Local News

  • Weather - April 19, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Light west wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

  • Frantic search ongoing after deadly Texas blast

    By John L Mone and Michael Brick
    The Associated Press

    WEST, Texas — Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

  • Gun control backers: Senate defeat won’t stop efforts

    By Alan Fram and David Espo
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.

  • Jail Log - April 19, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center April 7 - April 15:
    Apolinario-Paul Gonzales, 42, failure to pay fines
    Zugey Marcano, 23, mental health hold
    Alex Alires, 40, failure to appear - bench warrant
    Gilbert Romero, 29, speeding, no insurance, burglary and larceny
    Martin Dyrkacz, 26, indecent exposure, public nuisance  
    Jane McIntire, 43, disorderly conduct, public nuisance  
    Benito Mora, age unavailable, criminal damage to property

  • Man suspected of mailing ricin

    The Associated Press

    CORINTH, Miss. — A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed “various parties within the government” were trying to ruin his reputation.

  • Hunt for bombing suspect ongoing

    By Denise Lavoie and Rodrique Ngowi
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

  • Police awaiting autopsy report

    Police are awaiting the outcome of autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death of Ignacio “Nash” Herrera, 41, who was found unresponsive in front of apartments on the 400 block of Mountain View Drive around 10:41 p.m. Saturday, according to Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    Officers found the man upon responding to a call of an ill man, and the case remains under investigation with no further details available, Montaño said  by email Wednesday evening.

  • Case linked to Richardson back in court

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The allegations against retired state New Mexico District Judge Michael Murphy were startling, even in a state known for its political scandals.

    The judge told a potential judicial candidate she would need to make payments to a Democratic political activist if she wanted a seat on the bench, a report from prosecutors said. The money would then be funneled to former Gov. Bill Richardson, he said.

  • Annual seed exchange Saturday at LCC cafeteria

    Submitted to the Optic

    Seed exchanges, events where farmers and gardeners exchange the seeds that they saved during past years, are cropping up all over the country.

    This year, seed exchanges have already been held in Mora and Anton Chico.

  • Economic impact of wildfire forum today at NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University will present a free public forum today on the economic impact of wildfire.

    The forum, “What Happens After the Wildfire? Economic Impacts of Wildfire and Post-Fire Flooding,” will be in Room 215 of the Lora Shields Building, 806 National Ave. Light refreshments will be served. The forum will be 9 a.m. to noon.

    The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute is sponsoring the forum along with the Gallinas Partnership and Highlands University.