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Today's News

  • City judge race taking center stage

    With no mayoral race on the ballot for the March 4 election, the typically quiet race for municipal judge is taking center stage.

    In past years, incumbent Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo has sailed into office, easily defeating his challengers. But this year the popular judge is facing stiff competition from Diane Moore, a former city councilor who has also enjoyed success at the polls. Also running in that race is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings.

  • Boy, 12, found dead in New Mexico field

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    LOS LUNAS — A 12-year-old boy’s body was discovered in a vacant lot in central New Mexico, and a teenage friend of the victim is being held on suspicion of murder, authorities said Wednesday.

    Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard told reporters that Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, was found Tuesday in a field west of Los Lunas after his parents reported him missing.

  • $6 billion state budget approved by Legislature

    By Barry Massey and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature crossed the finish line Thursday of a 30-day session that was filled with disputes between Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The House and Senate adjourned at noon Thursday.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 21, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 11 and Feb. 16.

    Richard Baca, 57, six-day commitment
    Anthony Tapia, 28, hold for court
    Aaron Benavidez, 24, drug court violation three-day commitment
    Tommy Abeyta, 50, bench warrant  SM District
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, probation violation: alcohol violation  
    Peter Lovato, 36, tampering with evidence, conspiracy to tamper with evidence, resisting,  evading or obstructing an officer,  bench warrant  SM Magistrate

  • Looking Back - Feb. 21, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, Feb. 19 — John Lawson, who purchased the Castañeda Hotel in 1962, is remodeling it and converting the second floor into two-room furnished apartments. When the conversion is completed during the summer, there will be 21 apartments on the second floor of the hotel. At that time there will be no more overnight accommodations. At the present time there are 15 apartments ready or nearly ready for occupancy, many of them already rented, and some overnight rooms.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 21, 2014

    Shakespeare’s “Tempest”
    United World College-USA’s production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest, 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the school auditorium. The 400-year-old play is about slavery, magic and love. The show is free and open to the public. Parking will be near the Welcome Center on the campus in Montezuma.
     

  • Weather - Feb. 21, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:41 a.m. to 5:49 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Sergeant pleads guilty in death
    LAS CRUCES — An Air Force sergeant in New Mexico has pleaded guilty to negligent child abuse in the death of his infant daughter.
    Prosecutors say 29-year-old Peter John Zayas entered his plea Wednesday in a federal court in Las Cruces.
    He’s been in federal custody since his April 2012 arrest.
    Zayas’ sentencing hearing hasn’t been set yet, but prosecutors say he could be facing up to 18 years in prison.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 21, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Piano Music by Russian Masters will be performed by Ronald Grinage, 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Kennedy Lounge on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets are $5 for general audience and NMHU students with valid ID are free.

  • Noticias - Feb. 21, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.
    • The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service operates from 8 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Rides are provided in the Las Vegas area from liquor establishments to your home, for service call 429-0336.