Local News

  • GOP votes on primary candidates

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Republican leaders have put more than one candidate on the primary election ballot in two contested races.

    More than 500 delegates voted Saturday afternoon for candidates in several federal and state races at the Republican Party of New Mexico’s pre-primary convention.

  • Annual book sale
  • City hires twice-fired director

    City Manager Timothy Dodge has appointed Ann Marie Gallegos as the municipality’s interim finance director, a move that has unanimous support from the city’s unions but is raising eyebrows outside of City Hall.

    “I’m honored to be here. I’m honored to be back home. I’ll do the best job I can,” Gallegos told the governing body.

    “I am really looking forward to coming home.”

  • Senior profile - Stephen Garcia

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People gravitate toward him, knowing he’ll have a friendly smile and even an offer to help load groceries. A greeter celebrating his 19th year in that job at the Las Vegas Walmart, Stephen Garcia is aiming for 19 more years.

  • Gov pledges to sign $10M dam funding

    Gov. Susana Martinez took to the radio airwaves Wednesday morning to announce that she will sign the capital outlay bill approved by lawmakers last week that contains $10 million for the city of Las Vegas’ Bradner Dam project.

  • Open fires banned on state lands

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Thousands of square miles of drought-stricken New Mexico are now off-limits to fireworks, open fires and smoking until further notice.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell put the state on notice Wednesday, saying his decision to prohibit potential fire-starting activities on state trust land is aimed at preventing the kind of catastrophic wildfires that raced through New Mexico’s tinder dry forests and grasslands a couple of years ago.

  • AAUW book sale
  • Jail Log - Feb. 28, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 11 and Feb. 21.

    David Romero, 54, six-day commitment  
    Jessica Rivera, 27, 15-day commitment  
    Rodney Keck, 43, hold for court
    Anthony Muniz, 45, hold for court
    Fredrick Martinez, 27, hold for court
    Mathew Muñoz, 29, hold for court
    Thomas Baker, 29, hold for court
    Mark Sena, 29, aggravated assault on household member bench warrant Santa Fe

  • Manager, councilor trade verbal barbs

    Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron and City Manager Timothy Dodge exchanged verbal barbs at Tuesday night’s council, with Dodge at one point telling the councilwoman that she was “flat out lying.”

    The spat occurred after Dodge announced that he had appointed Ann Marie Gallegos as the new interim finance director and Pamela Marrujo and the new interim housing director.  

  • Santa Rosa cop shoots man

    The Associated Press
    Authorities say a Santa Rosa police officer has shot a 20-year-old Oklahoma man during a chase.

    New Mexico State Police said the officer shot Kenny Silvers, of McAlester, Okla., early Tuesday following a pursuit near a rail yard.