Local News

  • Honoring the fallen on Memorial Day
  • Luna to cut nine employees

    Documents released to the Optic last week reveal that Luna Community College notified nine employees in May that their contracts aren’t being renewed.

    Among the employees who received the letters are a current and former San Miguel County commissioners.

    The Optic reported last month that several employees — including Gary Martinez, Luna’s director of trades — had received letters from the college notifying them that they would not have jobs come July 1, the beginning of the new fiscal year.

  • PNM offers help to needy residents

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas residents needing help in paying their electricity bill may receive assistance through PNM’s Assistance Fair, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Salvation Army building, 1743 North Grand Ave.

    The Assistance Fair is part of the PNM Good Neighbor Fund and is open to all PNM customers of all ages. According to a PNM news release, income-qualified residents can receive assistance with a past due PNM electric bill, a $20 Walmart gift card and PNM energy efficiency program information and energy-savings information.

  • NM shows deeply divided Democratic loyalties

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Tapping free WiFi at public libraries and cafes and hawking T-shirts and bumper stickers out of a Santa Fe hemp clothing store, autonomous cells of Bernie Sanders volunteers in New Mexico have been feverishly fundraising and speed-dialing voters for months.

    And they’re not about to give up. Supporters of the Democratic presidential candidate canvassed door-to-door over the Memorial Day weekend, guided by smartphone apps linked to voter databases.

  • State House - District 40


    Barney R. Trujillo

    Email: barneytrujillo@gmail.com

    AGE: 35

    ADDRESS: Box 1028; Chimayó, N.M.

    EDUCATION: St. Michael’s High School;

    Santa Fe, N.M.

    OCCUPATION: Small business owner;marketing Española Public Schools

    EXPERIENCE: Rio Arriba County Commissioner - six years, 2nd term; chairman LANL Coalition of Communities; NMAC Board of Directors; 10 years with the New Mexico State Land Office as a public relations specialist.

  • Highlands, provost to part ways

    A little more than two years after she was hired as New Mexico Highlands University’s provost and vice president of academic affairs, Teresita Aguilar and the university are parting ways.

  • National group chides Alta Vista

    The National Organization for Women delivered a swift rebuke to Alta Vista Regional Hospital earlier this month, criticizing the local hospital for its decision to close its obstetrics unit in March.

    The organization’s Santa Fe regional chapter wrote a scathing letter to Chris Wolf, chief executive officer at the local hospital, expressing the organization’s dismay over the hospital’s decision.  

  • Missing artwork replaced

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    For decades, seven Depression-era murals that lined the lobby walls in Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium were missing one of their own, a blank space on the wall testified to a mysterious missing mural. The series of eight murals is complete again, thanks to a new oil painting by a Highlands student.

  • NM gets $3.3M for legal help

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, — State officials say New Mexico has received $3.3 million to help provide legal assistance to homeowners facing foreclosure.

    The money is from a 2014 settlement with Bank of America and its subsidiaries over mortgage practices.

    Terms of the settlement restrict use of the money to foreclosure prevention legal assistance and community redevelopment.

    In New Mexico, the money will be awarded to legal aid groups based on grant applications.

  • Decision 2016 - Primary Election

    Registered Democrats and Republicans throughout New Mexico will go to the polls on June 7 to pick their nominees for the November general election.

    In San Miguel and Mora Counties, where no Republicans filed to run for open commission, treasurer and clerk positions, the June 7 election is particularly important because the winners in the Democratic primaries are all but guaranteed the posts.