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Today's News

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Sampling a week of small-town news

    And they say nothing ever happens in small towns.

    Take a look at some of the goings-on just last week around New Mexico, gleaned from small-town newspapers across the state.

    Down the in southwestern corner of the state, the Silver City Daily Press reported on how Gary Johnson came riding through town on his bicycle.

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  • Fall from grace: O.J. went from icon to con

    The Associated Press

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — O.J. Simpson’s story represents one of the most dramatic falls from grace in the history of American pop culture.

    A beloved football hero in the 1960s and ‘70s, he transitioned effortlessly to movie star, sports commentator and TV pitchman in the years that followed.

    He kept that role until the 1994 killings of his ex-wife and her friend. A jury acquitted him, but many still believe he carried out the grisly slayings.

  • Juvenile rolls car on airport runway

    A juvenile driver received multiple citations after a taking a car onto a Las Vegas Airport runway and getting into a rollover accident — with an 8-year-old passenger in the car.

    At about 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 12, a 2004 Nissan 4-door drove onto the airport runway, according to Las Vegas Police. The car later flipped, possibly rolling multiple times. The vehicle also struck a concrete barrier, breaking it into pieces, as well as fence, a steel pole and a steel gate.

  • A unique Mora County retreat center is begun by those who develop work skills

    By Jason W. Brooks, Optic Editor

    Getting to Ocate Cliffs isn’t easy. Getting things done at Ocate Cliffs isn’t always easy, either, but that’s usually the point of going there.

    Designed as a new employment model for adults diagnosed with autism and Asperger syndrome, Ocate Cliffs is a nonprofit foundation that utilizes 139 acres on a mesa northwest of the village of Ocate, in northern Mora County.

  • Rape convict to serve time locally

    A Las Vegas man, who faced possible state prison time on a charge of criminal sexual penetration, will instead serve his time in the county’s detention center.

    Francisco Maestas, 23, was sentenced June 29 to one year in San Miguel County Detention Center for a crime to which he pleaded guilty in January. San Miguel District Court Judge Abigail Aragon technically ordered an 18-month state sentence for Maestas, but six months of the sentence are suspended, and will be permitted to serve his sentence at the county jail.

  • Suspects in three murder cases await court dates

    Suspects in three different San Miguel County murder cases are at various stages as their cases move ahead.

    Ruth Rivera of Ribera and Daniel Sullivan of Las Vegas have trials scheduled, while Richard J. Griego of Villanueva does not have a trial date yet, according to court records.

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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 19, 2017

    The Associated Press
    County sheriff recall possible
    PORTALES — A group of residents in eastern New Mexico want to launch efforts aimed at recalling Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker.

    The Eastern New Mexico News reports the group is asking a state district judge to allow them to circulate a recall petition.

    Records show the petition claims “Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ... who oppose him and his policies.”

  • Weather - July 19, 2017

    Wednesday

    HIGH 87°/ LOW 56°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6 a.m. to 8:14 p.m.

    Thursday