Local News

  • Study: NM income inequality continues to grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The gap between wealthy households and low-income families continues to grow in New Mexico, and the difference between their incomes is now the largest in the nation, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 21, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Nov. 21 — Now under construction on the Highlands University campus is a $200,000 multiple-purpose building to be known as University Hall. Designed for large conferences, student social activities and other special events, it will seat 400 for a banquet and 500 for a meeting. Moveable partitions will make it available for classes or small meetings.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2012

    Christmas fairs slated for this weekend

    Christmas fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Student Center Ballroom on the Highlands University campus. For more information contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 505-652-6943.

  • Weather - Nov. 21, 2012

    Partly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 62. West wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunny, with a high near 59.

  • FYI - Nov. 21, 2012

    Magistrate judges in San Miguel County will only handle traffic citation cases from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The new schedule was implemented earlier this month.

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    The offices of the Optic will be closed Thursday and Friday due to the Thanksgiving holiday. The Optic will reopen on Monday.

  • Recycling Fun
  • In Brief - News - Nov. 21, 2012

    The Associated Press
    Sanchez won’t seek top spot
    SANTA FE — Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez says he has decided not to seek the chamber’s top job, president pro tempore.
    The Belen Democrat told the Albuquerque Journal on Monday that he is happy in his current position as senate majority leader and hopes to return.
    Sanchez is the sole survivor among top Senate Democrats targeted by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her political allies.

  • Chances slim for winter moisture

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Weather forecasters and state and federal water managers on Monday painted a grim picture of the chances drought-stricken New Mexico has to make up any ground this winter.
    It’s early, but officials said the state is already starting off with half of the average snowpack for this time of year.

  • No iPad, but plenty of pot

    City police officers investigating a burglary last week stumbled upon a large amount of marijuana and ended up arresting two men on felony drug charges.

    The next day, according to police, friends of the men arrested confronted the people who reported the burglary to authorities, calling one of them a rat and assaulting him. Those men are now in hot water themselves, facing felony charges.

  • Search warrants sealed

    State police investigators working the case of a missing Las Vegas woman said Friday that they have spent countless hours on the matter, and they confirmed that they have executed search warrants.

    “Interviews have been conducted and more interviews are pending,” the investigators said in an email sent through Lt. Robert McDonald, the statewide spokesman for state police.