Local News

  • Weather - March 14, 2014

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then scattered rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Correction - March 14, 2014

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic about the runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat listed the incorrect date for that election. The election will be held on April 15.

  • Jail Log - March 14, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 28 and March 11.

    Mark Ludi, 43, PV: admitted to taking suboxone in prison
    Lawrence Valerio, 37, aggravated DWI, resisting evading, failure to report accident
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, bringing in contraband to a place of imprisonment, probation violation: failure to report accident
    Christopher Maes, 21, two counts battery on peace officer, resisting evading or obstructing an officer.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 14, 2014

    CORRECTION - March 17 - 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.

  • Investments up 16.3 percent

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s permanent investment funds recorded a healthy return of nearly 16.3 percent during 2013.
    The State Investment Council says the returns are more than twice its target of 7.5 percent.
    According to the council, the returns benefited from rising stock markets and a strategy of selling high.
    The council says it’s been reducing the overall portfolio’s volatility through improved diversification and an increased focus on income-producing assets such as energy, timber and real estate.

  • Searchers scour gas explosion rubble

    By Verena Dobnik
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Rescuers working amid cold, gusty winds and billowing smoke pulled four additional bodies overnight from the rubble of two Manhattan apartment buildings, as the death toll rose Thursday to at least seven from a gas leak-triggered explosion that reduced the area to a pile of smashed bricks, splinters and mangled metal.

  • Ex-cop also texted in movie theater

    By Tamara Lush
    The Associated Press

    DADE CITY, Fla. — A former police officer accused of killing a man in a movie theater during a dispute over texting had used his own phone to send a message to his son moments before the incident, according to documents released Thursday by Florida prosecutors.

  • Campos reverses course

    Eight months ago  — amid continued deteriorating relations with the board — Luna Community College President Pete Campos announced that he planned to retire when his contract with the school expired on June 30, 2014.

    Then in February, Campos rejected an offer from the school’s board of trustees to stay on an extra year to help get Luna through its accreditation process.

    But with a little more coaxing from some on the board, Campos has changed his mind.

  • Taking the oath
  • Runoff election set for April 15

    The City Council voted unanimously Monday to hold the runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat on April 15 but not before incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron and her supporters accused the mayor and city manager of conspiring with her opponent.