Local News

  • 10,000-acre blaze - Rookie receives baptism by fire

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    It was a summer Josh Ingersoll won’t soon forget.

    After a long day of mowing lawns at Brush Ranch Resort in the Pecos Canyon, Ingersoll, 27, retired to the music hall, climbed behind his drum set and prepared to bang out some boredom.

    Then the juice went out.

    Ingersoll stepped outside and what he saw took his breath away and set his heart to racing.

  • Federal employees return to work

    The Associated Press

    Political leaders, investors and ordinary people Thursday welcomed the end of a U.S. government shutdown but already were looking ahead to the next round of a budget battle that brought the world’s biggest economy close to default and threatens Washington’s international standing.

  • Council OKs pilot water project

    After much discussion, the City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night to move forward with a pilot underground water storage project.

    Bob Wessely, president of the Las Vegas Community Water Board, underscored the need for the project during the public input portion of the meeting, telling the Council that the city’s existing reservoirs will likely be full by the end of the weekend, after which the city will have no place to store water flowing down the Gallinas.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 18, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 18, 2013

    Ride to Pride’s Seventh Annual Benefit Dinner, Auction and Dance is from 6 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Oct. 18 at the Civic with live music by “Slo Burning.” Tickets are $45 couple, $25 individual, and $15 kids 12 and younger. For more information, call 425-9738 or 429-3905.

  • Weather - Oct. 18, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:10 a.m. to 6:21 p.m.

  • Gov. Martinez raises $2M for re-election

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has stockpiled nearly $3.3 million for her re-election campaign, giving her a significant fundraising advantage over Democratic challenger Gary King, according to financial reports filed Tuesday.
    King had cash-on-hand of $142,441 in his campaign account as of Oct. 7.

    Martinez raised $2.1 million for her re-election during the last six months while King collected $175,145.

  • Gov: Evidence backs abuse claims at ranch

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Evidence found at a New Mexico youth ranch for troubled kids corroborates allegations by current and former students of abuse, the governor said Monday.

    The comments by Gov. Susana Martinez came as she defended the state’s handling of an investigation into the Tierra Blanca High Country Youth Program near Hillsboro ranch.

    Authorities have declined to release many details about the allegations or what was found at the ranch, citing the ongoing investigation.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 16, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Default rates up in New Mexico

     Student loan defaults are up at most of New Mexico’s state universities.
    The default rate at New Mexico State University rose to 18. 5 percent for students who enrolled in the 2010 fiscal year, up from 15 percent for students who enrolled one year earlier.
    Corresponding rates for the University of New Mexico are 8.6 percent and 7.4 percent.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 18, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 8 and Oct. 15:

    Fred Pino, 46, 10 day sanction admitted to using alcohol
    Freddie Romero, age unavailable, failure to appear bench warrant SM Magistrate
    Jose Ramirez, 65, criminal trespass
    Venessa Garcia, 23,  failure to pay fines,  failure to report, possession, delivery or manufacture of drug paraphernalia,  bench warrant,  SF Magistrate /Adult Probation Office PO/SM Magistrate