Local News

  • District 40: Paula Garcia falls to Sanchez in N.M. House race

    Paula Garcia of Mora was hoping to represent House District 40 in Santa Fe.

    Instead, that role appears it will go to Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde.

    With almost half of District 40's 34 precincts fully reporting in Tuesday's primary election for the Democratic nomination, Garcia had only earned slight more than half as many votes as Sanchez, trailing 2,406 to 1,338. Barney Tujillo of Chimayó, the other candidate, had about 1,000 votes.

  • San Miguel Couty: Garcia ousts Ulibarri as commissioner

    There were some surprises in early returns in San Miguel County races in Tuesday’s primary election.

    Incumbent Rock Ulibarri was ousted by challenger Harold Garcia on Tuesday as he tried to hang on to the San Miguel County Commission District 1 seat he won in 2014. Garcia earned 432 votes to Ulibarri’s 320 in unofficial totals. Marty Sweeney was third with 246 votes.

    Before any of the regular precinct returns or absentee ballots had been counted, Ulibarri held a 115-114 edge in unofficial early-voting results over Garcia, with Sweeney garnering 71.

  • West Schools submit $29m budget to state

    West Las Vegas Schools cut it close in terms of timing, but in terms of spending, there was some room to spare.

    On the heels of some years that involved drastic cuts, West Schools submitted a $29.5 million budget to the Public Education Department on May 31, just a few hours before its deadline.

  • Sullivan to plead in killing of Marquez

    A trial start date of Monday, June 11 had been set for Las Vegas man accused in a July 2016 homicide. 

    However, Daniel Sullivan is still scheduled to be in San Miguel District Court that day — but not for a murder trial.

    Sullivan, 28, is scheduled to enter into a plea agreement with the Fourth District Attorney's office on charges stemming from the July 2016 death of Steven Marquez in a South Pacific Street apartment.

  • Chamber Corner: ECC Solar

    NOTE: This is the second item in a series on members of the Las Vegas / San Miguel Chamber of Commerce businesses.


    One San Miguel County business is about to open a new location and expand a business — in a growing industry many are hoping will continue to expand.

  • Police apprehend two men wanted in Dixon triple homicide

    The Associated Press

    DIXON — Some residents in a small community located near Española say a home where a triple homicide occurred had a reputation as a drug house.

  • Pics of the Past

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has launched an historic photo campaign on social media in celebration of the university’s 125th year anniversary or quasquicentennial.

    Every week, Facebook users can visit the page called “New Mexico Highlands University” to see what new images have been posted. Many of the photos have been scanned from the university’s Southwest Wind yearbooks, ranging from as far back as 1911 and as recently as 1987.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 3, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 23 and May 30, 2018:

  • Girls can!

    Margaret McKinney photo/Highlands University

    Highlands forestry professor Julie Tsatsaros showed fifth-grade girls Yesenia Esquibel, Taylor Quintana and Alexis Pacheco how to conduct a water cycle experiment simulating rainfall and water quality, during an American Associaton of University Women  "Girls Can!" event at Highlands on May 17.

  • Charles Trujillo reaches informal plea agreement

    Charles E. Trujillo would serve no prison time under an agreement discussed in a tentative agreement reached during a recent San Miguel District Court hearing. 

    Trujillo, the former Mora Schools Superintendent, assistant superintendent for Pecos Schools and administrator of a state education licensure bureau, and his attorney, Sam Bregman of Albuquerque, and the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office and Judge Emilio J. Chavez agreed in principle at a May 25 hearing to plea-bargain terms for a series of charges for faking school-administrator credentials.