Local News

  • Whooping cough claims area infant

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health says a San Miguel County infant has died from whooping cough.

    It’s the first pertussis-related infant death in the state since 2005.

    Health officials say the 2-month-old child died late last week. The name and gender of the infant isn’t immediately available.

  • Watershed games on tap for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance will be hosting the Gallinas Watershed Olympics  from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the United World College-USA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

    The Gallinas Watershed Olympics has been organized to bring the upper and lower Gallinas communities together to celebrate and honor our watershed.  

  • Looking Back - May 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, May 7 — The county will ask for help in road making. Commissioners wish to complete the Mora and Villanueva highways. Commissioners have asked County Clerk Lorraine Delgado to correspond with the state good road commission and the state engineer relative to the construction of the partially built highway to Mora.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 9, 2012

    Mother’s Day pancake breakfast

    A Mother’s Day pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon this Sunday at the Elks Club on Collins. Mothers eat free. Others pay $5 per person. For more information, call Lorenzo Montoya at 505-270-9200.

  • Weather - May 9, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.  


  • FYI - News - May 9, 2012

    A state district judge on Monday issued a ruling mandating that Rock Ulibarri be placed on the ballot for a Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op trustees position.

    The order forced a postponement of the District 2 co-op election that had been scheduled for this past Tuesday. See Friday’s Optic for a complete story.

  • Author Maurice Sendak dies

    By Hillel Italie
    AP National Writer

    NEW YORK — Maurice Sendak didn't think of himself as a children's author, but as an author who told the truth about childhood.

    "I like interesting people and kids are really interesting people," he explained to The Associated Press last fall. "And if you didn't paint them in little blue, pink and yellow, it's even more interesting."

  • Flat budget proposed for city

    Gross receipts taxes paid to the city of Las Vegas are up about 2 percent, but the city administration is nevertheless proposing a flat budget for the upcoming fiscal year, figuring that it’s easier to add money to budgets than to take it away.

    The City Council held a budget hearing last week. Overall, the administration is proposing a $43.2 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

    Roughly $9 million of that funding comes from gross receipts taxes, money generated from the sale of goods and services.

  • Dedicating the Murals
  • Parolee sentenced in robbery try

    A man who was on parole for murder in November when he tried to rob one of the local Allsup’s was sentenced to 6-1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to attempted armed robbery, a third-degree felony and tampering with evidence, a fourth-degree felony.

    Colin Gonzales, 29, received the maximum sentence possible. District Attorney Richard Flores announced the sentence on Tuesday, although Judge Abigail Aragon handed it down in March.