Local News

  • Rio Rancho exec gets big severance

    The Associated Press

    RIO RANCHO — The retiring Rio Rancho city manager will receive severance pay equivalent to nearly a year’s salary after city council members voted in favor of his transition to retirement.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the majority of city council members voted to pay $144,000 to James Jimenez, who has held the city’s top administrative position since 2008.

  • Jail Log - July 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center July 3-10:
    Lawrence Gagnon, 52, driving under the influence
    Floyd Garcia, 49, Adult Probation Office warrant: curfew violation
    Abigail Aragon, 28, bringing contraband into juvenile detention facility, failure to appear, consuming alcohol
    Juan Gutierrez, 26, driving under the influence
    Paul Aragon, 44, bench warrant: failure to comply with court orders
    Mary Lou Montaño, 59, driving under the influence

  • Bye, bye turbine
  • Highlands offering computer camp for youth next week

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is collaborating with a science education program to host a free computer science camp for local youth on the university’s campus from 1 to 4 p.m. this coming Monday through Friday.

    The camp is presented by Project GUTS: Growing Up and Thinking Scientifically. The Santa Fe Institute is the primary sponsor.

    Students from sixth through 10th grade will learn how to create computerized games using StarLogo and NetLogo programming languages.

  • Interior secretary visits NM to discuss water

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Rethinking water supply and demand along one of the West’s most important river systems is among the recommendations being considered by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and other officials in a report released Wednesday on conservation efforts along the Middle Rio Grande.

    Salazar stopped in Albuquerque to host a town-hall meeting with dozens of state, federal and community leaders to discuss the 180-mile stretch of the river that cuts through central New Mexico.

  • Looking Back - July 13, 2012

    In 1962

    Thursday, July 12 — A break-in at Spic and Span Bakery was reported to City Police this morning by Manuel Benavidez who said that as far as he could tell only some doughnuts and cookies had been taken.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 13, 2012

    Investment fraud seminars to be held next week

    Investment Fraud Seminars will be held at 5:15 p.m. this Monday and at noon on Tuesday, both at the Council Chambers in City Hall. For more information, call Tasha Martinez at 426-3286.

  • Zipline opens in Angel Fire

    Submitted to the Optic

    Angel Fire Resort opened a multi-station Zipline Tour at the summit of the Angel Fire Resort ski mountain last Friday. The Angel Fire Zipline Adventure Tour is the first of its kind in New Mexico.  On the signature segment of the tour, adrenaline seekers will fly 50 stories above the forest floor as they traverse from peak to peak, side by side, on a 1,600-foot tandem zipline.

    The highly anticipated Zipline Tour is giving visitors a reason to make Angel Fire one of their primary stops this summer.

  • NM on verge of repossessing computer

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The administration of New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is on the verge of taking back the state’s $11 million supercomputer known as Encanto from the nonprofit group set up to operate it.

    The administration has told the New Mexico Computing Applications Center it plans to repossess the machine because the group can’t pay its bills or perform necessary upkeep, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 13, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Lake filled with ash and silt
    RUIDOSO — Bonito Lake north of Ruidoso is no longer viable as a drinking water source for the city of Alamogordo after a wildfire filled the body of water with silt and ash.
    The Ruidoso News reports that the lake known as a fishing and camping retreat now has the odor of charred trees and rotting fish in the air.
    Justin King, public works project manager for Ruidoso, says it will take several years of dredging to correct the problems.