Local News

  • Murder trial under way

    The prosecution and defense in the Joseph “Wicked” Montoya murder trial agreed on a great deal during their opening statements to the jury on Wednesday.

  • Colors of Fall
  • Mora continues drilling ban

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Mora County commissioners voted to continue an oil and gas drilling ban that has triggered lawsuits from the industry while gaining the support of residents concerned about pollution.

    The ban adopted in an April 2013 ordinance made the northern New Mexico county the first in the nation to permanently prohibit drilling.

    Two commissioners recently said they planned to repeal the ordinance. But only one reversed his position Tuesday, making the 2-1 vote favoring the ban a surprise.

  • San Miguel finalizing its drilling ordinance

    Four years after San Miguel County began actively working on developing regulations for oil and gas drilling within its boundaries, the Commission is close to reaching the finish line.

  • HU to award 200 teacher scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two hundred teachers will receive tuition and textbook scholarships to pursue online master’s degrees in education at Highlands University, thanks to a new $2.1 million grant from the United States Department of Education.

    The 5-year grant funds new online graduate degrees at Highlands in curriculum and instruction, special education, or rehabilitation counseling. The grant also funds three new School of Education faculty and other staff.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 17, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 7 and Oct. 14:

    Maximilian Bond, 28, stalking, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joseph Montoya, 33, hold for court
    Joseph Rue, 19, aggravated battery, failure to pay, bench warrant,  SM Magistrate/Lincoln County Magistrate
    David Sanchez, 34, aggravated stalking, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Thomas Romero, 55, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to stop, no insurance, no registration, false or improper use of registration

  • Gov spends $1.9 million on re-election

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent nine times more than Democratic challenger Gary King during the past month as she flooded the airwaves with hard-hitting television campaign ads, according to fundraising reports filed Tuesday.

    Martinez retains a hefty advantage in campaign cash over King with Election Day looming only a few weeks away.

    The incumbent reported cash-on-hand of $2.7 million as of last week, while King had $123,651.

  • Area man wins ATV in raffle

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past Saturday was a lucky day for Anton Chico resident John Gonzales when candidate for U.S. Congress Jeff Byrd handed over the keys to a shiny blue 2014 Polaris 550 Touring ATV.

    Gonzales was accompanied by family, including his wife and graddaughter (pictured) when Byrd and campaign consultant and chairman of the county GOP, Rey Herrera, presented him with his prize.

  • GOP group raises $400K for state house races

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Republican group has raised $400,200 in the past month to aid the GOP’s bid to gain control of the New Mexico House for the first time in more than a half century.

    Advance New Mexico Now and a Democratic group, Patriot Majority New Mexico, have been pouring money into legislative races that will determine which party controls the 70-member House. The GOP needs to pick up three seats to win control of the chamber

  • Balderas holds money edge in AG race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — With the election less than a month away, Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 8-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in New Mexico’s race for attorney general.

    Balderas spent nearly $334,825 in the past month, with three-fourths of it for television advertising, according to the latest campaign finance reports.