Local News

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 13, 2013

    SolanoFest is Saturday

    SolanoFest IX, Saturday, Sept. 14, at Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County, Dutch Oven Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m., arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dance to the music of Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information about the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.

  • Weather - Sept. 13, 2013

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

  • Remembering the victims
  • Overdose deaths still high in county

    Drug overdose deaths in New Mexico decreased in 2012, but in San Miguel County the number of people who died from overdoses over the same period remained flat.

    Department of Health statistics released to the Optic this week show that 12 people died from drug overdoses in San Miguel County in 2012. That’s the same number of people who died of overdoses in the county in 2011 and more than double the number of overdose deaths in the county in 2000.

  • Gay marriage stirs little outcry in NM

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Lynn Ellins stunned New Mexico last month when the county clerk decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But even he was shocked by the lack of public outrage or protest to his decision, which set off a chain reaction that has for all practical purposes made gay marriage legal in the state.

  • 16 apply for public defender post

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Public Defender Commission announced Wednesday that it has received 16 applications for the chief public defender positions.
    Applicants are:
    • Jorge Alvarado
    • Bennett Baur
    • John Henry Browne
    • Sophie Cooper
    • James Egar
    • Joseph Gandert
    • John Gross
    • Lelie Hood
    • Mary McMahon
    • Barry Porter
    • Marc Reitman
    • Tomas Rodriguez
    • Celia Rumann

  • Jail Log - Sept. 13, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6:
    Dominic Branch, 21, probation violation: failure to appear, absconding, Adult Probation Office
    Henry Santillanes, 56, criminal damage to property
    Carmen Salazar, 19, shoplifting larceny
    Anthony Flores, 51, shoplifting, child abuse, bench warrant  LV Municipal/SM Magistrate
    Robert Sena, 51, criminal sexual penetration, dwelling, burglary

  • Wind farms kill 67 eagles in 5 years

    By Dina Cappiello
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Wind energy facilities have killed at least 67 golden and bald eagles in the last five years, but the figure could be much higher, according to a new scientific study by government biologists.
    The research represents one of the first tallies of eagle deaths attributed to the nation’s growing wind energy industry, which has been a pillar of President Barack Obama’s plans to reduce the pollution blamed for global warming. Wind power releases no air pollution.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 13, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Man gets life sentence

    FARMINGTON — An Arizona man has been sentenced to life in prison in the 2011 beating death of a Farmington man during a break-in.
    The Daily Times reports that District Judge John Dean sentenced 24-year-old Donovan King of Red Valley to life in prison plus 18 years in the death of 40-year-old Kevin Lossiah in Lossiah’s apartment.

  • Ads support Gov in dispute

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A nonprofit group run by a former official in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is airing radio ads in support of the Republican administration’s decision to halt payments to mental health providers under investigation for possible overbillings, mismanagement and fraud.
    Sara Lister, executive director of New Mexico Competes, said Wednesday that the radio ads are running statewide through this week.