Local News

  • Weather - August 10, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.


  • Local midwife receives award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Local certified nurse midwife Connie Jimenez Trujillo was recently selected as an honoree of the New Mexico Business Weekly’s 40 Under Forty awards.

    The Business Weekly honors young professionals “who are climbing the charts in their industries and making an impact on the New Mexican community.”     

  • Jail Log - August 10, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center July 30-Aug. 6:
    Joseph Higgins, 34, Department of Corrections hold
    Lonnie Lucero, 45, probation violation: three day sanction
    Ormando Pino, 33, Department of Corrections hold
    Ronnie Barela, 46, Department of Corrections Hold
    Valentin Hernandez, 55, aggravated driving while intoxicated, traffic offense
    Michael Madrid, 34, battery on a household member, criminal damage to property

  • In Brief - News - August 10, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Border changes proposed
    ALBUQUERQUE — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is eyeing a plan to extend the border zone in New Mexico by 30 miles to allow some Mexican nationals to visit deeper into the U.S.
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday the proposed changes to extend the border zone in New Mexico up to 55 miles, from the current 25 mile restriction, for “border crossing card” holders.

  • Two arrested in audit case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The current chief operating officer and a former controller at the New Mexico Finance Authority were arrested Wednesday for state securities violations related to a fake financial audit that was distributed to investors earlier this year.

    New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division announced the arrests Wednesday of Chief Operating Officer John Duff and former controller Greg Campbell, who left the agency in June.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 10, 2012

    The Associated Press
    Chief arrested on assault charges
    VELARDE — The fire chief of a small northern New Mexico community has been arrested after authorities say he pointed a gun at a crowd.
    Rio Arriba County sheriff’s spokesman Jake Arnold says Darwin Yazzie faces five counts of aggravated assault.
    Arnold says Yazzie aimed the gun at about 30 people Monday during a meeting of volunteer firefighters in Velarde. No shots were fired, and no injuries were reported.
    Yazzie then left the fire station.

  • Martinez: UVA program to help schools

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Struggling schools that received a D or F grade under the state’s new grading system will have a chance to participate in a University of Virginia-based program known for dramatically improving math and reading scores, Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday.

  • BREAKING: Twenty-five charged in large drug bust

  • BREAKING: Major drug bust executed in San Miguel County

    Federal law enforcement authorities swooped in on helicopters and black SUVs at daybreak today and with the help of local police began rounding up suspects in one of the largest drug raids to be executed in San Miguel County in more than a decade.

    Those arrested on federal warrants were first taken to the National Guard Armory. They were then transported to the Las Vegas Airport and flown to Albuquerque where they will likely face a federal judge.

  • Coed fends off attacker

    A New Mexico Highlands University student didn’t hesitate to act when a man attacked her on the Gallinas Riverwalk near New Mexico Highlands University on Thursday evening.

    The woman managed to fend off her attacker by punching him in the face, spraying him with pepper spray and then running to her car, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    But the attacker has yet to be caught, and Montaño is urging the public to be careful and to take precautions.