Local News

  • Obama supports gay marriage

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

    The announcement was the first by a sitting president, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney swiftly disagreed with it. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said while campaigning in Oklahoma.

  • Jail Log - May 11, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 30 and May 8:

    Gilbert Garcia, 47, battery, illegal confinement of animals, warrant
    Marcus Vaughn, 29, bench warrant
    Jose Carenas, 27, out of state felony warrant
    Juan Gutierrez, 26, possession of drug paraphernalia, felon in possession of fire arm
    Jeffrey Fernandez, 18, drinking in public, public nuisance, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Miguel Tarango, 52, bench warrant
    George Hentsch, 38, failure to appear

  • East considering 4-day week

    Las Vegas City Schools students might be attending classes next year for four days a week instead of the current five under a new proposal by Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez.

  • Documenting climate change

    Area artist Rebecca Barfoot has an interesting work trip planned for this summer. She plans to spend time in Greenland as part of an artist’s residency program to conduct research for a traveling art exhibit.

    “I spend a lot of time looking for residencies that are unique,” Barfoot said in a recent interview. “I am interested in documenting last places.”

  • Whooping cough claims area infant

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health says a San Miguel County infant has died from whooping cough.

    It’s the first pertussis-related infant death in the state since 2005.

    Health officials say the 2-month-old child died late last week. The name and gender of the infant isn’t immediately available.

  • Watershed games on tap for Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance will be hosting the Gallinas Watershed Olympics  from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the United World College-USA campus. The event is free and open to the public.

    The Gallinas Watershed Olympics has been organized to bring the upper and lower Gallinas communities together to celebrate and honor our watershed.  

  • Looking Back - May 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, May 7 — The county will ask for help in road making. Commissioners wish to complete the Mora and Villanueva highways. Commissioners have asked County Clerk Lorraine Delgado to correspond with the state good road commission and the state engineer relative to the construction of the partially built highway to Mora.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 9, 2012

    Mother’s Day pancake breakfast

    A Mother’s Day pancake breakfast will be held from 8 a.m. to noon this Sunday at the Elks Club on Collins. Mothers eat free. Others pay $5 per person. For more information, call Lorenzo Montoya at 505-270-9200.

  • Weather - May 9, 2012

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 42. South wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 47.  


  • FYI - News - May 9, 2012

    A state district judge on Monday issued a ruling mandating that Rock Ulibarri be placed on the ballot for a Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op trustees position.

    The order forced a postponement of the District 2 co-op election that had been scheduled for this past Tuesday. See Friday’s Optic for a complete story.