Local News

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 25, 2014

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Peony’s Rainbow” by Martha Weston. Free and open to the public.

  • Luna’s LPN program recognized nationally

    Submitted to the Optic

    Statistics indicate that the need for Hispanic nurses in America is increasing. According to PracticalNursing.org, Luna Community College is doing its share to help. Luna was named the 21st ranked Hispanic-friendly Licensed Practical Nursing Program in the United States by PracticalNursing.org.

    According to PracticalNursing.org, the data used to determine the top friendly LPN program was obtained from the 2012 Integrate Post Secondary Education Data System. The programs’ completions were analyzed and ranked via the following process

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 25, 2014

    • Free movie showing of a locally made documentary on the effects of fracking, 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Lora Shields building - room 215.  This locally made documentary shows the effects of fracking in the Farmington area. Refreshments provided, and people in the movie will be there to answer questions. Lora Shields Building is on National between 8th and 11th on Highlands Campus. Look for signs and balloons. For more information, contact the Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth at 426-1468


  • EPA grants waiver for dam

    The city of Las Vegas has overcome a major hurdle in its quest to come up with the final funding piece for its Bradner Reservoir enlargement project.

    The city recently applied for $20 million in funding for the project from the New Mexico Finance Authority under the United States Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program. But it was notified that under EPA rules, dams typically aren’t funded with that money.

  • People’s Faire - 110th anniversary for Carnegie

    Carnegie Library has stood the test of time for more than a century. On Saturday, Friends of Carnegie Library group will celebrate the library’s 110th birthday with an open house of the 1904-built library in conjunction with the 36th Annual People’s Faire. Both festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the park on National Avenue.

  • T-4 Ranch proposal hits snag

    Efforts by the T-4 Ranch to secede from San Miguel County appear to have hit a roadblock.

    County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger, an attorney, and County Attorney Jesus Lopez have concluded that the request doesn’t meet the requirements outlined in state law for annexation of land from one county to another.

    Phil Bidegain, whose family owns and operates the sprawling T-4 Ranch in far eastern San Miguel County, asked the county earlier this year to allow neighboring Quay County to annex roughly 110,000 acres of San Miguel County land.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 22, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 7 and Aug. 14:

    Horacio Encinias, 42, six-day commitment
    Dominic Branchal, 22, failure to comply, bench warrant, SM District
    Gilbert Romero, 29, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, improper use of evidence of registration
    Fidel Martinez, 58, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Robert Palomino, 30, aggravated assault with use of deadly weapon, battery against a household member

  • Lopez won’t remain on regents

    Las Vegas attorney Jesus Lopez announced this week that he will neither seek nor accept another term on the Highlands Board of Regents once his term expires on Dec. 31.

    Lopez notified Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King in a letter sent Monday. Martinez, a Republican, is up for re-election in November, and King, a Democrat, is running against her.

  • 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