Local News

  • In Brief - New Mexico - May 23, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • New U.S. attorney confirmed

    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Damon Martinez as New Mexico’s next U.S. attorney.
    The Albuquerque native was confirmed by the full Senate by a voice vote.

    Martinez has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001 and supervised the organized crime and gang section in Albuquerque. He has also worked on national security, anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics cases.

  • Jail Log - May 23, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 11 and May 19:
    Jaime Contereas, 27, aggravated DWI
    Sandra Baca, 47, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license
    Wilfred Sanchez, 18, battery, shoplifting
    Catherine Lucero, 49, six-day commitment
    Tracy Fresquez, 33, hold for court
    Robert Wooley, 28, district court warrant: picked up new charges
    Christopher Garcia, 28, probation violation: new charges (driving on suspended revoked license)

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  • Podiatrist joins Alta Vista Hospital staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Silvia Garcia-Lavin, D.P.M., to its hospital’s medical staff and community. Dr.  Garcia-Lavin received a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a residency in Podiatric Surgery at Westchester General Hospital in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Garcia-Lavin is Board certified with the American Board of Multiple Specialty in Podiatry in Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Wounds.

  • Author awarded $100K in records lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    BERNALILLO — A New Mexico court has awarded an author $100,000 in a lawsuit she brought against the Lincoln County sheriff’s officials for wrongfully withholding records related to the death of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid.

    But Gale Cooper of Sandia Park said Tuesday that she’s considering appealing part of the damages that were awarded last week by District Judge George Eichwald in Bernalillo.

    Cooper’s legal battle with the southern New Mexico sheriff’s office started in 2007.

  • Lab says waste containers isolated

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Los Alamos National Laboratory told the state on Wednesday that it has isolated and is closely monitoring nuclear waste on its campus that was packed with a type of cat litter suspected in a radiation leak at the government’s underground nuclear waste dump.

  • Most local races will be decided June 3

    Democrats and Republicans throughout the state will head to the polls on June 3 to select their candidates for the General Election in November.

    But in San Miguel County, where 71 percent of registered voters are Democrats, primary elections have historically taken on added significance, and that’s certainly the case this year.

    The only Republican who filed in a local race is Magistrate Judge Eddy M. Gallegos, who is hoping to hold on to the Division 1 magistrate seat that Gov. Susana Martinez appointed him to last year.

  • Meet the San Miguel County candidates

    Editor’s note: With the primary election set for June 3, it’s time to brush up on the candidates. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all San Miguel County candidates in contested races. What follows are their responses. There are no local contested races in the Republican primary, so the following candidates are all Democrats. A Q&A on the Mora County candidates will be published next week.


    Tomás E Salazar
    Age: 70

  • Parson gets raise, extension

    Anyone who knows Gene Parson knows he is all about the green and gold of West Las Vegas schools. Parson will continue leading his school district for at least two more years as superintendent. He has been awarded a two-year contract and a $15,000 salary increase by the school board.

    “They saw fit that I get a little more,” Parson said in a recent interview. “Hopefully it will make up for all the stress” (that comes with being superintendent.)