Local News

  • County agrees to pay $70K

    San Miguel County has agreed to pay nearly $70,000 in back pay to eight current and former detention officers to settle a lawsuit alleging that the officers weren’t paid for overtime worked or compensated for being on-call.

    The settlement was reached last week during a nearly four-hour settlement conference in federal court.

    While the county has agreed to a monetary settlement to end the lawsuit, County Manager Les Montoya said the county isn’t admitting to any wrongdoing.

  • His final journey - Cancer victim ‘role model,’ ‘great dad’

    Greg Griego was born into this world on Valentine’s Day, in 1982, and that’s fitting because of how he lived his life.

    He demonstrated his love for his daughter, his family, and his colleagues by being a good listener who inspired many. He was his mother’s best friend, his brothers’ role model, and the best dad he could be to his princess, Jaelynn.

    On Monday, Griego succumbed to brain cancer – just seven months after doctors told him he had the illness.

  • CYFD facing tough questions

    Two Las Vegas children who were the subject of an Amber Alert are back in CYFD custody after they were located with their mother late Tuesday in Alamosa, Colo.

    But now the Children Youth and Families Department is facing some tough questions about how the woman was able to flee the local CYFD office with the children during what was supposed to have been a supervised visit.

    Among those wanting answers is Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Plane shot down over Ukraine

    By Peter Leonard
    and Mstyslav Chernov
    The Associated Press
    HRABOVO, Ukraine — A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane carrying 295 people was shot down over eastern Ukraine on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said, and both the government and the pro-Russia separatists fighting in the region denied any responsibility for downing the aircraft.
    As plumes of black smoke rose up near a rebel-held village of Hrabovo, an Associated Press journalist counted at least 22 bodies at the wreckage site 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the Russian border.

  • Medical helicopter crashes near here

    The Associated Press

    NEWKIRK — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed Thursday into the side of a New Mexico hilltop, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.

    The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

    It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.

  • Looking Back - July 18, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, July 22 — Junior CDA Troop 2 picnicked at Holy Ghost canyon recently and visited Guadalupe Monastery Grounds in Pecos Canyon. Those attending were Lucille Ortiz, Mrs. Mary Ortiz, counselor; Vickey Ortiz, Dolores Vigil, Isabel Gallegos, Sylvia Ortiz, Carla D. Gallegos, Christine Marquez, Elizabeth Maes, Mrs. Wilfred Salazar, counsellor; and Sandra Martinez.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 18, 2014

    ‘Secret Garden’ to be performed here

    Auditions for the upcoming Missoula Children’s Theatre production, “The Secret Garden,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, July 21, at Ilfeld Auditorium. No audition material is required. Performance of the show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Weather - July 18

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind around 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • Man in DEA lawsuit ‘fears for his life’

    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico man who says federal agents used him to broker drugs deals in exchange for crack cocaine is getting threatening phone calls from people who are mistaking him for an informant, his lawyer said Wednesday.

    Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, attorney for Aaron Romero, said her client is being wrongly accused by some of working for the DEA. She said the 38-year-old was unknowingly targeted during an undercover investigation because he was a struggling addict and did not know he was helping agents break up a Las Vegas drug operation.

  • Clark named chief nursing officer at Alta Vista

    Submitted to the Optic
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced Tuesday the confirmation of Rhonda Clark as chief nursing officer and member of the executive team, a position she served as interim for the past six months.
    “I look forward to continuing to work with the hospital staff along with our medical providers as we move forward in providing safe, quality patient care,” Clark said.