Local News

  • Area could lose seats in redistricting

    The population declines in San Miguel and Mora counties and its rural neighbors over the last decade are setting the stage for a difficult session for area lawmakers as they head to Santa Fe to redraw legislative boundaries.

    State senate and house districts in this area will need to expand to pick up the necessary population, and there’s even a possibility of area senate and house seats being combined, resulting in a loss of representation in this area.

  • Testimony limited in homicide case

    State Police Agent Paul Chavez will be allowed to testify for the prosecution during Richard Baca’s voluntary manslaughter trial next week. But he won’t be able to testify that the location of one of the casings found at the scene indicates that Baca fired one of the shots while holding the weapon outside his car window.

    District Judge Eugenio Mathis issued his ruling Wednesday after holding an evidentiary hearing on the ejection pattern analysis Chavez used to reach his conclusion.

    Baca is accused of shooting postal carrier Benito Lemos three times.

  • Las Vegan sentenced to 60 months

    A Las Vegas man was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition.

    Charles Richard Lucero, 42, has been in federal custody since his arrest on July 6, 2010.

    Authorities found a Ruger, model P89, 9mm pistol and ammunition on Lucero on Feb. 10, 2010.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press and Optic staff

    Police schedule DWI checkpoints

    New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols in this area for the Labor Day Super Blitz period.

    Multiple enforcement efforts will be under way through Monday.

    The DWI checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols will be held in San Miguel and Mora Counties.

    Hunting season opens in NM

    SANTA FE — Hunting season is back in New Mexico.

  • Bank robber gets 37 months

    The Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to robbing a Wells Fargo Bank earlier this year was sentenced to 37 months in prison on Wednesday.

    Eric Schlenker, 43, will also be on three years of supervised release after he serves his federal prison sentence, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

    Schlenker robbed the Wells Fargo Bank located inside the Albertsons Grocery Store on St. Francis Drive in Santa Fe on Feb. 12.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 2, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Aug. 24 and Aug. 30:

    Lanette Romero, 48, resisting-evading-obstructing an officer
    Joseph Vallejos, 55, bench warrant APO, criminal trespass, dwelling aggravated burglary, shoplifting, larceny  
    Leroy Salazar, 56, battery on household member  
    Clifford Montaño, 38, bench warrant-detainer for MDC  
    Larry Martinez, 56, bench warrant three-day sanction

  • Report calls for different teacher evaluations

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Public Education Department task force recommends that teachers be evaluated based on the achievement of their students.

    The group’s findings were announced Tuesday and the department posted a report on its website.

    The task force says half of the evaluation of some teachers should be based on their contributions to student academic growth as measured by standardized testing. Other assessment factors include observations of the teacher and measures developed by local schools.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 2, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - News Sept. 2, 2011

    Bean Days festivities are this weekend

    Wagon Mound is celebrates Bean Days from Sept. 2 to Sept. 5 Numerous activities are planned including dances, a parade, music in the park, food, kids events and the traditional free beans and barbecue lunch. For more information, visit ww.BeanDay100.com or call 575-666-2697.

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. East wind 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30percent.

    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south 5 mph.  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.