Today's News

  • Weather - May 22, 2015

    A chance of rain before noon, then isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy, with a south wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

  • Jail Log - May 22, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, May 11-14:
    David Leyba, 33, probation violation: positive for alcohol (seven-day sanction)
    Sage Gallegos, 23, drug court violation: positive for alcohol (seven-day sanction)
    Jeffrey Sanchez, 25, probation violation: failure to report, failure to obtain a travel permit
    Matthew Quimby, 52, six-day commitment
    Larry Vigal, 30, parole violation: absconding
    Michael Pacheco, 46, seven-day commitment

  • Vote on HU president delayed, again

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have once again postponed a vote on the institution’s new president.

    The board met behind closed doors on Monday to select a new president, but when board members emerged from executive session they announced that a vote wouldn’t be taken until after contract negotiations took place.

    Regent Chairman Leveo Sanchez and Regent Frank Marchi were given authority to negotiate with the regents’ top pick.

  • Area biker rally comes week after shooting

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A motorcycle gang shootout in Texas that left nine people dead and 18 others wounded has put law enforcement agencies on alert for an annual motorcycle gathering in northern New Mexico.

    Authorities say they have heightened awareness for the Memorial Day Motorcycle Rally in Red River that is expected to attract 20,000 bikers, though spillover violence isn’t expected.

  • New strain of rabies found

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new strain of rabies has been discovered in southern New Mexico, federal and state health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    While it doesn’t present any more of a public health threat than the known strains of the potentially fatal disease, the discovery is generating curiosity in scientific circles because it’s the first new strain to be found in the United States in several years.

  • Ranchers, farmers sue over habitat

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The setting aside of hundreds of square miles in New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar was an “unlawful, arbitrary and capricious” action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says.

  • In Brief - News - May 22, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • Dear Teacher - May 22

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: The teacher says that my daughter in third grade definitely has ADHD because she is awfully restless. How can I make sure my kid has ADHD? —­ Puzzled Parent

  • Students of the month - May 22
  • Lujan third in graduating class

    Submitted to the Optic

    Joshua Lujan was born in Albuquerque and is the son of Maj. William Lujan and Janet Lujan, both of Las Vegas.

    Joshua is currently ranked third in his graduating class and will be graduating with honors in June in San Antonio, Texas.

    He is the grandson of Mary Louise Lujan and the late Armando (Mande) Lujan and grandson of Marie Torres and the late Roman (Ray) Torres, all of Las Vegas.