Local News

  • Jail worker is under investigation

    The San Miguel County Detention Center is wrapping up an investigation into allegations that one of its female employees was having an inappropriate relationship with an inmate, county officials have confirmed.

    The allegations are being made by the wife of that inmate, who was jailed for three months on domestic violence charges. The man was jailed on June 10 and released on Sept. 14 after entering a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • Limited Storage

    Editor’s note: Today, the Optic continues its series on the city’s water problems with a look at the limited storage the city has available. The series will run each Wednesday through Nov. 2.

    Hot temperatures coupled with little to no rain had the entire city worried about running out of drinking water this past summer.

  • Gov. signs capital outlay package

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez has signed into law a measure financing about $86 million worth of capital improvements, ranging from prison upgrades to vehicles for senior citizen centers.

    The capital outlay bill, which contains $7.3 million for improvements at the New Mexico Behaviorial Health Institute in Las Vegas, was approved by the Legislature during a special session that ended last month.

  • Authorities search for admitted killer’s victims

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Police have reopened the unsolved case of an Albuquerque woman missing for 16 years after authorities received new information connected to a man who boasted in writings that he was responsible for around 40 victims.

    Albuquerque police were set to join FBI agents and New Mexico State Police on Tuesday in a search around Elephant Butte Reservoir and nearby caves where they believe David Parker Ray may have buried some of his claimed victims.

  • New Mexico News In Brief - Oct. 12, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Former N.M. soldier buried
    EL PASO, TEXAS  — A former Marine from Albuquerque killed in Afghanistan has been buried in Texas. Marine Staff Sgt. Christopher Diaz was buried with full military honors Monday in El Paso in front of more than 1,000 supporters.

    Veterans, friends of the family and members of military families attended the 27-year-old’s funeral.

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  • Elections change suggested for PRC candidates

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jason Marks says New Mexico’s political parties can play a role in reforming the troubled regulatory agency, which has seen two of its members forced from office since last year.

    Marks wants to change how candidates for the PRC earn a spot on the primary election ballot, and he proposes requiring them to earn the support of party activists at pre-primary nominating conventions. That’s already done for candidates running for statewide offices and Congress.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 12, 2011

    In 1911

    Friday, Oct. 13 — E.G. Murphey of this city has been re-elected as president of the territorial board of pharmacy. The board has completed sessions in Roswell and Albuquerque and Mr. Murphey returned home yesterday. The next session will be held in Santa Fe during the session of the first state legislature. Those who were successful applicants this year for licenses as registered pharmacists are as follows: C.L. Crawford, of Dexter; W.H. Duckworth of Clovis; E.J. Hubbard, of Roswell; J. McChefflin, Artesia...

  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 12, 2011

    Annual enchilada dinner is Thursday

    The 13th annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants will be from from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, at Hillcrest Restaurant. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Tickets may be purchased at the door. For more information, call 425-7763.

  • Weather - Oct. 12, 2011

    Sunny, with a high near 71. North wind around 5 mph, becoming calm. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. South wind around 5 mph, becoming calm.  

    Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Sunny, with a high near 73. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunny, with a high near 75.