Local News

  • Anyone have a tree for the city?

    With less than two weeks left before Christmas, city officials are scrambling to find a tree for the old Safeway parking lot on Douglas Avenue. The city put out a call to the community Wednesday for a large Christmas tree that can be put up there.

    Anyone who wants to donate the tree should call the city at 454-1401 and ask for the city manager’s office.

  • Gov wants to pay good teachers more

    The Associated Press

    Gov. Susana Martinez is proposing changes aimed at recruiting new teachers and rewarding teachers whose students are showing improvement.

    Martinez unveiled her plan Wednesday at Sweeney Elementary School in Santa Fe.

  • Trial on assisted suicide law begins

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Two doctors and a Santa Fe woman with advanced uterine cancer want physicians in New Mexico to be able to prescribe — without the fear of prosecution— the needed medications for terminally ill patients who want to end their lives on their own terms.

    Standing in their way is a decades-old New Mexico law that makes it a fourth-degree felony to assist someone in suicide.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 13, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 2 and Dec. 10:
    Edward Moya, 42, consuming alcohol, resisting evading an officer
    Roland Romero, 27, conditions of release revoked, failure to appear, bench warrant Adult Probation Office/LV Municipal
    Wendy Gonzales, 51, probation violation
    Lance Madrid, 33,  burglary, tampering with evidence, receiving stolen property failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant SM District
    David Pacheco, 23, failure to appear

  • In Brief - News - Dec. 13, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Panel considering scholarship fix

    SANTA FE — A legislative panel is considering possible changes to a lottery-financed college scholarship program so that awards aren’t tied to tuition.
    Legislative Finance Committee Chairman Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela outlined the proposal Tuesday during a hearing on the scholarship program, which faces a shortfall because lottery revenue isn’t keeping pace with rising scholarship costs.

  • McCluskey escapes death penalty

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A federal jury deliberating the sentence for Arizona inmate John McCluskey failed to reach a unanimous verdict on Wednesday, meaning the judge will sentence him to life in prison for murdering a retired Oklahoma couple.

    It will close the final chapter on a brazen Arizona prison break and multistate Bonnie-and-Clyde-style crime spree.

  • Looking Back - Dec. 13, 2013

    In 1963

    Thursday, Dec. 12 — Two juveniles were turned over to authorities recently by City Police who picked them up for stealing from parked cars on Tilden and at Hewett Hall. Most of the clothing, razor, shaving kit and radio, was recovered. The two youths signed confessions to the crime. When asked why they did it, one said, “For kicks.” The other said, “For the fun of it.”

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 13, 2013

    Survivors’ candlelight vigil today

    Survivors of Victims of Homicide Candlelight Vigil: Participants meet at 4:30 p.m. at Las Vegas Peace and Justice Building at 719 Sixth St., with the walk starting at 5 p.m. to the Plaza Park on Friday (today). For more information, call Helen at 429-1608.

  • Weather - Dec. 13, 2013

    A 10 percent chance of snow showers before 11a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 16. North wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 38. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

    Sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 4:49 p.m.

  • Red Cross issues safety tips to prevent holiday home fires

    Submitted to the Optic
    The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.
    “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of The American Red Cross in New Mexico.