016


    HIGH 91° / LOW 57°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5 to 10 mph
    becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
    5:57 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


    HIGH 97° / LOW 60°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7 am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind
    5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    5:58 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, July 7, 1966 — William C. (Billy) Wertz, 1210 Seventh St., was one of two students from New Mexico to be a winner in the sixth annual journalism awards in inter-collegiate competition for 1965-66. Wertz won his award in the spot news writing competition. At least twice district singles champion, Wertz competed in tennis tournaments throughout
    the state in doubles with David Warren. He is working for the Associated Press in San Francisco during the summer vacation and will return in the fall from his senior year at Stanford

  • Luna hires trustee’s wife

    By M.E. Sprengelmeyer
    The Communicator

    SANTA ROSA — The wife of a Luna Community College board member has been hired as the new leader of the satellite campus in Santa Rosa, but officials say the hiring followed normal processes and there was no favoritism whatsoever.

  • Council signs off on firing, new directors

    The City Council gave its blessing Monday to City Manager Richard Trujillo’s recommendation that Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez be terminated.

    The 2-1 vote followed a 90 minute closed-door session  during which the mayor, city councilors and city manager discussed personnel matters. Trujillo has said he cannot discuss the reason for the termination with the Optic because it is a personnel matter.

  • Greeting the Harvey Girls — Vegas sees tourism uptick

    Tourism in the state was at a record-breaking high for the fourth year in a row last year, according to state officials.

    Gov. Susana Martinez, along with Tourism Department Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Latham, said 700,000 additional trips were taken to the state last year, bringing in 33.4 million visitors to the state — an all-time high. Las Vegas got a piece of the tourism pie as well.