Today's News

  • La Pasada told to issue order

    The state Environment Department’s Drinking Water Bureau advised the La Pasada Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association in San Miguel County to issue a “boil water order” for its water system.

    The state issued the advisory on Monday after bacteriological contamination that exceeded the maximum contaminant level for E. coli was discovered in drinking water. The state requires the La Pasada MDWCA, a water system about 35 miles southeast of Santa Fe, to notify its consumers of the finding.

  • Authorities yet to take action

    State police are continuing their investigation into alleged violent hazing during a Robertson High School football camp last week. And officials aren’t revealing any details about their investigation.

    “It would be nice if things were like ‘CSI’ and everything got figured out in an hour,” said state police Sgt. Andy Tingwall. “The state police are going to have a thorough investigation. It’s important that every step be followed.”

  • Contract would give pay increases

    Officers and dispatchers in the Police Department would get a pay plan that includes increases in salaries under a proposed agreement between the city and a union.

    Entry-level police officers would make $15 an hour, which figures to $32,760 a year. Currently, entry-level officers make $12.30 an hour.

    City Manager Sharon Caballero said the city isn’t allowed to talk about the agreement until both sides have a chance to look it over. She said she expected the council to discuss the proposal behind closed doors.

  • County to seek funds for Tecolote

    The San Miguel County Commission decided last week to seek more federal money so that it can complete the final phase to improve roads and drainage in Tecolote.

    The county tried to seek more funds for that project last year, but the federal government denied that request because the county hadn’t closed out the first phase of the improvements.

    In the first phase, the county spent much of the more than $300,000 on drainage. Officials at the time said that they did so because without such improvements, any road upgrades would be quickly destroyed.

  • Lottery confirms Baca's prize

    On Friday, the New Mexico Lottery confirmed what KFUN’s Joseph Baca has already announced locally: He has become $1 million richer.

  • MONDAY UPDATE: Turmoil at RHS

    In recent times, the Robertson High School football team has become accustomed to winning.

    This year, the Cardinals are facing a scandal that is serving as an earth-shaking distraction — alleged hazing that has prompted a state police investigation.

    When the Robertson High School football team comes out for practice today, it’ll have new coaches — at least for the time being.

  • MONDAY MORNING UPDATE: RHS reeling after alleged football camp hazing

    When the Robertson High School football team comes out for practice Monday, it'll have new coaches — at least for the time being.

    Richard Martinez, a longtime wrestling and middle school football coach for the district, will be taking over as interim head coach, while Pat Garcia, another coach for the district, will assist Martinez, officials said.

  • Fries: Highlands fiscally sound

    New Mexico Highlands University is fiscally sound and is continuing to grow, a top school official said last week.

    “This university is such a rich multicultural mix of people and experiences,” said President Jim Fries at the annual faculty and staff breakfast. “There is a sense of revitalization and stability on campus that is exciting and bodes well for our university’s future.”

    During his talk, Fries gave some highlights for Highlands in the last year and a half:

  • Mayor sets out agenda

    Mayor Tony Marquez on Thursday called the first five months of his time at the helm a “turning point” and vowed to govern with citizen input.

    He spoke during what the city billed as the State of the City address, the first such speech in memory. More than 200, including many local dignitaries, attended the event at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • KFUN's Baca: I won lottery

    This morning, KFUN radio station owner Joseph Baca was reading various items from the community bulletin for his listeners.

    But he was holding back on especially good news in his life: He told the Optic that he won $1 million in the Powerball.

    The 61-year-old said he was planning on claiming the prize today at the New Mexico Lottery headquarters in Albuquerque. New Mexico Lottery spokeswoman Linda Hamlin said her agency doesn’t make an announcement until it’s presented with a ticket.