Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Dec. 2, 2011

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Alcohol not involved in Monday crash

    The Las Vegas Police Department has determined that the teen who crashed into the Las Vegas City Schools administration building on Monday was not intoxicated.

    “It appears from evidence at the scene that the steering mechanism broke and may have contributed to the crash,” Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

  • Company to increase deep well pumping

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico company notified the state it intends to double the amount of water it can pump from 20 proposed deep aquifer wells on a Sandoval County ranch and use the water in Bernalillo and Cibola counties.

    L Bar Energy can pump, treat and use up to 20,000 acre-feet of water a year, equal to about twice what Santa Fe uses in a year. The State Engineer says Santa Fe uses about 10,000 acre-feet.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 2, 2011

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Nov. 22 and Nov. 29:

    Marcos Carrillo, 34, battery on a household member
    Debbie Salazar, 50, mental health hold
    Lonnie Bennett, 48, public nuisance, shoplifting, larceny
    Veronica Jaramillo, 28, failure to appear for trial; DUI
    Andrea Gallegos, 24, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Kathy Bigfeather, 38, battery

  • GOP can access e-mail of legislative consultant

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawyers for Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans can obtain email, notes and other correspondence between lawmakers and a demographer hired by the Legislature to help with redistricting, a New Mexico district court judge ruled Tuesday.

  • Festival of Trees fundraiser is Sunday

    Local businesses and organizations decorated 18 trees for this year’s Festival of Trees to raise money to purchase toys for needy children.
    The public is invited to attend the auction, slated for 3 p.m. this Sunday at the Plaza Hotel’s Ilfeld building.

    Proceeds from the auction will be given to the Rough Rider Biker Rally Committee, which will purchase the children’s gifts. The gift recipients are chosen by the Samaritan House and Big Brothers Big Sisters.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 2, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, Dec. 2 — While driving home late yesterday afternoon from the Hot Springs canyon where they had been skating a party of young people consisting of A.R. Marwick, secretary of the Y.M.C.A.; Leslie Swallow, Misses Addie Merrill, Anna Merrill, Frances Myers and Ethel Musser, were thrown from a wagon when the team attached to the vehicle became frightened and ran away. The accident occurred in the entrance to the park in front of the Montezuma hotel. 

  • Looking Ahead - Dec. 2, 2011

    Nat Gold Players perform Saturday

    A Little Light Music featuring the Nat Gold Players at 3 p.m. this Saturday, Dec. 3, at the First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave.

  • Weather - Dec. 2, 2011

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 34. East wind around 10 mph, becoming south.  Snow showers likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    A 40 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 31. North wind around 10 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 13.


  • Praising troops’ sacrifice

    By Rebecca Santana
    The Associated Press

    CAMP VICTORY, Iraq  — Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday thanked U.S. and Iraqi troops for sacrifices that he said allowed for the end of the nearly nine-year-long war, even as attacks around the country killed 20 people, underscoring the security challenges Iraq still faces.

  • In Brief - National News - Dec. 2, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    3 arrested in pirating case
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — State police have arrested a Providence video store owner and two employees on charges they were selling pirated movies worth $370,000 in what is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in New England since 1996.

    Lt. Michael Winquist said Thursday 37,000 videos in Broad Street Video's inventory were pirated. He says store owner Kevin Duffney and employees John Graham and Sinelly Diaz were arrested on Tuesday.