Local News

  • Weather - Sept. 11, 2016


    HIGH 79° / LOW 55°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    Sunday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 55.
    6:41 a.m. to 7:13 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 51°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77.
    6:42 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 11, 2016

    Tuesday, Sept. 6, 1966 —  The West Las Vegas Dons defeated the Hawks of Laguna-Acoma by a score of 43-20 behind the passing and running of Frank Montenegro Friday night. Montenegro passed for 115 yards and scored three times on runs of eight, 10 and 15 yards. He also passed for a touchdown to Salomon Esquibel on a 30-yard scoring toss. Esquibel scored two other touchdowns on runs of 50 and 25 yards. Carlos Montoya scored the other touchdown for the Dons.

  • Remember 9/11
  • Luna hires president’s son

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees signed off Wednesday on the hiring of the son of President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez as the full-time assistant women’s softball coach.

    Roy Sanchez will be paid $33,566 a year, according to Human Resources Director Leticia Archuleta.

    The decision to hire the president’s son comes as the college is facing increased scrutiny from the state Higher Education Department which disclosed last month that it has launched a special audit after receiving complaints about improprieties at Luna.

  • Suicide Prevention - Suicide afflicts the young

    Suicide is something that is not talked about freely despite being the second leading cause of death for 15- to 34-year-olds.

    Suicide is the fifth-leading cause of death for New Mexicans. Knowing the statistics, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas is trying to send a strong message of hope.

    On Tuesday, Erica Davis-Grump of Balderas’ office held a suicide awareness prevention program at Highlands University. The presentation was held during the first week of nationally recognized suicide prevention month.

  • Missing woman found dead

    Lorenzo Flores suspected from the beginning that something was horribly wrong.

    The last time he spoke to his daughter, Veneranda “Nanda” Flores was on Dec. 17, 2014. She called him from Albuquerque to wish him a happy birthday. And while she told him she wouldn’t be coming home for Christmas, she promised to call him on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. But that call never came, and Flores said that just wasn’t like his daughter.

  • Castañeda concert set for Saturday

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    One Roof Publishing

    A unique concert experience will take place on Sept. 10, in the historic Castaneda Hotel, featuring the works of famous composers and under the guidance of artistic director Ronald Maltais. The program is underwritten by Allan Affeldt, the Las Vegas Arts Council, Southwest Capital Bank, and other donors.

    Tickets for this first of a planned three-concert series, are $15 per person.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 9, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6:
    Kyle Minard, 32, DWI: speeding, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Christina Urioste, 30, failure to comply with conditions of release, District Court
    Dalon Finch, 34, failure to comply with conditions of release, District Court
    Lawrence Harris, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jason Lopez, 43, stalking, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • AG urges feds to help ITT students

    The Associated Press

    Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking the federal government to protect students in the wake of an announcement by the for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute that it was shutting down its U.S. campuses.

    Balderas raised his concerns in a letter sent Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. He also called on New Mexico’s congressional delegation to investigate the sudden closure.

    The school said Tuesday it can’t survive recent sanctions by the Education Department.

  • Mora taps elementary principal as interim superintendent

    Ella Arellano was named acting superintendent of the Mora Independent School District after the board unanimously accepted the resignation of LeAnne Salazar-Montoya.

    Salazar-Montoya has previously told the Optic that she was resigning to focus on her family and her doctoral studies.

    “I’m pleased our district is moving forward,” board member Joseph Weathers told the Optic. “I believe that our students will have a successful school year.”

    Salazar-Montoya worked at the district for three months.