Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 7, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Fire continues near Socorro
    SOCORRO — Authorities say operations to burn vegetation in advance of a southern New Mexico wildfire will cause a significant increase in smoke.

    The fire is burning on state and federal land about 30 miles south of Socorro.

    It has burned 10.1 square miles (26.2 sq. kilometers) since being sparked by lightning on June 26 and officials say the planned burnout Tuesday of 2 square miles would help firefighters contain the fire in area of safe access for firefighters.

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  • Weather - July 7, 2017


    HIGH 88°/ LOW 56°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.
    5:52 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.


  • State Police release report on drowning

    The New Mexico State Police recently released an incident report about a drowning in which a 20-year-old Tecolote man died.

    A swimming incident claimed the life of Damian A. Pacheco of Tecolote at a water hole along Tecolote Creek on County Road B26B — west of U.S. 284, near Bernal — on the afternoon of Saturday, June 10. The report was completed before full toxicology results were available, but it concludes initial investigation shows drowning was the apparent cause of Pacheco’s death.

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  • City going with Google for upgrade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, the city contracted with Google and SADA Systems to transition to G-Suite, also known as Google Cloud.
    G-Suite offers city government a host of benefits. 99.99 percent uptime, unlimited data storage, video and voice conferencing, a MicroSoft-compatible office suite, and a host of archiving, retrieval and reporting tools.

    Although city email will be hosted by Gmail, the city will retain the current email domain, so email addresses won’t change.

  • In Brief - News - July 5, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Duke City mayor receives safety award
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry received an award last week for “excellence in public safety” even though FBI statistics show violent crime in the city is on the rise.

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce’s award will be presented to Berry for several initiatives he launched to help fight crime, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Weather - July 5, 2017


    HIGH 86°/ LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

    5:51 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 88° / LOW 56°
    Sunny, with a high near 88. Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    5:51 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • City, county both hear ‘sanctuary’ requests

    What, exactly, is a “sanctuary community”?

    The term, frequently applied to cities, seems to have slightly different meanings around the U.S., as immigrant populations and local opinion on issues vary greatly. Two San Miguel County governing bodies have recently heard from area residents regarding what a “sanctuary status” means to them.

  • Forgotten heroes

    Old Optic newspaper clippings explain Roberto Garcia’s time in war: “Wounded in action,” “Another Las Vegan wounded in Korea,” and “Las Vegan decorated.” His actions during battle displayed his bravery, heroics, and sacrifices while serving his country. Two Purple Hearts, four Bronze Star Medals, the Occupation of Japan Medal, the Distinguished Unit emblem, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal are his collection of awards and decorations for his time in the Army during the Korean War.