Local News

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Dec. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Medicaid payments sought

    SANTA FE — Low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico may soon have to pay more for certain brand-name drugs or if they visit the emergency room to receive routine medical care, under a reform plan submitted Wednesday to federal regulators.

  • The Nation In Brief, Dec. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Franken resigns from Senate

  • SoloWorks program has its first graduates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Three SoloWorks Program students had the personal drive and motivation to complete 140 hours of customer service, business skills and career development training during the first SoloWorks Program training.

    “I’m so proud of these students. They have worked very hard in preparing themselves to work at home as customer service representatives. This is evidenced by the interviews they are getting from companies interested in hiring them, said SoloWorks Program Director, Marena Drlik.

  • Reward offered in search for missing man

    Family and friends and law enforcement are still hoping a lifelong resident in the area turns up safe. Johnny Garcia, 42, was last seen on or about Friday, Oct. 6, along NM 518 in the Sapello area.

    He was dropped off by a friend, but has not been spotted anywhere, and police, family and friends don’t have many clues about his disappearance.

  • Holiday fun

    Theresa Wesner photos

    Holiday magic was found in Las Vegas over the weekend. Not only did a Special Olympics group and the Robertson High School marching band light up Bridge Street and other thoroughfares during the Electric Light Parade, but Santa also made an appearance, as young Chase Coca discovered.

  • Relocated shelter helps protect many from cold

    Imagine freezing cold numbing your face, your ears, and fingers. This week, that’s probably easy to visualize.

    If the wind churns up in the frosty morning air, you sense you need more cover than the clothes you’re clutching against your body. If you’re living on the streets, or in your vehicle, the cold is more than a topic of conversation.

  • The Nation In Brief, Dec. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Tribes oppose Trump monument reductions

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Padilla withdraws from Lt. Gov. race

    SANTA FE — A rising figure in the Democratic Party has dropped out of the race for lieutenant governor in New Mexico, amid renewed concerns about decade-old complaints of sexual harassment at a previous job.

  • Man charged with DWI, hitting parked cars at NMHU

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    An Albuquerque man was recently arrested on several charges after police say he hit parked cars at Highlands University while driving intoxicated and later punched an officer in the groin.

  • San Juan man charged with assault, child abuse

    A recent call to the New Mexico State Police resulted in officers finding a suspect, who only has one leg, lying on his back, in an arroyo.

    At about 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 12, police were called to a home located near County Road B41A and Camino Montoya in San Juan, near the Pecos River Cliff House, for a a domestic dispute in progress. Two State Police officers and one sergeant responded to the call and ended up arresting Anthony J. Benavidez, 49, of San Juan.