Local News

  • Municipal election results

    The Optic will be posting unofficial municipal election results tonight. Polls close at 7 p.m., so check back soon.

  • Looking Back - March 7, 2012

    In 1912

    Saturday, March 2 — President Frank H.H. Roberts of the New Mexico Normal University was named a member of the state board of education by Governor William C. McDonald. The governor also appointed John D.W. Veeder a member of the board of regents of the Normal in the place of the late Frederick H. Pierce.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 7, 2012

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is Friday

    The 18th annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place this Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium with doors opening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $4 and are available in the KEDP Radio Station, Studio 103, 901 University Ave., or call 454-3238.

  • Weather - March 7, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22. North wind 10-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20.


  • Storrie, city negotiating storage options

    The Storrie Project Water Users Association says that at the behest of the area’s congressional delegation, it has initiated conversations with city officials to re-evaluate options for a potential long-term storage arrangement of city water in Storrie Lake.

    The city currently has the capacity to store about 1,000 acre feet of water. An acre foot is the equivalent of 326,000 gallons, enough to service two to three homes for a year.

  • In Brief - News - March 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Mom sentenced to 33 years  

    ALBUQUERQUE  — An Albuquerque woman accused of smothering her 3-year-old son, bringing him back to life, and then smothering him to death has been sentenced to 33 years in prison.

    Bernalillo County District Attorney Kari Brandenburg said that Tiffany Toribio was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty to a number of charges, including child abuse and second degree murder.

  • Prescribed burn planned for wildlife refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge plans to implement a prescribed fire project on the east side of the refuge early this month.

    The burn unit is located southeast of the refuge headquarters,  about three miles southeast of Las Vegas.

    This prescribed fire is part of a fuels reduction and grassland maintenance project on the refuge to enhance native habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

  • Boy’s body pulled from hole

    The Associated Press

    CARLSBAD — Members of the Carlsbad community gathered Monday night to remember the little boy who died after falling into a deep hole over the weekend.

    A candle light vigil was held and members of Samuel Jones family thanked the community for their support.

    Meanwhile, investigators are trying to determine how the boy fell into the hole.

    Crews pulled the body of the 4-year-old from a narrow, 30-foot-deep hole early Monday, nearly two days after he disappeared while playing outside his home.

  • Martinez signs state budget, vetoes $2M

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez agreed Friday with most of the budget handiwork of the Democratic-controlled Legislature, signing a $5.6 billion spending blueprint that will boost the take-home pay of educators and state workers.

  • Unemployment fund tax bill approved by governor

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico businesses will save more than $81 million this year on the premiums they pay into the state’s unemployment compensation fund under legislation signed into law Monday by Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The Republican governor said the legislation along with a package of other tax reforms passed during the recent 30-day legislative session are aimed at giving businesses an opportunity to recover from the economic hard times that have swept the nation.