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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Rains have turned the brown fields green again

    What a treat it is to have our climate change back to what is was like in the old days. Rains in just the nick of time have turned the brown fields green again, and wildflowers have begun to bloom once again. The hummingbirds finally have something other than our sugar water to enjoy.

  • Baca takes judge race

    Fending off a challenge from fellow Las Vegas attorneys Anna Aragon and Suzanne Gaulin, Gerald Baca won convincingly in the Democratic primary for the Fourth Judicial District Division 1 seat on Tuesday.

    Meanwhile, area voters also chose Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño for a general election faceoff with incumbent San Miguel County Magistrate Judge Edward Gallegos, and they gave the nod to probate judge Charli Otero.

  • Ulibarri ousts Ortega

    Challenger Rock Ulibarri succeeded Tuesday in ousting incumbent Ron Ortega from his seat on the San Miguel County Commission in a close race while Commissioner Art Padilla was able to stave off a challenge from challenger Albert Padilla in the District 3 race.

    Ulibarri received 27 more votes than Ortega, walking away with 51 percent of the vote. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place on Friday.

    Art Padilla, meanwhile, garnered nearly 57 percent of the vote to defeat his challenger.

  • East union files grievance

    The Las Vegas City Schools union is up in arms over several teachers and teacher assistants losing their jobs next year.
    The union has filed a grievance with interim Superintendent Lydia Flores, but union officials said they have yet to receive a response from the district despite the deadline having passed for Flores to respond.

  • King will face Martinez

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    Two-term Attorney General Gary King won New Mexico’s Democratic gubernatorial contest Tuesday for the right to challenge Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the general election.

    Martinez, who’s favored to win re-election, is a rising star in GOP circles as the nation’s first female Hispanic governor. The first-term governor had no primary election opponent.

  • Law Enforcement Torch Run
  • Changes may mean higher electric rates

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    New Mexico gets most of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, but new federal guidelines aimed at reducing pollution could mean changes for the state and higher electricity rates for customers, state officials said Monday.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 2, 2014

    The Associated Press
    2 get prison in killings of couple

    Two people convicted in an Arizona prison break and a double homicide in New Mexico have been sentenced to prison.
    Federal prosecutors say 46-year-old Tracy Allen Province was sentenced Monday to five consecutive terms of life imprisonment without the possibility of release.
    They say Casslyn Mae Welch got a 40-year prison sentence.
    Province and the 47-year-old Welch were accused of participating in the plot to carjack and kill a retired Oklahoma couple.

  • Saturday Farmers Market now on Plaza

    Submitted to the Optic
    The Tri County Farmers Market opened Saturday in Plaza Park. People came out to shop for fresh food grown locally and handmade crafts.  There were 23 vendors set up on the grassy area along the South end of the park, and even more vendors are expected in the coming weeks.

    There were farmers supplying greens, roots vegetables, sprouts, honey and eggs.  Some were also selling plant starts such as tomatoes and herbs. There were a variety of craft booths carrying soaps, wood carvings, wind chimes and children’s toys.  

  • Looking Back - June 4, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, June 1 — The 471 residents of Maxwell want their quiet farming town the same as it was four days ago -- before the tornado “which everybody thought would miss us” didn’t. An 85-year-old man died and seven were injured, and estimated damage was more than $300,000. The destruction virtually buried an empty school bus. The body of a man was found under the rubble at his bar in Maxwell, and a Wagon Mound pastor arrived in Maxwell to administer the sacrament of extreme unction to the victim.