Local News

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Partnership aims to help women
    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County is partnering with the state Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital to clear the way for new services to help pregnant women with drug and alcohol problems.

    County commissioners voted unanimously this week to accept $250,000 from the University of New Mexico to support the Milagro program.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 17, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Feb. 7 and Feb. 13:

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Navajo president to sign bill
    FARMINGTON — Navajo President Ben Shelly is set to sign a new law aimed at protecting vulnerable adults from discrimination, abuse and neglect.

    The Farmington Daily Times reports that Shelly is scheduled to sign the Vulnerable Adult Protection Act on Thursday at the Navajo Nation Sports Center in Window Rock, Ariz.

  • Suspect has string of DWIs

    The man charged with vehicular homicide for the Feb. 3 crash that left one of his passengers dead had a string of prior drunken driving convictions and a suspended or revoked license, court records show.

    Rudolph A. Muniz, 52, was convicted of driving drunk in 1993, 1994, 2003 and in 2009. Indeed, court records indicate he may have had three other drunken driving arrests.

    The 2009 case involved an incident where Muniz was pulled over because he was swerving. He had no insurance and a suspended or revoked license because of prior DWIs.

  • Six council candidates favor Dodge

    Six of the eight candidates running for the two City Council seats up for grabs in the March 6 election said they support City Manager Timothy Dodge, most said they are in favor of raises for city workers, and most argue that economic development is the most important issue affecting the city aside from water.

    All eight City Council candidates were on hand Monday night to answer questions during the first of two candidate forums sponsored by the Optic. A forum for the mayoral candidates will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. next Monday at the Memorial Middle School auditorium.

  • Nuptial bargains
  • Two with yanked licenses re-arrested

    Two men whose licenses to drive were suspended or revoked for driving drunk were arrested again in recent weeks on new drinking and driving charges.

    State police arrested Philip E. Sweeney, 39, of the 800 block of West National, on Feb. 5. He is charged with driving under the influence, fifth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license and speeding.

  • Federal appeal filed in redistricting case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans asked a federal court on Monday to take over the job of drawing new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    GOP lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of several voters asking a federal court in Albuquerque to appoint a three judge panel to draw district boundaries for the 70-member House. The voters include two Albuquerque-area Republicans who intend to run for House seats once new districts are established.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 15, 2012

    In 1935

    Thursday, Feb. 14 — Within a week to 10 days, drillers will start work on a well near the city, in an effort to bolster the community’s water supply. E.A. Bradner, manager of the Agua Pura Co., announced today... The proposed well will be drilled to a depth in excess of 1,200 feet, and if the supply of water encountered at that depth is not sufficient to insure an adequate water supply for Las Vegas during the ensuing summer months, additional wells are contemplated, it was indicated.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 15, 2012

    Highlands hosting free play this Thursday

    Highlands University presents “The Meeting,” a play about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Ilfeld Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month. The play, which is free and open to the public, portrays a fictional meeting between the two leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement.