Local News

  • Virgin Galactic’s White Knight Two goes through paces at Spaceport

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    It was nothing but clear, blue skies as the sleek, jet-powered plane approached the runway at Spaceport America in southern New Mexico, only to briefly touch down and then thrust off again.

    Over and over again, Virgin Galactic’s WhiteKnightTwo was put through the paces as the pilots, ground crew and mission control specialists checked off some of the numerous ground and air exercises scheduled this week as the team prepares for future commercial space flights.

  • Jail Log April 22, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 12 and April 19:

    Craig Arguello, 22, five-day commitment, bench warrant, LV/Municipal
    Maria Vigil, 25, positive UA
    Chris Trujillo, 32, failure To appear, driving on a suspended- revoked license, bench warrant, Mora
    Joshua Duran, 26, sexual communication with a child
    Lucas Ulibarri, 41, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Benito Chavez, 42, failure to comply with conditions of release

  • East grad rate plummets

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico saw a dip in the number of students who earned diplomas last year, but state education officials said Friday the graduation rate for the class of 2015 is still an improvement over levels reported a few years ago.

    Figures released by the Public Education Department show the statewide graduation rate dropped about 1 percent to 68.6 percent.

  • DA urges students to be safe

    District Attorney Richard Flores is on a mission. Flores, who is in his third term, has been hitting area school districts and organizations with various messages in hopes of reducing crime.

    Flores and Melanie Gallegos, a program administrator in Flores’ office, have delivered roughly 200 presentations throughout San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties over the past two years. The presentations are part of a community outreach program created to educate the public on the dangers of crimes in the area.

  • Free concert slated for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

     Highlands University presents the U.S. Air Force Academy Band in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium.
    Lt. Col. Daniel Price conducts the award-winning U.S. Air Force Academy Band, which is known for the beauty and professionalism of its concerts as well as the musical variety.

  • State GOP extends delegate deadline

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Republican Party of New Mexico is keeping the door open for national delegate applicants amid a push by the Donald Trump campaign to mobilize supporters.

    State party spokesman Tucker Keene announced Monday that consideration will be given for two additional weeks to applicants who missed the April 15 deadline to vie for a delegate seat at the GOP national convention this summer in Cleveland.

  • West board member resigns

    A West Las Vegas School board member has given up the fight to keep his seat. During a lengthy board meeting Thursday evening, Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez resigned from his position ­— six days before the deadline the state Attorney General’s office gave him to resign.

    His resignation comes slightly more than a year after he was sworn into office. The state Attorney General’s office urged Benavidez to resign from his position by April 20.

  • Infestation prompts court closure

    Mora County Magistrate Court shut down at noon on Wednesday and remained closed through Friday due to a small animal infestation below the portable building the court operates out of.

    The stench of urine permeated the air in the modular building, and at least one court employee was getting sick with the odor, according to a local attorney who was at the court on Wednesday.

  • State Police work to change Amber Alert system

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico State Police Department is working to change the way Amber Alerts are issued so officers have more control over what information is broadcast after a child is abducted.

    State Police spokeswoman Elizabeth Armijo said the changes have been in the works for months and are not because of misinformation that was sent during an Amber Alert on Monday, according to The Albuquerque Journal.

  • Changing of the guard

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Top New Mexico high school students are invited to HU Scholars Day at Highlands University April 21 to get a taste of campus life.

    The event is for first-time freshman who received Highlands University scholarship offers, and for their parents.