Local News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Inmate faces murder charges

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Arizona inmate accused of killing an Oklahoma couple after escaping from prison last summer will appear in federal court after being sentenced on state charges.

    John McCluskey is scheduled to make an initial appearance Thursday in federal court in Albuquerque.

    McCluskey was one of three inmates who authorities say escaped from an Arizona prison last July and went on a crime spree.

  • Road closures for the fiestas

    Submitted to the Optic

    There will be no parking in the Plaza Park area starting from 6 a.m. Friday, July 1 for setup. Total closures will be in effect from Friday, July 1 at 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Monday, July 4. ADA/Handicap parking will be the only exception as long as a valid permit is displayed. All others will be towed at owners expense.

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  • Carson forests off limits due to fire danger

    The Associated Press

    TAOS — Another New Mexico forest will soon be off limits to the public due to high fire danger.

    The Carson National Forest announced Wednesday that it will impose Stage III restrictions starting Thursday morning. That means the northern New Mexico forest will be closed to all activities, including hiking, biking and horseback riding.

  • Wildfire near lab swells

    By P. Solomon Banda and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS, N.M.  — A vicious wildfire spread through the mountains above a northern New Mexico town on Tuesday, driving thousands of people from their homes as officials at a government nuclear laboratory tried to dispel concerns about the safety of sensitive materials.

  • Fireworks Flap

    Carol Johnson is afraid. City Fire Chief Phillip Mares is afraid. Same goes for Bruce McAllister and a host of other city residents who see the tinder dry conditions, the city’s dwindling water supply and fireworks as a recipe for disaster.

    “I’m scared, and at this point everybody is,” says Johnson.

    Adds McAllister: “This year, everything is so tinder dry that allowing any kind of fireworks is just coming back and saying, we’re going to burn the town down... My God, how many fires do we have going in the state now?”

  • Mora school principal not rehired

    The principal of Mora Elementary School is out of a job and a school board member says it was because she stood up to the superintendent.

    Anita Roybal was terminated earlier this month, according to board member George A. Trujillo.

    “In my opinion, she was doing an excellent job with the education of our kids, and in my opinion, she got fired because she defended her staff,” Trujillo said.

  • East schools jobs re-advertised

    Las Vegas City Schools recently advertised for several administrative positions.

    They are: director of maintenance and transportation, director of co-curricular activities and director of curriculum and instruction. Just a few weeks prior to the new positions being posted, however, the district had already advertised for similar positions.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, June 28 — The largest real estate deal that has been transacted in this county for several months has just been consummated by J.D. Hand, who sold the Clyde ranch near Watrous to Messrs. J.R. Hill and J.O Pratt of Gulfport, Miss., and C.R. Ellery of Biloxi, Miss. The price was in the neighborhood of $100,000. Spot cash was paid in closing the deal...  They expect to develop the Clyde ranch and colonize it. The tract contains something over 5,000 acres.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 29, 2011

    Fiestas begin Friday

    The fiestas kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a Mass at Our Lady of Sorrows Church. The reina candidates then walk in a procession toward Plaza Park. There, the fiesta’s new reina is crowned.

  • Weather - June 29, 2011

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind between 15 and 20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 61. South wind 10-20 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 62.