Local News

  • Looking ahead - Sept. 28, 2012

    This Saturday is Free Fishing Day in New Mexico. On this special day, no license is required, although bag limits and other rules apply.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 28, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, Sept. 27 — Two Highlands University professors, Dr. Stuart Boyd, head of the department of psychology, and Dr. Harry Saslow, also of the psychology department, were invited to appear on the program of the American Association of Mental Deficiency’s Rocky Mountain Regional meeting to be held in Albuquerque today.

  • Weather - Sept. 28, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45.
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 45.


  • Jail Log - Sept. 28, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 14 and Sept. 24:

  • Feds deny project’s request

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A $350 million transmission project aimed at funneling renewable energy from eastern and central New Mexico to other Western markets could be in jeopardy due to a decision by federal regulators.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has denied a request by New Mexico’s Renewable Energy Transmission Authority and others that sought a one-time change in the way requests for transmission access are processed so the Power Network Project could be expedited.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

  • Police force has gone to the dog

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    VAUGHN — A drug-sniffing dog now is the only certified member of the police force in the small eastern New Mexico town of Vaughn.

    Police Chief Ernest “Chris” Armijo decided to step down Wednesday after news stories reported that he wasn’t allowed to carry a gun because of his criminal background.

    “He decided the attention was distracting,” said Dave Romero, an attorney for the town.

  • Spaceport is built

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES — New Mexico Tourism Secretary Monique Jacobson says it will be New Mexico’s Sydney Opera House. Virgin Galactic Chairman Richard Branson has hinted it will host the first of his new brand of lifestyle hotels. And the eclectic hot springs town of Truth or Consequences has been anxiously awaiting all the economic development the nearly quarter-of-a-billion-dollar project is supposed to bring to this largely rural part of southern New Mexico.

  • Rep. Vigil arrested on bench warrant

    State Rep. Richard Vigil was arrested Tuesday on a bench warrant out of Raton Magistrate court for allegedly failing to take care of a speeding ticket he got in Colfax County on July 4.

    He owed $176.

    Vigil told the Optic during a brief telephone interview that he is looking into the matter.

    "I'm almost sure we had sent a money order," he said.

  • County workers reject union

    Attempts by some San Miguel County blue and white collar workers to form a union fell short last week, with employees eligible to cast a ballot on the issue voting 21-17 against unionizing.

    Enrique Mejia, an Albuquerque-based union organizer with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, said the big issues prompting San Miguel County employees to explore the possibility of forming a union were favoritism and unfairness.