Local News

  • Charter challenge to move ahead

    City Manager Timothy Dodge plans to move forward with the challenge to the new city charter, but he’ll wait until after the election to do it, he announced late Wednesday.

    “As the city manager and the city attorney, we do have a responsibility to act and protect the assets of the organization,” Dodge said during Wednesday’s City Council meeting. “I think that’s one of our first duties.”

    The new charter takes effect 10 days after the election.

  • A life-saving gift

    While many Las Vegas residents celebrated Valentine’s Day with flowers and chocolates, Manuel Armijo and his mother, Patricia Sanchez, were in a hospital 650 miles away giving thanks for the early Valentine’s gift they received.

    Armijo, a 23-year old from Las Vegas who likes to go to the movies, hang out with friends and work out, has been in and out of the hospital since August. Doctors determined that he needed a heart transplant to survive.

  • Legislature finishes contentious session

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawmakers adjourned Thursday in an election-year session dominated by a clash of political wills between Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrats controlling the Legislature.

    Key parts of the first-term governor’s legislative agenda died upon adjournment, including educational initiatives and a proposal to stop New Mexico from issuing driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants.

  • Man with TB enters New Mexico hospital

    The Associated Press

    CLOVIS — A Clovis man who New Mexico health officials were trying to locate because of a serious medical condition has turned himself in.

    The Curry County Sheriff's Office tells The Clovis News Journal 45-year-old Robert J. Gutierrez entered Plains Regional Medical Center Wednesday. The New Mexico Department of Health was granted a temporary order of protection Jan. 27 requiring Gutierrez be isolated at a medical facility.

    Medical officials say Gutierrez was diagnosed with active pulmonary tuberculosis with lung disease.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    In 1935

    Tuesday, Feb. 19 — A discussion of the local water situation and what has been done by members of the Active Boosters club in the interest of securing a municipal plant was held last night at a meeting of members of the club at the city hall. Max Ilfeld, a member of the special water committee, reported that he had received a correspondence from the National municipal Ownership League in answer to a request for advice in the possibilities of a municipally-owned plant.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    Highlands hosting free recital on Sunday

    The New Mexico Highlands University music faculty will present a free recital this Sunday at 3 p.m. featuring contemporary compositions by faculty as well as works by Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Rachmaninoff and more.

  • Weather - Feb. 17, 2012

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. East wind around 5 mph. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming north. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 41. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.


  • FYI - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    Still trying to figure out which mayoral candidate you’ll vote for? The Optic is hosting a forum for all eight mayoral candidates from 6 to 9 p.m. this Monday at the Memorial Middle School auditorium. Come see where each candidate stands on the issues. The forum includes a segment where candidates answer questions from the audience. 

  • Palace founding in question

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Newly discovered documents show that the state’s historic Palace of the Governors might have been built later than originally believed, New Mexico’s state historian said.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that New Mexico State Historian Rick Hendricks said documents show that the nation’s oldest continuously occupied public building may have been constructed around 1618.

    That’s nearly a decade after the 1610 date most thought the building was erected.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 17, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Partnership aims to help women
    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County is partnering with the state Department of Health and University of New Mexico Hospital to clear the way for new services to help pregnant women with drug and alcohol problems.

    County commissioners voted unanimously this week to accept $250,000 from the University of New Mexico to support the Milagro program.