Local News

  • Police commander under fire for e-mail

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque police commander is under fire after he sent an e-mail to neighborhood leaders blaming two dozen officer-involved shootings on bad parenting, schools and the news media.

    Foothills Area Commander Cliff Saylor’s email from earlier this month also faulted courts, the mental health profession and the men shot for not following orders, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • High court hears Arizona immigration dispute

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court will referee another major clash between the Obama administration and the states, this one over Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. The case could add fuel to the partisan split over tough state immigration laws backed by Republicans but challenged by the administration.

    Like last month’s arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the immigration case is expected to be decided at the end of June.

  • NM Land Office, UNM sign research agreement

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Land Office and the University of New Mexico have signed an agreement that clears the way for sharing information about plant and animal species on state trust lands.

    The memorandum of understand was signed during a ceremony Monday on the university’s campus in Albuquerque.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the agreement will lead to a better understanding of state trust lands as well as better management practices.

  • Gov. Martinez faces heat for helping in senate race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing heat from a few Republicans for throwing her might and her political action committee’s money in a contested GOP primary for a state senate seat in eastern New Mexico.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Martinez is supporting Angie Spears over two other Republicans in a race for the state Senate in a rural, heavily Republican district around Clovis.

    Spears’ two opponents say they do not appreciate Martinez taking a side in a campaign where no Democrats are running.

  • Free legal fair Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Attorneys and other legal providers will be available this Saturday to give free legal information, answer legal questions and offer resource information to all citizens of Guadalupe, Mora and San Miguel Counties.

    Thanks to the efforts of the judges in the 4th Judicial District Court, and many volunteer attorneys from Guadalupe, Mora, San Miguel and Bernalillo counties, a Legal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Kennedy Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University Campus located at National and University.

  • More bullying alleged

    West Las Vegas Middle School Principal Steve Sandoval has been placed on leave as more parents have come forward to report that he has also bullied their children.

    The district’s decision to place Sandoval came after the guardians of a 15-year-old student told the Optic that they had filed a police report against Sandoval for harassing him and violating his right to an education.

    After that story was published, two more parents reached out to the Optic saying that their sons had also been bullied by Sandoval.

  • Fancy Footwork
  • Ex-councilor accused of fraud

    A former Las Vegas city councilor who resigned his elected post in 1994 after he was caught forging checks from San Miguel County is once again facing criminal charges.

    Frank Berged, 44, of Albuquerque and his business partner, Brenda Duggan, 45, of Corrales, have each been charged with five felony counts for allegedly conning an investor. Berged and Duggan have two weeks to surrender themselves to authorities for booking.

  • MainStreet gets $90K for project

    Submitted to the Optic

    MainStreet de Las Vegas has been awarded $90,000 in capital outlay funding for the renovation of the Bridge Street Breezeway.

    Economic Development Cabinet Secretary Jon Barela announced the capital outlay funding on Thursday during the New Mexico Rural Economic Development Forum.

  • Swing-state unemployment down

    By Paul Wiseman
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON  — The improving economy is swinging the pendulum in President Barack Obama’s favor in the 14 states where the presidential election will likely be decided.

    Recent polls have shown Obama gaining an edge over his likely Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, in several so-called swing states — those that are considered up for grabs.