Local News

  • Obama wants fair shot for all Americans

    By Donna Cassata
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama delivered an election-year broadside to Republicans: Game on.

    The GOP, from Congress to the campaign trail, signaled it’s ready for the fight.

    In his third State of the Union address, Obama issued a populist call for income equality that echoed the Occupy Wall Street movement. He challenged GOP lawmakers to work with him or move aside so he could use the power of the presidency to produce results for an electorate uncertain whether he deserves another term.

  • License debate intensifies

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and her allies face a tough first test in the Legislature over their proposal to stop New Mexico from granting driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

    The House Labor and Human Resources Committee is to consider the governor’s proposal Thursday and it’s expected to encounter strong opposition at the first hearing on the issue during this year’s legislative session.

  • Horse theft suspect nabbed

    State livestock authorities have arrested and charged a 41-year-old man with being a horse rustler, alleging that he stole 41 horses from people in the Mineral Hill area over the last year.

    Benny A. Padilla, whose address in court documents is listed as Route 1, in Las Vegas is facing 42 criminal charges. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Jan. 13 and ordered released on Jan. 18.

  • Councilman to challenge new charter

    The city campaign season is under way, but questions about the city charter remain unresolved, prompting one city councilor to step forward with a legal challenge.

    Councilman Andrew Feldman sent a letter to Mayor Alfonso Ortiz last week saying he would be willing to serve as a plaintiff in a legal challenge so that the new charter’s legitimacy can be settled in court once and for all.

    “We talked about this over the past year, and nobody ever did anything about it,” Feldman told the Optic Tuesday morning.

  • The campaigning begins
  • Prescription pills land man in jail

    A Mora County Sheriff’s deputy conducting a traffic stop Thursday night arrested the driver after finding prescription pills on him used to make heroin, court documents state.

    Eduardo Gallegos, 24, of Mora, has been charged with possession of a controlled substance, a fourth-degree felony, and with two misdemeanors, driving while intoxicated and possession of drug paraphernalia. He was being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

    Magistrate John Sanchez set his bond at $20,000 cash only.

  • Mora High nominated for award

    The New Mexico Public Education Department has nominated Mora High School and two elementaries for consideration as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

    The national Blue Ribbon Schools Program is aimed at bringing positive attention to schools where students achieve at very high levels or schools that are narrowing the achievement gap.

    “Each nominee demonstrates a strong commitment to student achievement while helping children overcome significant challenges,” PED states in news release.

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  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2012

    Literacy fair is Saturday

    The Fourth Annual Literacy Fair will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. This year’s theme is “Reach for the Stars: Read, Read, Read.” The event is free, and all ages are welcome.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. North wind 5-10 mph becoming southwest. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 26. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50.