Local News

  • Drilling foes lobby County Commission

    After focusing their efforts on getting a community rights ordinance through the City Council, area residents worried about the impact of oil and gas drilling on the environment have now taken their fight to the San Miguel County Commission.

    More than a dozen people showed up at Tuesday’s County Commission meeting to express support for a proposed ordinance that would extend the current moratorium on oil and gas drilling by an additional eight months. But they didn’t stop there.

  • Looking Back - June 15, 2012

    In 1912

    Wednesday, June 12 — (Advertisement) The Jack Johnson-Jim Flynn heavyweight championship bout, scheduled for July 4, expects to draw thousands to Las Vegas. Promoters want “Every man, woman and boy to appear wearing National Woolies, for $15.00. All work guaranteed.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 15, 2012

    Sunrise Kiwanis’ Outdoor Recreation Show

  • Weather - June 15, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. North wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5 to 15 mph becoming north.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.


  • Romero reunion drawing hundreds

    Members of the Romero family whose ancestors played key roles in Las Vegas and New Mexico history have gathered here for the weekend for a reunion celebrating the state’s centennial and honoring the legacy of the couple behind the Romero clan.

    The reunion is expected to draw 200 to 300 people, said Alex Aragon, who helped organize the four-day event that kicked off Thursday.

    Aragon’s wife is a descendant of Jose Miguel Romero y Baca (1798-1880) and Maria Josefa Gregoria Delgado y Baca de Romero (1816-1877), the patriarchs of the clan.

  • In Brief - Local News - June 15, 2012

    Optic staff

    State police investigating death of 50-year-old man

    The state police Criminal Investigations Bureau was called in Wednesday to probe the death of a man found at an apartment complex on Eighth and Mills.

    State Police Lt. Robert McDonald identified the deceased man as Victor Jaramillo, 50. An autopsy was scheduled for Thursday morning to determine the cause of death.

  • State investment funds up $2B

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s investment funds grew by more than $2 billion during the first three months of the year because of strong investment returns.

    The Legislative Finance Committee reports state permanent funds and the pension funds of the Public Employees Retirement Association and the Educational Retirement Board had combined asset values of nearly $36.6 billion at the end of March. That’s up about $279 million from a year ago.

    The PERA had a quarterly return of 8 percent and assets of $12 billion.

  • Jail Log - June 15, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 5 and June 11:
    Steven Montoya, 43, aggravated driving under the influence, driving on a suspended or revoked driver’s license
    Domingo Gonzales Jr., 57, driving on a suspended or revoked license
    Joseph Lussow, 25, bench warrant
    Gary Coca, 39, violation of curfew-Adult Probation Office
    Rick Archuleta, 43, bench warrant: aggravated battery, aggravated assault
    Marcella Martinez, 55, felony warrant: possession of a controlled substance

  • City to allow dog to be leash free

    The Associated Press
    ELEPHANT BUTTE — Supporters of Blue the free-roaming dog have persuaded Elephant Butte officials to allow the animal to continue wandering untethered — within the boundaries of an invisible fence.

    Blue’s attorney, Hilary Noskin, said community members packed City Hall and overflow rooms Wednesday to plead for the dog’s leash-free lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

  • Wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was a part of the landscape.