Local News

  • BREAKING: Montoya convicted

    UPDATE: A San Miguel County Jury convicted Joseph "Wicked" Montoya of second-degree murder and other charges in the May 18, 2013 slaying of Angel Arroyo. In convicting Montoya of second-degree murder jurors opted not to convict him of the more serious charge of first-degree murder. For more on the verdict pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • Final debate for Martinez, King

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE— Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic hopeful Attorney General Gary King stuck to their talking points Sunday evening, offering no surprises about where they stood on the key issues facing New Mexico while they traded jabs during their final televised debate.

    Martinez referred to King as a politician who has supported tax hikes in the past and would likely do so again. He said she wasn’t being truthful with New Mexicans and hasn’t done enough to turn the state around.

  • Early voting
  • Warden given new contract

    The man who has overseen the San Miguel County Detention center for the last decade will remain in that role another two years under the terms of a contract approved unanimously by the Commission last week.

    Warden Patrick Snedeker’s new contract comes with an annual salary of $75,943, which is a 6 percent increase from the salary listed in the contract the Commission approved for him in 2012.

    Several commissioners praised Snedeker for his management of the jail, saying that the way he operates the facility reduces the county’s liability.

  • Imus’ Ribera-area ranch up for sale

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A northern New Mexico cattle ranch belonging to radio personality Don Imus is on the market for $32 million.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the 2,400-acre ranch near the small community of Ribera and about 45 miles east of Santa Fe has been used to benefit children afflicted by cancer.

    The 74-year-old Imus says he is selling the property to support charitable foundations with the sale proceeds.

    He says he hopes to sell the ranch to a group interested in continuing the goal of benefiting kids.

  • CDC releases revised Ebola gear guidelines

    By Mike Stobbe and Emily Schmall
    The Associated Press

    ATLANTA — Federal health officials on Monday issued new guidelines to promote head-to-toe protection for health workers treating Ebola patients.

    Officials have been scrambling to come up with new advice for protective gear since two Dallas nurses became infected while caring for the first person diagnosed with the virus in the United States.

  • Care provider needs funding increase

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A company providing some behavioral health services in New Mexico following a shake-up of the state’s network says it is losing money and needs to be paid more if it is to stay afloat.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 22, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Oct. 22 — Charlie The Clown, a popular performer with King Brothers Circus, will be featured Saturday and Sunday at the Fort Union Drive-In Theater. He has been with the circus since 1929 and makes several charitable appearances yearly. He anticipates appearing at the New Mexico State Hospital while in Las Vegas. He is really C.W.Smith, a native of Miles City, Mont.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 22, 2014

    Flu shot clinic
    New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host a flu shot clinic from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Oct. 22 at the Senior Center in San Miguel on State Road 3. There is no charge, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare. For more information, call the San Miguel Public Health Office at (505) 425-9368.

  • Weather - Oct. 22, 2014

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers at night. Mostly clear, with a low around 42. South wind around 5 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Sunny, with a high near 72. Northwest wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Sunny, with a high near 76. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 43.