Local News

  • City going with Google for upgrade

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, the city contracted with Google and SADA Systems to transition to G-Suite, also known as Google Cloud.
    G-Suite offers city government a host of benefits. 99.99 percent uptime, unlimited data storage, video and voice conferencing, a MicroSoft-compatible office suite, and a host of archiving, retrieval and reporting tools.

    Although city email will be hosted by Gmail, the city will retain the current email domain, so email addresses won’t change.

  • In Brief - News - July 5, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Duke City mayor receives safety award
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.  — Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry received an award last week for “excellence in public safety” even though FBI statistics show violent crime in the city is on the rise.

    The Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce’s award will be presented to Berry for several initiatives he launched to help fight crime, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Weather - July 5, 2017


    HIGH 86°/ LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming east in the afternoon.

    5:51 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 88° / LOW 56°
    Sunny, with a high near 88. Thursday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    5:51 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


  • City, county both hear ‘sanctuary’ requests

    What, exactly, is a “sanctuary community”?

    The term, frequently applied to cities, seems to have slightly different meanings around the U.S., as immigrant populations and local opinion on issues vary greatly. Two San Miguel County governing bodies have recently heard from area residents regarding what a “sanctuary status” means to them.

  • Forgotten heroes

    Old Optic newspaper clippings explain Roberto Garcia’s time in war: “Wounded in action,” “Another Las Vegan wounded in Korea,” and “Las Vegan decorated.” His actions during battle displayed his bravery, heroics, and sacrifices while serving his country. Two Purple Hearts, four Bronze Star Medals, the Occupation of Japan Medal, the Distinguished Unit emblem, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal are his collection of awards and decorations for his time in the Army during the Korean War.

  • In Brief - News - July 2, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Western to be filmed in N.M.
    SANTA FE  — A series of feature-length Westerns backed by the Coen Brothers and Annapurna Pictures will begin filming in northern New Mexico in July.

    The New Mexico Film Office says work on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will run through September. More than 180 crew members, 16 actors and hundreds of background talent will be hired for the project.

    Exact filming locations were not immediately disclosed.

  • Trump travel ban now includes fiancés

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has apparently altered its definition of a “bona fide” relationship, adding fiancés of people in the U.S. to its list of people who are exempt from its travel ban from six mainly Muslim nations.

  • Jail Log - July 2, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 23 and June 29:

  • Monuments a point of contention in D.C.

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.

    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously considered irreversible.

  • Weather - July 2, 2017


    HIGH 86°/ LOW 55°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. West wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:49 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.


    HIGH 89° / LOW 54°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Monday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 54.
    5:50 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.