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Local News

  • County attorney pick criticized

    San Miguel County’s decision to hire an out-of-town law firm to replace its county attorney is drawing sharp criticism from several community members.

    Prior to Tuesday’s Commission vote to hire the Albuquerque-based Stetson Law Office, P.C., at least six members of the public urged commissioners to hire a local attorney.

    “We say shop locally. We should shop locally for our own lawyer...,” said Las Vegas resident Molly Smollett. She told commissioners that we have good people in our community and should shop for talent here.

  • Figures show state economy stabilizing

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    State financial analysts say an expected boost in personal and corporate taxes is helping to offset weak oil and natural gas prices, providing for a more stable revenue outlook for New Mexico.

    The latest estimates show that revenue for the current fiscal year is expected to increase by $136 million to $6.25 billion as compared with a February forecast.

  • Suit: Pedophile priest sent to NM

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A Roman Catholic priest who was repeatedly sent for counseling decades ago over claims he raped boys and stole parish money was kept in ministry then sent to New Mexico where he molested a boy, according to a lawsuit.

  • Jail Log - May 15, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 6 and May 10:
    Brittany Jaramillo, 23, governor’s warrant: assault family/household member; impede breath circulation
    Andres Gallegos, 27,  failure to appear; probation violation: positive UA (meth), bench warrant, LV Municipal/APO
    Albert Lucero, 48, aggravated DWI (3rd offense), failure to register vehicle, no passing zone
    David Sanchez, 35, probation violation: positive UA

  • State regulators reject PNM request for rate hike

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposal by the state’s largest electric utility to raise rates and charge more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.

    The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously during a meeting in Santa Fe. The vote followed a hearing examiner’s recommendation in April that the utility’s application for a 12 percent rate hike be denied over concerns that it was incomplete.

  • Looking Back - May 15, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, May 14 — A five-day plan to stop smoking will be presented Sunday through Thursday at the Baptist Student Center. The plan was developed over the past two and a half years by the medical and ministerial departments of the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination. The sessions will be conducted locally by Dr. Dan Palmer, superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital here.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 15, 2015

    Regents to select president on Monday

    Highlands University regents will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in Kennedy Hall to take action on the selection of a new president.

  • Weather - May 15, 2015

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

  • In Brief - News - May 15, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Actor in show accused of DWI

    SANTA FE — An actor in television show “Longmire” that’s filmed in northern New Mexico has been accused of driving while intoxicated.
    The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Adam Bartley, who plays Deputy Ferguson or “the Ferg” in the crime show, was arrested in Santa Fe last month and released on $2,500 bond.

  • Landowners workshop set

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, the Prizlaff Ranch will host a workshop for private landowners. There will be federal, state, and non-governmental agencies attending the workshop to provide information on conservation easements tax incentives, riparian land management, restoration projects, private landowner’s rights, sustainable thinning of trees and many more conservation programs.