Local News

  • Lottery revenue for scholarships drops

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Lottery generated $40.9 million in the most recent budget year for a popular college scholarship program but the revenue is down about 6 percent because of a slump in ticket sales.

    The revenue dip won’t affect scholarship awards in the fall semester for students at New Mexico’s public colleges and universities, Enrique Knell, a spokesman for Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 22, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 22, 2014

    People’s Faire Saturday
    The annual People’s Faire will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Carnegie Park. The event will run in conjunction with an open house commemorating the 110th birthday of the library. The faire will feature arts and crafts, booths and live musical entertainment.

  • Weather - Aug. 22, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54.

  • Treasure hunt fundraiser set for Sunday morning

    Submitted to the Optic

    A “video treasure hunt” fundraiser for the nursing scholarship fund at Luna Community College has drawn some big-time support.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 22, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Lawyers claim ‘vendetta’

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Lawyers for the indicted Rio Arriba Country sheriff are accusing the federal prosecutor of misconduct, saying he has a vendetta against their client and threatened him with arrest during a heated May meeting over U.S. Forest Service patrols in northern New Mexico.

  • Our Lady of Sorrows sued

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been hit with four more lawsuits by men alleging they were sexually abused by priests as children, and one of those lawsuits also names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant.

    The lawsuit naming Our Lady of Sorrows was filed Monday in state District Court in Albuquerque. Among other things, the suit alleges that the archdiocese empowered priests to abuse children by its handling of pedophile priests and by clinging to secrecy in order to protect them and itself from scandal.

  • Tossed syringes pose hazard

    Several dozen used syringes were discarded by the side of the road near Porkchop Hill, and they appear to have been there for quite some time. Also discarded nearby is other unsightly trash and even a couch.

    The area along county road A14A — a dirt road connecting N.M. 518 to 8th Street Extension, just north of Las Vegas — has become a favorite spot for illegal dumping. County officials say their crews are having to remove trash from the road’s right-of-way at least every two months.

  • Hackers access patient data

    The Associated Press and Optic staff

    Hospital operator Community Health Systems, which operates Alta Vista Regional Hospital and five others hospitals in New Mexico, said a cyberattack took information on more than 4 million patients from its computer network earlier this year.