Local News

  • Correction - Sept. 8, 2014

    The David Austin listed in the Aug. 29 jail log is not David Austin Senior. The David Austin who was incarcerated is 18. The Optic printed an incorrect age for him in the jail log.

  • Farmers market staying at Plaza

    Tri-County Farmers Market announced on radio Wednesday that the farmers market would move its Saturday selling location back to Sixth Street and University.

    Not so fast.

    Jarrod Phillips, manager of the farmers market, said Thursday that the market will remain at the Plaza Park on Saturdays for the remainder of the season.

    Phillips said the regular market vendors are unhappy because they don’t feel the city has lived up to its agreement. The market moved Saturday’s location to Plaza Park earlier this year.

  • Hail delays raspberry crop - Let the raspberry picking begin

    Summer’s quickly drawing to a close, which typically means that it’s prime raspberry-picking time at the Salman Ranch. This year, the berries are a little later than usual due to a hailstorm that struck the area in mid-July.

    But don’t worry. Lawrence Espinoza, a ranch worker who oversees the raspberry farm, said he expects to have plenty of the juicy red berries that make scrumptious jelly, topping and syrup.

  • Two facing meth charges in Mora

    Mora County sheriff officers executing a bench warrant at a house in Rainsville ended up arresting two individuals after finding methamphetamine and other drugs inside the residence.

    Jasmine M. Rodriguez, 29, has been charged with a single count of possession of methamphetamine, a fourth-degree felony.

  • Vegas man found dead on I-25

    A Las Vegas man was found dead inside his vehicle along Interstate 25 in Sandoval County Wednesday afternoon, and now the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out how he died and who dialed 911 from the man’s cellphone to report the death.

    Sandoval County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Elder identified the man as 62-year-old Marc Conkle. He said deputies saw no obvious cause of death.

    Conkle’s family was notified Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 5, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Sept. 3 — Fidel C. Gonzales, mayor of West Las Vegas, spoke on gas, the new housing project and the sewer plant of his town, when he appeared before Rotary Tuesday noon. The mayor said that he expects better than 400 gas meters in service the first year in West Las Vegas and also projected a figure of better than 600 the second year. “We have hired 20 additional people to assist with the gas system, the mayor said.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 5, 2014

    Land Grant board to meet

    The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Tecolote Community Center in Tecolote. Heirs are urged to attend. For more information, call secretary/treasurer, Louis Martinez at 575-421-5003

  • Weather - Sept. 5, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • Correction - Sept. 5, 2014

    A caption in the photo page of the Aug. 29 edition of the Optic incorrectly stated that a raffle was being conducted by the Friends of Carnegie Library. However, the raffle for a blanket was conducted independently, not in connection with the Friends.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State sees drop in overdose deaths
    State health officials say New Mexico’s rate of drug overdose deaths has now dropped a second year in a row.

    The Department of Health reports that there were 449 overdose deaths in 2013 for a rate of just under 22 deaths per 100,000 population. That compares with 521 deaths and a rate of just under 26 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

    The department says the 2013 rate is the lowest since 2009 and that the two-year drop was the first since 1990.