Local News

  • WWII veteran Tom Griffin dies at 96

    By Dan Sewell
    The Associated Press

    CINCINNATI — A B-25 bomber navigator in the daring Doolittle’s Raid World War II attack on mainland Japan has died. Maj. Thomas C. “Tom” Griffin was 96, and his death leaves four surviving Raiders.

  • LCC board election is Tuesday

    Editor’s note: The following information was obtained from the San Miguel County Clerk’s office.

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Four of seven seats on the Luna Board of Trustees  are up for election this year. The election is scheduled to take place this Tuesday.

  • Luna board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With the Luna Board of Trustees election set for Tuesday, it’s time to brush up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all Luna candidates What follows are their responses.

    District No. 1

    Thomas Jerry Maestas
    Age: 54  
    Education:    High school diploma, one year college at Eastern New Mexico University.  four years United Brotherhood of Carpenters Trade School.

  • No break for child molester

    The former day-care owner who pleaded guilty to molesting two children who attended his facility was sentenced Monday to three years of probation.

    In imposing her sentence, Judge Abigail Aragon rejected requests from both defendant Edward Quintana and defense attorney Gerald Baca for a deferred sentence, which would have left the door open to the charges being removed from his record once he successfully completed his probation.

  • ‘Almost like coming home’ - Hospital CEO has ties to area

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer is no stranger to hospitals, having led one in Denver that employed about 1,200 people.

    But bigger doesn’t always mean better, says Kathleen Cahill, explaining that patients can get lost in the shuffle at large hospitals.

  • Three hurt in suspected DWI crash

    A wrong-way driver caused a head-on collision Monday evening, leaving three people injured.

    Las Vegas police say the crash, which occurred near where New Mexico Avenue turns into Church Street, was caused by a repeat drunk driver.

    Las Vegas police arrested and charged 46-year-old Petrolino Urioste, of the 1100 block of Chavez Street with felony DWI, fourth offense, three counts of causing great bodily injury, reckless driving and having an open container.

  • White House: Cuts would hurt NM

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The White House has released a list of impacts on New Mexico to automatic budget cuts that are set to take hold this week.

    The White House compiled the numbers from federal agencies and its own budget office. The numbers reflect the impact of the cuts this year. Unless Congress acts by Friday, $85 billion in cuts are set to take effect from March-September.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 27, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 27, 2013

    AAUW book sale is Friday and Saturday
    Check out the huge selection of books at the AAUW annual used book sale this Friday and Saturday. The book sale is held in the NMHU Student Center lobby from noon to 6 p.m. on Friday, and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. Funds raised go to support scholarships for NMHU women.

  • Weather - Feb. 27, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 14. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 18.

    Sunny, with a high near 42. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Sunny, with a high near 51.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:33 a.m. to 5:55 p.m.