Local News

  • Organizer succumbs to cancer

    Curtis John Sollohub, a retired New Mexico Highlands University professor who was instrumental in unionizing Highlands faculty and who in later years was battling the city over acequia rights, died Monday. He was 66.

    Sollohub died peacefully at home in his bed surrounded by those who loved him, his family said. He learned in May that he had Stage IV non-small- cell lung cancer.

    “We lost a heck of a good guy in the community,” said William Gonzales, who worked closely with Sollohub on acequia issues.

  • Senior profile - Philip and Geraldine Romero

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    We’ve all known the type — achiever, or even over-achiever. These tags might be attached to Philip Romero — a public figure whom most Las Vegans recognize — he’s been an undersheriff, a county sheriff, magistrate judge, and a Polar Bear (to be explained later).

    Asked “Why do you do all these things?” Romero replied, “No me da miedo! (I’m not afraid.) Somebody has to do it — take the lead! You have a mind — a conscience.”

  • Elderly man stabbed Tuesday

    State police are investigating a Christmas Eve stabbing in Mora County.

    Authorities say the stabbing followed a home invasion on the evening of Dec. 24.

    The victim, whose name state police are withholding, was robbed and stabbed, state police said. State police were dispatched to the scene at about 6:30 p.m.

    The victim, a 69-year-old male, was initially transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for treatment. He was then transported to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque for treatment of his injuries.

  • Pneumonia shots urged for adults

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials are encouraging adults to get vaccinations against a pneumonia-related illness hitting New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Department of Health said this week that the vaccines for pneumococcal disease are now available at many doctors’ offices.

    Officials say so far this year, around 300 people in New Mexico have been diagnosed with severe pneumococcal disease and 47 have died from their infection.

  • NM eyes new tourism amid court ruling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who now can get marriage licenses in the state following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this month.

    Officials are planning a media blitz and gay and lesbian wedding expos in hopes of selling New Mexico as a wedding destination for couples who live in neighboring states.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 27, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19:

  • Looking Back - Dec. 27, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 27, 2013

    Sobriety Ball on Saturday

    The second annual Sobriety Ball will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28 at El Burro Enterprise. Los Tropicales will provide music. Donations are being sought. Call 505-617-5846 or 425-2687.

  • Weather - Dec. 27, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 47. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind around 5 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

  • Avian spirit