Local News

  • Rate hike moving forward

    A divided City Council voted Monday to move forward with Councilman Joey Herrera’s proposal to raise water rates by enough to generate $20.2 million in revenue bonds for major capital improvements.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined with Herrera and Councilman Vince Howell to give the OK to publish the proposed rate hike, a move that sets the stage for a public hearing and final council vote on the increase later this month. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the increase, with Gurule-Giron saying it’s still too high.

  • Remembering 9/11
  • Students punished for East-West brawl

    A dispute between high school students from East and West escalated into a brawl involving nearly a dozen of them at the shooting range two weeks ago.

    The brawl left some students, including football players, with minor injuries and some facing disciplinary action. Dozens of other students apparently flocked to the shooting range to see the fight.

    School officials from both districts say the fight was sparked by a social media internet website.

  • Group hoping to unite area entities

    There’s no question that government entities and community organizations in San Miguel County have a reputation for not working well together, but a recently formed group is trying to change all that in an effort to push economic development forward.

  • University Celebrity
  • Event explores history of Black Berets

    Submitted to the Optic
    An event scheduled for Thursday on the New Mexico Highlands University campus will provide area residents with the opportunity to learn more about the Chicano Movement in New Mexico.  

  • Looking Back - News - Sept. 12, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Firemen battled a fire at a house on 1311 Chavez Street and the adjacent house for over an hour today. The fire was reported just before 11:30 and was across the street from the Old Presbyterian Church. The blaze did extensive damage to the houses occupied by Jose Gallegos and family.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 12, 2012

    Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival

    The Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival begins this Friday with a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Plaza Hotel ballroom. The Saturday concert will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Plaza Park Gazebo. Admission for the dance is $8, but the Saturday concert is free. For more information, call 454-6771. 

  • Weather - Sept. 12, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming northeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.


  • Executives remain on leave

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Finance Authority is keeping two top executives on administrative leave during investigations over a fake financial audit that has led to arrests by state securities regulators.
    The authority’s governing board on Monday met in a private executive session for more than an hour to discuss what to do about CEO Rick May and Chief Operating Officer John Duff, but no action was taken later during a public meeting to change their suspension from last month.