Local News

  • Weather - April 26, 2013

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Northwest wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. East wind around 10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

  • Trees vulnerable to bark beetles

    By Daniel Norlander
    New Mexico State Forestry

    It is not difficult to notice that much of New Mexico has been experiencing a prolonged dry spell and the many results of the drought-related conditions.

    These include everything from increased fire activity to decreasing water reservoir levels and dying trees. While some aspects may be more noticeable than others, they can mainly be attributed to a lack of moisture.

  • AG: watch for scams

    The Associated Press
    Attorney General Gary King is warning New Mexicans about two scams targeting consumers.
    In one, King says, an operation out of California is using official-looking documents to convince homeowners to send payments to them instead of their lender. He says the mailings may state “Notice of HUD Relief.” The phone and mail claims offer “Making Home Affordable” or Housing and Urban Development loan modifications.

  • Jail Log - April 26, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 15 and April 23:
    Michael Dalton, 45,  failure to appear San Miguel Magistrate bench warrant
    Vincent Quintana, 32, six- day commitment
    Robert Sena, 51, 2/19/1962 failure to appear San Miguel Magistrate bench warrant
    Jonathan Yancy, 24, possession of controlled substance
    David Leyba, 31, probation violation: failure to report
    Michael Robles, 28, probation violation: positive UA (10-day sanction)

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  • BREAKING — Gerald Baca tapped for judge post

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced this morning that she has appointed longtime Las Vegas attorney Gerald Baca to the 4th Judicial District Court bench.

    Baca replaces Judge Eugenio Mathis, who resigned in late February after being accused of misconduct.

    Pick up a copy of Friday's Optic for more on this story.

  • After 16 years, judge retires

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Longtime San Miguel County Magistrate Judge, Philip Romero, 60, says he’s retiring at the end of the month after serving on the bench for more than 16 years.

    “I’m tired,” Romero says. “And then there’s my wife. She’s been after me for years to give it up. She doesn’t want me running again.”

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  • Recall effort inching forward

    The city clerk approved on Tuesday the recall petition for Mayor Alfonso E. Ortiz, Jr., meaning that those spearheading the effort now have 60 days to gather enough signatures to force the recall election.

    Under the city charter, the petition needs to be signed by a number equal to at least 25 percent of those who voted in the last regular city election in order for the recall to move forward. The last regular city election, which occurred in March 2012, drew 3,748 votes, setting the signatures needed at about 937.

  • Ribbon cutting planned for SUB

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will hold a public ribbon cutting for its new state-of-the-art Student Union Building at 2 p.m on Friday.

    The 67,000-square-foot building is at the northwest corner of National Avenue and Eighth Street, adjacent to the university’s Donnelly Library.