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Local News

  • 5 AGs plan trip to Mexico

    The Associated Press
    SACRAMENTO, Calif.  — Attorneys general from five U.S. states plan to visit Mexico for three days starting March 24 to discuss cross-border crimes.

    California Attorney General Kamala Harris’ office said Sunday that she will be joined by Colorado Attorney General John Suthers, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and New Mexico Attorney General Gary King.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Lights out for burglar

    ALBUQUERQUE — A 16-year-old Albuquerque boy is credited with helping stop two burglary suspects by packing quite the punch.
    KOAT-TV reports that Patrick Luna was alerted to a robbery at his sister’s home Wednesday and began inspecting the house.
    The teen told authorities that he noticed another man across the street from the home and went to confront him.

  • Looking Back - March 17, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 17, 2014

    Dia de Los San Patricios event is today
    Rio Gallinas Middle School & Casa de Cultura are hosting an educational celebration for Dia de Los San Patricios from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. today at Plaza park. Event will include poetry, interior monologues, beans, chile, corn beef, cabbage, drinks and fun.

  • Weather - March 17, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - March 17, 2014

    An Associated Press brief that ran in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that Las Vegas native and San Miguel County treasurer Laura Montoya was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery. Montoya was not arrested. She was issued a criminal summons to appear in court.

  • Malaysia asks countries for data

    By Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez
    The Associated Press

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities on Sunday examined a flight simulator that was confiscated from the home of one of the missing jetliner’s pilots and asked governments to divulge sensitive radar data, warning that without it locating the plane in what is now a massive search area might be impossible.

  • Drilling law hits hurdle

    San Miguel County’s own Planning and Zoning Commission is urging county commissioners to slow down on the proposed oil and gas ordinance, effectively saying they don’t feel it is ready for prime time.

  • It’s official - Gov signs Bradner funding

    Water storage capabilities have been a long-running issue in Las Vegas for years. On Tuesday, Gov. Susana Martinez signed a bill appropriating $10 million to increase the storage capacity of Bradner Reservoir. The signing was part of a celebration on at Plaza Park. Martinez said that although the amount falls short of the city’s goal of $16 million, she has a plan for the additional $6 million. The signed bill is an $89 million capital outlay bill to improve the dilapidated drinking water infrastructure throughout the state.

  • Candidates file for June primary

    Barring an unlikely challenge from a third-party, independent or write-in candidate, San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera will sail into office as a magistrate judge, facing no opposition in the June primary or November’s general election.

    Rivera, a Democrat, is the only candidate who filed Tuesday to run for San Miguel County’s Division 2 magistrate post.

    That seat is currently held by Chris Najar, who is retiring when his term ends on Dec. 31.

    The primary election is on June 3, with the general election taking place in November.