Local News

  • State investment funds up $2B

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s investment funds grew by more than $2 billion during the first three months of the year because of strong investment returns.

    The Legislative Finance Committee reports state permanent funds and the pension funds of the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board had combined asset values of nearly $36.6 billion at the end of March. That’s up about $279 million from a year ago.

    The PERA had a quarterly return of 8 percent and assets of $12 billion.

  • Jail Log - June 15, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 5 and June 11:
    Steven Montoya, 43, aggravated driving under the influence, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license
    Domingo Gonzales Jr., 57, driving on a suspended or revoked license
    Joseph Lussow, 25, bench warrant
    Gary Coca, 39, violation of curfew-Adult Probation Office
    Rick Archuleta, 43, bench warrant: aggravated battery, aggravated assault
    Marcella Martinez, 55, felony warrant: possession of a controlled substance

  • City to allow dog to be leash free

    The Associated Press
    ELEPHANT BUTTE — Supporters of Blue the free-roaming dog have persuaded Elephant Butte officials to allow the animal to continue wandering untethered — within the boundaries of an invisible fence.

    Blue’s attorney, Hilary Noskin, said community members packed City Hall and overflow rooms Wednesday to plead for the dog’s leash-free lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

  • Wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was a part of the landscape.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 15, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Judge: Cops used excessive force
    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal judge is maintaining his ruling that Albuquerque police used excessive force in the 2009 arrest of a drunken man who was subdued using stun guns, bean bag rounds and a police dog.

    The Albuquerque Journal reported that U.S. District Court Chief Judge Bruce D. Black has rejected the city's argument to alter his judgment against four police officers.

    Black overturned a jury's verdict in favor of the city in April.

  • Eighth Annual LCC Car Show Saturday

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College will be having its Eighth Annual Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, at the college.

    A $20 entry fee is required per vehicle. Entries will be received until the day of the event. The first 100 paid entries will receive a commemorative t-shirt and all entries will qualify for door prize drawings. Entries will be received until the day of the event.

  • Feds decline dune lizard protection

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A contentious battle over a rare lizard found only in New Mexico and West Texas’ oil and gas country took a surprising turn Wednesday with federal officials deciding not to bestow endangered species protections on the small reptile.

  • Texas tip led to huge bust

    The drug bust that yielded 600 pounds of marijuana last week was the result of a Texas Department of Public Safety investigation that spilled over into New Mexico, documents filed Tuesday in San Miguel County Magistrate Court reveal.

  • Change orders up remodel cost

    A remodeling project at West Las Vegas’ Tony Serna Elementary School cost nearly two-thirds more than the original bid because of two change orders.

    The original bid from Franken Construction for remodeling the elementary school’s kitchen was for $131,153, but the project ended up costing $208,557, nearly 60 percent more than the original bid.

    Exactly how the district covered the additional costs is unclear.

    Superintendent Ruben Cordova had not responded to an e-mail from the Optic as of press time.

  • Beating the Heat