Local News

  • Martinez: More than 1 million increase in annual N.M. visitors

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — About a million more trips were made to New Mexico in 2016 than the previous year, breaking another tourism record for the state, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday.

    Speaking to tourism officials in Albuquerque, the Republican governor said 34.4 million trips were taken in New Mexico last year and that surpassed the previous record set in 2015.

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  • Trump chides Russia, but doesn’t condemn election meddling

    By Darlene Superville and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WARSAW, Poland  — On the eve of his first meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to confront “new forms of aggression” targeting the West and called for Moscow to stop fomenting unrest around the world. Yet he pointedly stopped short of condemning Russia for meddling in the U.S. election.

  • Las Cruces lawmaker throws hat into ring

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Sen. Joseph Cervantes, a southern New Mexico Democrat in the state’s swing region, is jumping into the race for governor.

    The architect and Las Cruces attorney told The Associated Press that he will formally enter the race to seek the Democratic nomination for governor in a direct challenge to Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and other Democrats wanting to succeed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • 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.