Local News

  • Gov to add ethics to agenda

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A battle is brewing among House Democratic leaders and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez over what ethics and campaign finance reform bills should be added to the agenda for New Mexico’s upcoming legislative session.

    Martinez announced late Tuesday that she would add several ethics bills to the agenda, including one that would require legislators to disclose outside sources of income to protect against conflicts of interest.

  • Highlands soliciting alumni love stories

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    If you met the love of your life at Highlands, the university’s Alumni Office wants to know your story.

    The love stories are being collected for the Feb. 11 “Highlands Loves Alumni” Valentine’s event, a festive and free evening of music, food and fun from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the university’s Student Union Ballroom at 800 National Ave.

  • City poised to award contract for Riverwalk trail

    The city is moving forward with its plans to develop yet another portion of the Riverwalk.

    The latest project would complete the pedestrian-bicycle trail from Jackson to Independence, and it would bring that portion of the trail into compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

    The project calls for a paved, 10-foot-wide trail, lighting and amenities like trash receptacles. The contractor will also address drainage issues along that portion of the trail.

  • New Mexico to sue EPA over mine spill

    By Russell Contreras
    and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico plans to sue the federal government and the owners of two Colorado mines that were the source of a massive spill last year that contaminated rivers in three Western states, officials said Thursday.

    The New Mexico Environment Department said it filed a notice of its intention to sue the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over the spill. The lawsuit would be a first and also would target the state of Colorado and the owners of the Gold King and Sunnyside Mines.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 5 and Jan. 12:
    Noella Benavidez, 43, 24-day commitment
    Gerald Saiz, 36, battery on a household member
    Elena Gallegos, 31, abuse of a child, bench warrant, Mora
    Maria Vigil, 25, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, tampering with evidence, trafficking methamphetamines, striking fixtures on roadway, failure to render aid, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate

  • Syrian activist to hold presentation at college

    Submitted to the Optic

    Syrian activist Alaa Basatneh will hold a presentation on her work as part the United World College-USA Global Issues. She is featured in multiple award-winning documentary, #ChicagoGirl. The film has aired in more than 40 countries including Al Jazeera and ABC/Univision’s Fusion Network. Her presentation will take place at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in the college’s auditorium.

  • Vegas praised as ‘natural’ for film

    Las Vegas has had numerous cameos on television. On Saturday, the film union will visit Luna Community College for a “Longmire Loves Las Vegas Day.”

    Jon Hendry of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Local 480 said the main objective of the event is to get people jobs.

    “We are bringing in lots of fun stuff and giving away things, but most importantly we are getting people jobs,” Hendry said in a telephone interview.

  • Search on for suspect in robbery attempt

    Las Vegas Optic

    The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying an individual who brandished a handgun in a failed attempt to rob a local bank last week.

    According to the FBI, the individual entered the walk-in area of Community 1st Bank Motor Branch at 518 Douglas Avenue at 4:55 p.m. on Thursday.

    “The suspect tapped on the protective glass with a handgun, but left without any money and might have fled in a vehicle parked nearby,” the FBI said in a news release.

  • NM may put state pay raises on hold

    By Morgan Lee

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers warned Friday that state pay raises may have to be put on hold because of low energy prices and weaker-than-expected tax revenues.

    Funding for education, Medicaid and public safety would grow the most under a legislative budget plan that calls for an additional $230.7 million in spending over the previous year, a 3.7 percent rise.

    Of that increase, nearly $78 million is intended for pay raises, primarily for school teachers.

  • Pecos Wilderness expansion plan draws opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to fold thousands of acres into the Pecos Wilderness area northwest of Santa Fe is drawing resistance from nearby residents.

    A group of people living in and around the village of Peñasco, which is near forest involved in the proposed expansion, have been strongly opposed to the idea, the Albuquerque Journal reported.