Local News

  • 3 amendments seek PRC changes

    Three of the five constitutional amendments voters will decide on in November deal with the state Public Regulation Commission, a powerful state agency that regulates everything from utilities to insurance companies.

    The proposed changes are partly due to the scandals the PRC has found itself in in recent years, including the troubles of former PRC commissioner Jerome Block, who left the PRC amid mounting turmoil.

  • Gov. vows to comply with federal ID law

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez asked a federal agency on Wednesday whether there will be another extension of a looming deadline to comply with a nationwide law imposing security standards for driver’s licenses.

    In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Martinez asked for clarification on what will happen to New Mexico — and potentially other states — if they fail by 2013 to meet requirements of the Real ID Act, which was enacted in 2005.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 12, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 1 and Oct. 9:
    Thomas Deherrera, 19, bench warrant: Failure to comply with order of the courts
    Daniel Romero, 54, bench warrant
    Jerome Pacheco, 25, bench warrant
    Carla Ayala, 49, persons under the influence of intoxicating liquor
    Martha Matta, 28, bench warrant: Failure to pay
    Raymond Crespin, 54, battery, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    John Sanchez, 42, bench warrant

  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 15 — President Kennedy will visit the state as part of a seven-state political swing this weekend. He is due in at the Albuquerque airport at 2 p.m., and will make a speech boosting the candidacy of Reps. Thomas G. Morris and Joseph M. Montoya.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2012

    Showers and thunderstorms. High near 65. Breezy, with a southeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, becoming west after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20.


  • In Brief - Local - Oct. 12, 2012

    Submitted to the Optic

    Open house for HU program
    The New Mexico Highlands University RN-BSN Program will host an open house from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday in the university’s Engineering Building, 916 11th St., Room 104.
    Registered nurses who have earned an associate degree in nursing and want to learn how to transition to the RN-BSN Program at Highlands are encouraged to attend. Students who are still completing their ADNs are also welcome.
    The open house is free, and light refreshments will be served.

  • West administrators shuffled

    The West Las Vegas School District has undergone a series of administrative changes since the promotion of Gene Parson to the superintendent position last month.

    Former middle school principal Darice Balizan was promoted to associate superintendent, the position previously held by Parson.

  • Hands-on learning

    Students at the West Las Vegas School District are the beneficiaries of a $5,000 grant from Intel.

    The large computer chip manufacture awarded the district the STEM grant to West Las Vegas High School last month. The grants are geared toward promoting science, technology, engineering and math education.

    Etta Bustos, a high school technology teacher, wrote the grant proposal to purchase needed materials for her technology lab.

  • Amendments on general election ballot

    With early voting for the Nov. 6 general election already under way, it’s time to start brushing up on the five constitutional amendments that will greet voters when they show up to cast their ballots.

    Three of the five amendments deal with the state Public Regulation Commission, a powerful state agency that regulates everything from utilities to insurance companies. Those amendments will be covered in a future issue.

  • Acquitted killer facing new charge

    The man acquitted last year for a fatal road rage incident was arrested again late last month in Albuquerque for allegedly shooting at a reckless driver.

    Richard Baca, 24, a New Mexico Army National Guard sergeant, was arrested and charged with a single count of shooting at a vehicle, a felony. He posted bond and was released.

    The latest incident occurred shortly before 3 a.m. on Sept. 29, online court records reveal.