Local News

  • Court sets hearing in marijuana ballot case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court is giving speedy consideration to a lawsuit by Santa Fe County seeking to place a nonbinding question over marijuana on the November general election ballot.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 19, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 8 and Sept. 12:
    Ruiz Robert, 39, revoked conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    David Salazar, 50, aggravated battery
    Alen Garcia, 27, battery
    June Trujillo, 45, aggravated battery on household member
    Geneva Perez, 37, battery on household member
    Anna Maestas, 27, disorderly conduct
    Chris Sisneros, 40, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license, no insurance

  • Looking Back - Sept. 16, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 19, 2014

    Highlands Homecoming

    New Mexico Highlands University will host its Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. this Saturday. The game is at 1 p.m. Saturday at Perkins Stadium.  The Highlands Homecoming section begins on B1.

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2014

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 74. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 19, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Plea in fatal DWI crash

    On the day that his trial was to have started, the teen accusing of causing the deaths of two young girls while driving drunk stood up in court and took responsibility for causing those deaths and for injuring another one of his passengers in the early morning hours of April 6, 2013.

  • Vietnam: 50 years later - Local honored for her sacrifice

    La Neel Pierce will never forget the day in April 1969 when she was told her son had died in the Vietnam War.

    Following in his father Ed’s footsteps, her son Lee joined the United States Air Force after college where he studied civil engineering and was active in ROTC. Pierce’s heart shattered when she was informed of her son’s death.

  • New exhibit explores life at Camp Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE — In August 1940, talk of war swirled around Camp Luna near Las Vegas.

    The 1,800 men of New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery Regiment gathered there to train one last time on home soil before heading to the Philippines.

    A photographer was there, capturing images of youth and dedication, young men unaware of the ordeals they soon would face.

    On Sept. 16 through Oct. 12, the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives will mount a special exhibition at the Jean Cocteau Cinema featuring 10 of those images.

  • Most favor higher minimum wage

    The Associated Press

    A majority of likely New Mexico voters favors increasing the state’s current minimum hourly wage of $7.50 an hour, a new Albuquerque Journal poll found.

    The survey conducted for the newspaper found that 68 percent support an increase while one in four — 27 percent oppose a hike, the Albuquerque Journal reported this week.

    Of the overall survey group, 53 percent said the minimum wage should be between $8 and $10, and 12 percent said it should be more than $10.