Local News

  • 15 step up to save Watrous fire house

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Sam Pacheco wants to make sure there’s someone to help should his Fort Union home catch on fire.

    So Pacheco, a 53-year-old maintenance worker at the United World College, joined the Watrous Volunteer Fire Department as did his girlfriend, Maria Archuleta, 41.

    The couple was among 15 to sign up during a Monday meeting to decide whether or not the fire department should close because it had only three to four regular volunteers.

  • Griego to stand trial

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico State Sen. Phil Griego has been ordered to stand trial in a corruption case linked to his private commission on the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Weather - July 13, 2016


    HIGH 96° / LOW 59°
    Sunny, with a high near 96. Northwest wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Wednesday night —
    Mostly clear, with a low around 59. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest after midnight.
    5:56 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.


  • Looking Back - July 13, 2016

    In 1966
    Tuesday, July 5, 1966 — Members of the Jaycees welcomed drivers with refreshments during a road block at the rodeo grounds on State Road 3. Those providing coffee and doughnuts were Andrew Valdez, Tony Elias, Martin Suazo, John Perea, Glenn Hovland, Eloy Martinez and Bobby Segura.

  • BREAKING: Griego to stand trial on corruption charges

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court is ordering that former state Sen. Phil Griego stand trial in a public corruption case on charges including fraud, bribery and perjury.

    Judge Brett Loveless found on Friday there was probable cause to pursue nine out of 10 charges filed by the state attorney general's office against the former Democratic lawmaker who resigned in 2015 amid a Senate ethics probe.

  • 'America is weeping': Taking stock after 3 days of tragedy

    AP National Writers

    NEW YORK — Can this really be America in 2016?

    Three tumultuous days have brought echoes of decades past and made clear a public that elected a black president hasn't reconciled its fractured history with race, that a country that lived through unrest and assassinations in the 1960s and 1970s still bubbles with resentment and rage, and that bloody images of violent tragedy aren't going away.

  • Horrified

    By Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — An Army veteran killed by Dallas police after the sniper slayings of five officers during a protest march told authorities that he was upset about the police shootings of two black men earlier this week and wanted to exterminate whites, “especially white officers,” officials said Friday.

  • Another shakeup at City Hall

    City officials are poised to show another administrator the door, calling a special Council meeting for Monday morning to terminate Community Development Director Lindsey Valdez.

    Valdez was placed on administrative leave earlier this month. In a message to her supporters on Facebook, Valdez wrote that she plans to attend Monday’s Council meeting and to advocate for projects she has been working on during the public input portion of the meeting.

  • DA’s daughter involved in DWI crash

    The 17-year-old daughter of District Attorney Richard Flores was arrested last weekend on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol after she crashed her car near the intersection of Valley and Keen streets.

    Police reports released to the Optic on Friday morning state that Cameron Flores smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes and slurred speech. The reports also reveal that an open container was found inside the vehicle she was driving, and that she admitted to an officer that she had consumed alcohol.

  • Alta Vista still struggling to recruit OBs

    By Staci Matlock
    The New Mexican

    Four months after Alta Vista Regional Hospital shuttered its labor, delivery and pediatric services with only six days’ notice to patients and providers, the Las Vegas region’s only hospital is still struggling to find medical staff needed to help pregnant women deliver babies close to home.