Local News

  • Ruling: All must report child abuse

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday that all residents are required by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect.

    The ruling reverses a 2013 decision by the state Court of Appeals that limited who was required to report such allegations. That previous ruling prompted a proposal being considered by state lawmakers requiring all persons to report suspected abuse and neglect.

  • Legal challenge could halt PARCC testing in NM

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A legal challenge by a Washington-based testing company may halt a controversial assessment exam in New Mexico and could tangle up other states using the same test.

    A Santa Fe judge is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in an appeal by the American Institutes for Research who wants to limit a potentially multi-year contract given to Pearson for Common Core testing.

  • In Brief - News - March 11, 2015

    The Associated Press

    State has $4.5B of unspent funds

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state auditor says there’s $4.5 billion sitting unspent in numerous funds throughout state government.
    Auditor Tim Keller reported on the money, saying it’s important for state officials know where all the dollars are at a time when the state is facing a budget crunch.
    The $4.5 billion is about equal to two-thirds of the proposed next state budget.

  • Looking Back - March 11, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, March 9 — A $200,000 grant from hotel magnate Conrad Hilton will result in a new school and convent at Las Vegas. The Hilton Our Lady of Sorrows School will be built soon by the Sisters of Loretto Order and will accommodate 300 students. The convent will house 11 sisters. Hilton, who served in the New Mexico Legislature, several years ago, donated funds for a school at Socorro, near San Antonio. The Las Vegas school is to be located on New Mexico Avenue.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 11, 2015

    Vegas Business Community Day is Thursday
    Las Vegas Business Community Day; a collaboration between the City and the Las Vegas San Miguel Economic Development Corp. will run from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12 at the City Council Chambers. This will be an Open House for the community to meet City Community Development Department staff and Las Vegas San Miguel EDC staff. There will be a number of presentations, a business registration table (4 to 5 p.m.) and refreshments.

  • Weather - March 11, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. West wind around 5 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36.


  • Special enrollment period announced for insurance

    Submitted to the Optic
    If you’re in the process of filing your 2014 taxes and learn you’re going to be penalized for not having health insurance in 2014, you may qualify for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage for 2015.

  • $2.7M sought for Morphy

    Engineers assessing the stability of Morphy Lake Dam have determined that it is at risk of failing during a major flood event, and if that happens, there is potential for loss of life.

    The analysis — done by AECOM, formerly URS — has prompted the Office of the State Engineer to raise the hazard potential classification for Morphy Lake to a “High Hazard Potential dam.”

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  • Missing woman’s family wants answers

    The last time Lorenzo Flores heard from his daughter was on Dec. 17.

    On that day, 24-year-old Veneranda “Nanda” Flores called from Albuquerque to wish him a happy birthday. Flores asked her whether she was planning to come home for Christmas, and she said she was planning to spend the holiday with her boyfriend’s family in Albuquerque. But she promised to call him on Christmas Eve or Christmas day.

    The Christmas call never came, and Flores and his family have been worried ever since.