Local News

  • Celebrating Dr. Seuss
  • Tree work at parks criticized

    An effort to prune and remove trees at several city parks hit a speed bump Monday when a local business owner raised concerns about the project.

    Manuel Martinez, who operates Plaza Burger, says some of the trees being removed are perfectly healthy, and he reached out to the mayor who has granted a temporary reprieve for Plaza Park.

    The tree project is being undertaken through a grant and is being done primarily for safety reasons. Pruning and tree removals are planned at Lincoln, Carnegie, Plaza, Keyes and South Pacific parks.

  • Mora officials pleased with $1.5M

    Mora County officials are still waiting to see whether the $1.5 million approved by lawmakers for the stalled courthouse project is going to survive the governor’s veto pen.

    If it does, County Manager Thomas M. Sanchez said, the county expects it will be able to complete work necessary to move some county offices into the now vacant shell.

  • Redistricting to lump House candidates

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The longest-serving member of the New Mexico House will be paired with a fellow Democratic incumbent in a newly consolidated north-central New Mexico district under a redistricting plan ordered Monday by a state district court.

    The latest map ordered by retired State District Judge James Hall meets a deadline set by the state Supreme Court for revamping a redistricting plan he developed last month but that was overturned by the justices.

  • Ribbon-Cutting
  • In Brief - Local News - Feb. 29, 2012

    Optic and wire reports

    Murder suspect death a suicide

    The Albuquerque man who allegedly gunned down his neighbor and then fled to Mora County where he rammed his vehicle into a parked Mora County sheriff’s unit on Feb. 7 committed suicide, according to state police.

    Wesley Brannon, 44, died of a gunshot wound, though authorities initially weren’t sure if he was killed by police or if he committed suicide.

    “It was a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” Lt. Robert McDonald told the Optic.

  • Gov. eyes Sunland Park leadership

    The Associated Press

    SUNLAND PARK — Gov. Susana Martinez’ spokesman says the governor is concerned about the “apparent lack of stable and viable leadership” in a troubled New Mexico border city where two officials are facing extortion charges over a secret lap dance recording of a mayoral candidate.

  • HU foundation to raffle scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will raffle a four-year scholarship as part of the April 21 President’s Gala: Dollars for Scholars.

    Tickets are on sale now for the innovative scholarship fundraiser.

  • In search of coins and other treasure

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas is the next stop on the list for the International Coin Collectors Association’s world tour.  

    During this event at the Holiday Inn Express, the ICCA will be purchasing coins, paper currency, gold and silver on behalf of their network of collectors, dealers and refineries. The event will run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from March 6 through March 9 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 10. It is free and open to the public.

  • Treasurer comments criticized

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Bernalillo County’s treasurer says he will be more mindful of what he says in the workplace after complaints from workers triggered a harassment investigation.

    Patrick Padilla says he was only having fun when he mimicked a Native American accent with one worker and allegedly called others “stupida.”