Local News

  • Bear attack reported near Wagon Mound

    Submitted to the Optic

    RATON — Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are still searching for a bear that attacked a 60-year-old man from Missouri who was elk hunting Thursday afternoon west of Wagon Mound.

    The hunter climbed a tree to try to escape the attacking bear, but received bites to his foot through his boot when the bear climbed up after him. He was taken to the Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he was treated and released.

  • Weather - Sept. 16, 2015


    HIGH 84° / LOW 55°
    Sunny, with a high near 84. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    6:44 a.m. to 7:07 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 52°
    Sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    6:45 a.m. to 7:05 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 16

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Sept. 15, 1965 — Five Highlands University tackles on the Cowboys football team weigh 1,340 pounds combined, average 268 pounds apiece and range from 245 to 290 pounds. They are Ronnie McCraig, 285; Mike Elkin, 290; Dwight Ferguson, 245; Bernie Gillespie, 265 and Permon Chavious, 255. They are coached by Bob Wolf.

  • Secretary of state pleads not guilty to fraud

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — One of New Mexico’s highest-ranking officials pleaded not guilty Tuesday to fraud, embezzlement and other charges after being accused of funneling campaign contributions to her personal bank accounts and withdrawing large sums of money at casinos around the state.

    An attorney entered the pleas for two-term Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran in state district court, marking her first public appearance since the charges were leveled in a 64-count complaint more than two weeks ago.

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  • Suicide attempts among NM teens drop

    The Associated Press

    The number of New Mexico teenagers who reported attempting suicide in 2013 has decreased by more than a third from a decade earlier, but the rate of young people in the state who kill themselves still remains above the national average, according to a report from health officials.

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s Youth Risk & Resiliency Survey found that 9.4 percent of high school students reported attempting suicide in 2013, down from 14.5 percent in 2003, reported the Albuquerque Journal Monday.

  • Governor unveils new state energy plan

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Oil and natural gas won’t be the only game in town under a new state energy policy unveiled Monday by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    “New Mexico is one of the most energy-rich and energy-diverse states in the nation, and we have an excellent opportunity to utilize this position to grow our economy and create more jobs,” Martinez said in a statement before detailing elements of the plan during an annual energy summit in southeastern New Mexico.

  • Cruel and Unusual - Animal abuse cases an epidemic in Vegas

    He was rescued just in the nick of time. Hundreds of maggots gnawed away at his emaciated body as Hubble, a pit bull terrier, lay chained outside a home on the 300 block of Union Street.

    The city’s Animal Control officers and Las Vegas police worked into the night on Sept. 1 to secure and execute a warrant to remove Hubble and four other chained and underweight dogs from the property.

  • Gov praises Highlands

    Reforms enacted by New Mexico Highlands University over the last 17 months in an effort to boost graduation rates and get undergraduate students to complete a degree in four years are receiving high praise from Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • On Sept. 11 anniversary, appeals to remember

    By Jennifer Peltz and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Relatives of Sept. 11 victims marked the anniversary of the terror attacks Friday at ground zero with grief, gratitude and appeals to keep the toll front of mind after the passage of 14 years.