Local News

  • Campos to remain on primary ballot

    Area voters will get to decide which of two current lawmakers they want representing them in the Senate after the state Supreme Court rejected requests to boot incumbent Pete Campos and other candidates from the ballot for failing to include district numbers on their nominating petitions.

    “I’m grateful to the New Mexico Supreme Court for allowing the voters the opportunity to choose their state senator,” Campos, a Las Vegas Democrat, said Wednesday.

  • Jail Log - April 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 3 and April 9:

  • In Brief - News - April 13, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Evaluation changes coming
    SANTA FE  — Gov. Susana Martinez says her administration will develop a new system this summer for evaluating the performance of teachers and principals partly based on student achievement.

    The Public Education Department will propose regulations next month and then hold public hearings.

    Martinez said Wednesday the system will be made final this summer and be fully implemented in the 2013-2014 school year.

  • Charge brought in Fla. killing

    By Brendan Farrington and Gary Fineout
    The Associated Press

    JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  — Amid furious public pressure to make an arrest in the killing of Trayvon Martin, the special prosecutor on the case went for the maximum Wednesday, bringing a second-degree murder charge against the neighborhood watch volunteer who shot the unarmed black teenager.

  • BREAKING: Court allows GOP, Demo candidates on ballot

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico's highest court is allowing the Senate's top leader and other candidates to appear on the ballot despite incomplete election paperwork.

    The state Supreme Court decided Tuesday that Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and others will remain candidates although their nominating petitions failed to designate the political district of the office for which they are running.

    A 2011 state law required that information for the first time.

  • Ex-Luna leaders to get contract

    Luna Community College is poised to hire two of its former presidents as consultants to handle grants.

    The college isn’t yet disclosing how much it is planning to pay Leroy “Huero” Sanchez and Gilbert Sena for the work, saying a final contract has yet to be executed. The proposal submitted by the former presidents, however, requests $40,000 for the first phase of the contract, which, according to the RFP, would run through Sept. 30.

  • Ward 3 candidates a study in contrasts

    They may share the same first name and live in the same ward, but Ward 3 candidates Joseph “Joey” Herrera and Joseph McCaffrey have little else in common.

    Herrera, a 1982 graduate of Robertson High School, grew up in Las Vegas and said he has pretty much lived in Ward 3 all his life. The 47-year old is the son of a full-time Army reservist who served in Desert Storm and of an elementary school teacher who taught at West.

  • Southwest Capital Bank goes solar

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has installed a 15 kilo watt solar system with a battery backup capable of 30 kilo watt hours of electricity.  

    The system was designed and installed by Energy Concepts Corporation, a locally-owned energy company specializing in photovoltaic installations throughout New Mexico.

    “Southwest Capital Bank is excited to make this exciting investment into one of our town’s iconic buildings,” bank President Greg Levenson said.

  • ‘Perfect Grandma’

    Betsy Roybal’s life took an interesting turn last month.

    The 83-year old was chosen as the phase one winner of the Bueno Foods Perfect Grandma contest. On Saturday, Roybal along with representatives from the New Mexico company handed out samples including their traditional “Grandma’s Tortillas” at the local Wal-Mart.

    Roybal’s son Allen Archuleta and his wife, Tina Montoya-Archuleta submitted Roybal’s story to the Bueno Foods Facebook contest.

  • State police officer injured in rollover

    A state police officer responding to a domestic violence call early Monday morning was seriously injured when his vehicle struck an elk on Interstate 25.

    Officer Will Hayoz was pinned inside his vehicle for more than an hour, state police Lt. Craig Martin said. Hayoz was airlifted to St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe once area rescue crews managed to free him from his mangled vehicle.

    Martin described Hayoz’ injuries as fairly extensive, but said that as of Monday afternoon they didn’t appear to be life threatening.