Local News

  • Campaign launched for dam funds

    Back in November, the stars appeared to be aligning for the city to get the millions it is seeking for a major expansion of Bradner Reservoir.

    At the time, Gov. Martinez had just announced that she would ask state lawmakers to spend $112 million or about 60 percent of the capital outlay funds available for distribution this year on water infrastructure projects.

    In her announcement, Martinez specifically mentioned the city of Las Vegas and other communities that “are dangerously close to (water) shortages.”

  • Courthouse still Mora’s top project

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora County Commission recently voted unanimously to make the Mora County Complex its top priority in seeking additional funds from the state Legislature in the legislative session that began Tuesday.

    “Our Infrastructure Capital Improvement Plan put the County Complex at the top of our list,” said Mora County Manager Rebecca Montoya.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 24, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Jan. 23 — “Bye Bye Birdie,” a musical comedy, will be presented by the Music Department of Robertson High School in February at Ilfeld Auditorium. Staff assisting in the production will be Patrick Carson, Dick Emmons and Mildred Smith. Danny Torres will play the lead as Conrad Birdie. Other parts are Paul Rawlins, Rose Alvarez, Mae Peterson, Donald Chandler, Howard Stansbury and Kathy Mason.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 24, 2014

    Literacy Fair is Saturday

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. There will be many activities available, including crafts. Free books for children and adults will be distributed. Admission is free.

  • Weather - Jan. 24, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 49. West wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17.

    Sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 13 and Jan. 21:
    Matthew Cordova, 27, failure to report police contact
    Steven Quintana, 37, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
    Carlos Yara, 22, criminal trespass
    Rex Saiz, 37, new charges bench warrant Adult Probation Office/parole
    Ron Hoogerhuis, 52, five-day commitment
    Eduardo Gallegos, 26, positive UA Adult Probation Office/Parole
    David Raker, 19, giving false information

  • DA ‘surprised’ by decision in state police shooting

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A district attorney investigating a state police officer who shot and killed a Santa Fe woman says she’s surprised a grand jury ruled that shooting was justified.

    Speaking to reporters Tuesday, First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said she presented a full day of testimony from multiple sources, and within 50 minutes, the grand jury had made its decision, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Gov urges legislative focus on schools, jobs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez urged the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday to put aside political differences during an election year and focus their work on economic development and improving education.

    Martinez outlined her legislative priorities in her State of the State address after lawmakers convened for a 30-day session that’s limited to the budget, taxes and proposals placed on the agenda by the governor.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Saturday at Rec. Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

    The theme for this year’s event is based on the Native American dream catcher and tradition of storytelling: “Make Your Dreams Come True: Read, Read, Read!”

    To encourage writing, everyone has been invited to submit a short story which will be displayed at the fair.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Jan. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Remedial help needed in NM
    SANTA FE — A new study says approximately half of the New Mexico students attending the state’s colleges and universities aren’t ready academically and that it’s costly for the state.
    The student released by the Legislative Finance Committee says 51 percent of the students needed remedial courses last year and that the cost was $22 million.