Local News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Las Conchas fire has burned 146,000 acres

    The Las Conchas fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned 146,353 acres and is 45 percent contained, fire officials announced Sunday.

    The fire has destroyed 63 homes and 44 outbuildings.

    The human-caused blaze started on June 26.

    Wallow fire now fully contained

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — The biggest wildfire in Arizona history is now fully contained.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Saturday, July 8 — That there is much cause for hope that statehood will be granted New Mexico during the present extra session of congress is the statement of ex-Governor George Curry and Charlie A. Spiess, who have just returned from Washington where they worked energetically and conscientiously for the admission of this territory into the Union. Both men state ... that the Flood resolution, as amended by the senate committee on territories, will meet the approval of the people of New Mexico...

  • Looking Ahead - News July 11, 2011

    County commission to meet Tuesday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers, county courthouse, 2nd Floor, 500 West National Ave., Suite 200.

  • Weather - July 11, 2011

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.


  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • County mulls trash changes

    San Miguel County’s solid waste operation costs about $200,000 more a year than it takes in from user fees.

    That’s one of the factors that has prompted the county to rethink how it handles solid waste operations.

  • Not Forgotten

    Jesse Griego was 20 when he died in a battle north of Da Nang in Vietnam 43 years ago this month.

    Although the Marine died at a young age nearly four decades ago, his legacy lives on in Vietnam, where a kindergarten school bears his name.

    Now an effort is under way to name the Valley Elementary and Middle School gymnasium in Ribera in Griego’s honor.

    “He was the first soldier from that area to die for his country in Vietnam,” Albert Gallegos, a childhood friend of Griego’s said this week.

  • Remembering the day Jesse died

    By Jim Lewis
    For the Optic

    July 16, 1968, was a hot, yellow-tinted day.

    Our sweat-soaked bodies were caked with dust. We were all the same color; only the whites of our eyes showed any contrast.

    We were moving to Hill 88 to set a base camp. Once there, supplies and water would be helicoptered into our position. After humping up the 88 feet (hills were named by the height they were above sea level), I sat down alone in the hot sun. In front of me were other members of 1st Platoon.

  • DWI arrests made

    State police arrested three alleged repeat drunk driving offenders in recent days, including a man who had children with him when he was arrested, and a woman who wrecked her car outside city limits.

    Jessie E. Romero, 53, who lives on Old Highway 85, was arrested Monday and charged with DWI, sixth offense, a third-degree felony; driving with a suspended or revoked license, a misdemeanor; and three counts of abuse of a child, third-degree felonies.

    Romero, who was driving a red Chevy passenger car, was stopped on Grand  because his tail lamps were out.

  • King pulls out of job searches

    Former Robertson High School principal Eddie King withdrew all his applications for several positions at Las Vegas City Schools earlier this week.

    The district, meanwhile, was still conducting interviews for administrative positions this week, according to interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez. She had previously said that she hoped to fill those jobs by June 30.