Local News

  • Caretaker: Child’s death avoidable

    From the Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The family that helped raise a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy who died after police say his biological mother kicked him repeatedly claims the child’s death could have been prevented.

    Police found Omaree Varela unresponsive in his family’s home Friday. His mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, 38, was arrested after telling police she got angry and kicked him. She’s facing a charge of child abuse resulting in death. It wasn’t clear if she had a lawyer yet.

  • Alta Vista CEO leaving

    After just 11 months at the helm, Alta Vista Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Cahill has decided to call it quits.

    Cahill confirmed to the Optic Monday that she submitted her resignation earlier this month. She is leaving her post the second week of January.

    Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital, has named Elmer Hyde to take over as interim CEO after Cahill leaves. According to Cahill, the company plans to launch a national search for her permanent replacement after the first of the year.

  • Year in Review - Flood, fatal crash top 2013 local stories

    Editor’s Note: Below are the stories the Optic Editorial Board voted as the top area stories of 2013.
    The gentle rain had been falling constantly for days, but it wasn’t until the night of Sept. 12 that there was any indication of what was to come.

    On that night, some parts of San Miguel County began to experience mudslides, an indication that the saturated ground had had enough.

  • Alleged DWI driver charged

    Las Vegas police arrested a repeat drunk driver on Christmas Eve for crashing into another motorist while allegedly drunk.

    Angelo K. Aragon, 26, of the 2300 block of Calle Bonita, has been charged with criminal damage to property over $1,000, a fourth-degree felony and with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, third-offense, driving with a revoked license and following too closely. Online court records indicate that Aragon spent Christmas in jail but was able to post bond on Friday. Online records state that his bond was set at $7,000 cash.

  • Senator wants to ax pocket vetoes

    The Associated Press

    A state lawmaker wants to change the New Mexico Constitution to prohibit governors from killing legislation without explanation.

    Sen. Jacob Candelaria. D-Albuquerque, has introduced the proposal ahead of next month’s legislative session to do away with so-called pocket vetoes, the Albuquerque Journal reported Monday. Pocket vetoes occur when bills approved by lawmakers die because the governor fails to sign or veto them.

  • Gay marriage, weather top state headlines in 2013

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 1, 2014

    The Associated Press

    2 Young women killed in Rio Rancho wreck ID’d

    RIO RANCHO — Rio Rancho police have identified two young women killed in a two-vehicle collision at an intersection over the weekend.
    Police say 21-year-old Audree Jones was driving one of the vehicles involved in the collision Saturday and that 22-year-old Dakota Chino was a passenger in the same vehicle.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 1, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Jan. 1, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunny, with a high near 45. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25.

    Sunny, with a high near 50. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 49. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 19.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.

  • FYI - Jan. 1, 2014

    Candidate packets for the March 4th Municipal Election are available in the City Clerk’s Office.  Anyone interested in filing can pick up a packet containing all information to assist them in filing for candidacy.