Local News

  • Judge: Vehicle seizure unconstitutional

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — A federal judge has found the vehicle seizure program operated in Albuquerque to be unconstitutional.

    A lawsuit was filed against the city over the program.

  • Police apprehend three men after investigation

    Three men were recently jailed on drugs and weapons charges after a two-month investigation by the Region IV Narcotics Task Force. 

    According to a news release, Arturo Yara, 62; Jeffrey Berchiatti, 30; and Isaac Maestas, 43, were all arrested recently as the result of an investigation that took up about all of June and July.

    The investigation led to the need for search warrants that specifically targeted the three men who were later arrested. Evidence showed the three were involved with trafficking illegal narcotics into San Miguel County.

  • County Fair set to begin Wednesday

    It's almost time for swine.

    And goats. And horses. And watermelon.

    The 45th annual San Miguel / Mora County Fair is set to take place at the San Miguel County Fairgrounds, located on New Mexico Highway 65, between Las Vegas and Montezuma, Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 8 through Aug. 11. 

    Many of today's most successful New Mexico farmers and ranchers got their start by performing well at a county fair.

  • No confirmations at special Council meeting

    At a special Tuesday evening organizational meeting that was supposed to happen directly after the April runoff election, neither of the potential appointments to city offices on the agenda were confirmed.

  • Fun with bikes

    There was fun of all types at last weekend’s 13th annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally.

  • Game of pool leads to battery charge against Pecos man

    A Pecos man was recently arrested at his place of employment and booked into the San Miguel County Detention center on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery.

    A man with a broken nose called New Mexico State Police to a house in La Cienega on June 26. His face was swollen and he had five stitches on his nose. He told police his injuries were the result of being punched in the face the previous evening.

    Police later arrested Daniel James Roybal, 35, of Pecos and charged him with aggravated battery, after the man with the broken nose identified Roybal by name.

  • Libertarian Senate hopeful quits as Gary Johnson eyes making a run

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Libertarian candidate for U.S. Senate announced Monday that he is quitting the race, opening the door for former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson and creating uncertainty in a race that Democrats considered safe.

    In a statement, Aubrey Dunn said he wanted to focus on his job as state land commissioner and that a water crisis in southeastern New Mexico demanded his attention.

  • Trujillo could get hearing in September

    According to the New Mexico Public Education Department, there are still more steps in the process of determining if one local educator has a valid administrator's license.

    In a response to a recent Optic inquiry, Beverly Friedman of the PED explained Thomas Paul Trujillo was scheduled to have a hearing in June regarding his license, but that hearing will be rescheduled. No explanation was given.

  • New Luna Trustee: not a convicted felon

    A replacement for a recently resigned Luna Community College Board of Trustees was approved by the rest of the Board last week, after a brief interview process.

    After ironing out whether Mark Dominguez was eligible to apply for the District 2 Trustee position vacated when Mike Adams resigned from the normally elected position in April, the other six Trustees chose Dominguez over three other candidates to represent District 2 on the board at a July 25 meeting.

  • New Optic reporter brings in multiple types of writing experience

    It would be tough to count up the total number of reporters who've worked for the Optic since the newspaper began in 1879. 

    The latest person to join the list of those reporters brings with him a wealth of different types of writing experience. Ryan Lowery was hired as an Optic reporter in early July, handling pre-K-12 education and health care as his primary beats, along with many other general assignment duties and all of our La Gente page items, including Qué Pasa and obituaries.