Local News

  • Funds missing at Northern

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State auditors have confirmed the theft of an estimated $200,000 in funds at Northern New Mexico College in Española.

    Auditors began looking into the matter after financial discrepancies were found.

    They say a high-level employee in the business office has resigned in connection to the missing money.

    Along with stolen cash, checks were not deposited that deprived the college of additional funds.

  • Jail Log - March 3, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 14  and Feb. 28:
    Brant Roybal, 36, bench warrant: failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court
    John Duran, 40, disorderly conduct, concealing identity, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    David Borjas, 42, probation violation: positive urinalysis, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Adult Probation Office
    Santiago Rivera, 21, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - March 3, 2017


    HIGH 59° / LOW 29°
    Sunny, with a high near 59. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Friday night —
    Mostly clear, with a low around 29.
    6:28 a.m. to 5:58 p.m.


    HIGH 64° / LOW 34°
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 10 to 20 mph. Saturday night —mostly clear, with a low around 34.
    6:26 a.m. to 5:59 p.m.


  • Lawmakers counter Trump

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Several countermeasures against directives from President Donald Trump are making their way through New Mexico’s Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    Lawmakers in the House are preparing for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to prohibit state cooperation with federal efforts to extend a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Other pending bills seek to ensure the New Mexico National Guard and state and local law enforcement steer clear of enforcing federal immigration law.

  • New culture, customs, land, language - Refugees share stories

    MONTEZUMA — Just how bad are conditions in places like central Africa, Chad, Syria and Afghanistan?

    Bad enough that some refugees wait, their lives in limbo, for anywhere from 18 months to seven years to reach the U.S. or Canada.

    Fleeing seemingly endless war and strife, threats of violence and political, religious or economic persecution, refugees  often leave their home countries with little more than the clothes on their backs, trading the familiar for a fighting chance in a strange new land with different culture, language and customs.

  • Weather - March 1, 2017


    HIGH 48° / LOW 18°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:30 a.m. to 5:56 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 24°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    6:29 a.m. to 5:57 p.m.


  • Forest use plan in focus Wednesday

    Public input is being sought for the development of a wide-ranging plan to guide land use and protection in the Santa Fe National Forest over the next 10-15 years.

    The first of a series of public meetings is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands’ Victoria D. de Sanchez Teacher Education Center, room 203.

    This round of public meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the plan, including the criteria used to define an eligible wild and scenic river, and provide input to the process.

  • Cultural show Saturday at UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA students from the Middle East and India will present a cultural show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Kluge Auditorium on the UWC campus in Montezuma.

    Through songs, dances and skits, the students will share aspects of their region’s cultures and heritage.

    The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call 426-3373.

  • Plea deal in sexual assaults

    The 76-year-old Las Vegas man accused of forcing three mentally ill women to have sex with him and then paying them with cigarettes and sodas, has taken a plea deal in the case.

    Benjamin Baca, of the 1000 block of Jackson Street, was accused of targeting residents of boarding homes on New Mexico Avenue and Ninth Street. He pleaded guilty earlier this month to three counts of third degree criminal sexual penetration. Each of those counts represents a different woman.

    Baca’s trial had been slated to start on March 14.

  • Fiery extravaganza - Iron Tribe performance pour Thursday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Molten metal flung against a wall will burst into a spectacular display like fireworks  during Highlands University’s Iron Tribe 2017 performance casting event from 6:30 to 8: 30 p.m.  Thursday.

    The iron pour performance is based upon Dashuhua, the ancient Chinese Festival of Lights tradition that is still popular during the Chinese new year. The performance will be in the parking lot at the northwest corner of Seventh Street and Douglas Avenue.