Local News

  • 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.”

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 29, 2012

    In 1935

    Saturday, Feb. 23 — A charge of burglary and robbery against Jim Poe has been filed in the office of Judge Luis Armijo by the district attorney’s office. Arrangements are being made for a preliminary hearing. Poe was arrested by members of the sheriff’s office Thursday. He is suspected of being implicated in the Gross-Kelly company robbery, which occurred May 14, 1934, Sheriff Francisco P. Delgado said today.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 29, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., today, Wednesday, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Lama Llama, Mad at Mama” by Anna Dewdney. The theme for the month is “Leap Year Laughter.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Feb. 29, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind around 15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 24.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 17.

    Sunny, with a high near 50.