Local News

  • Pedestrian struck, killed Wednesday

    A man who witnesses say ran out into traffic on Seventh Street near Dalbey Drive was struck and killed by a sports utility vehicle at about 8 p.m. Wednesday.

    Leroy Vigil, 45, died at the scene, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The driver of the sports utility vehicle, 20-year-old Kimberly Mares, was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance. She was treated and released.

  • State targets Mora school officials

    Two high ranking Mora school district administrators could lose their education licenses for allegedly diverting school money into a discretionary account used to pay for leather jackets and other frills for state lawmakers and others.

    The state Public Education Department issued notices of contemplated action to Chief Operations Officer Roger Gonzales last month and to Business Manager Agnes Padilla last week. The notices inform Gonzales and Padilla that PED plans to take adverse action against their licenses, up to revoking them.

  • Optic Shadow

    Editor’s note: The Optic, as it has done in the past, took in a “job shadow” this school year. The annual program is under the supervision of Karlas Ulibarri-Boyle and April Ortiz. Brandy Lucero, a student at Memorial Middle School, spent Thursday mornings for about two months learning how the newspaper functions by carrying out her assignment: Interview Optic employees and write a story about how the Optic is produced, and a personal column about what she learned. The following is a result of her work.

  • Refuge road work underway

    Submitted to the Optic

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with San Miguel County and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, are working together to rehabilitate a 1.3 mille stretch of County Road 22C and three wildlife viewing parking lots.

  • Fire burning near Gallinas

    Crews on Thursday were battling a 95-acre blaze burning west of Gallinas near Evergreen Valley.

    The Middleton fire was 38 percent contained as of Thursday morning. Santa Fe National Forest officials believe it was started by a downed power line.

    “This is an early warning sign,” said Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman with the forest service.

    He said the dry winter has increased the fire danger, and people need to be careful because conditions exist for a big fire.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 11 — New Mexico State Hospital is offering tours to groups and individuals interested in learning about the program of treatment of mental illness. Dave Jewell, new director of volunteer services at the hospital here, is drumming up participation from senior high school and college students and civic and church groups... The two-hour tours include trips to patients' wards and opportunities to speak with members of the professional staff. Arrangements should be made in advance.

  • Looking ahead

    Fiesta this Saturday

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is taking place this weekend at Illfeld Auditorium. The annual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $4. The event is sponsored by Community First Bank, NMHU President Jim Fries, and the NMHU School of Social Work.

  • Weather

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25- 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.


  • FYI

    Sunday was the beginning of spring in New Mexico, and here comes the hay fever. Male junipers loaded with pollen are the most likely culprit. People can be allergic to other trees or plants that bloom in spring, but juniper is considered the worst in the state. The severity and length of spring allergies depend on weather conditions and vary year to year.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Village settles lawsuit

    MELROSE — The village of Melrose has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by the former police chief, but neither side will release the terms of the agreement.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions has said former Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling asked for dismissal of a human rights claim against former Mayor Lance Pyle and the village after reaching a settlement in February.