Local News

  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect pleads not guilty

    By Denise Lavoie and Jay Lindsay
    The Associated Press
    BOSTON — His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April.
    As survivors of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a small, lopsided smile to his two sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. He appeared to have a jaw injury and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek.

  • Jail Log - July 12, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 2 and July 9:
    Lanette Romero, 49, new charges — resisting evading an officer, disorderly conduct, public nuisance  
    April Sandoval, 33, new charges ­— person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, leaving the scene, tampering with evidence, resisting evading an officer
    Jerry Mares, 36, failure to pay child support, failure to appear, residential burglary

  • Looking Back - July 12, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, July 10 — Rain over most of New Mexico this week has begun to ease the worst drought in 70 years for some sections of the state, but it may have come too late to help farmers much. “Available water is only 16 percent of the amount required to irrigate properly at this time of year,” said Hubert Ball, chief engineer of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 12, 2013

    Las Vegas Annual Garden Tour is Saturday

    Visit a variety of Las Vegas gardens and talk to innovative gardeners during the Las Vegas Annual Garden Tour starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at the Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation office at 116 Bridge St. For more information call 425-8803. Sponsored by CCHP, city lodgers’ tax and BTU Building Materials.

  • Weather - July 12, 2013

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 61. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Martinez praises former governor

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is among the dignitaries and mourners paid their respects to former Gov. David Cargo, who lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

    Martinez greeted Cargo’s family as they arrived Thursday at the Capitol. Family members walked into the building behind Cargo’s flag-draped casket, which was carried by State Police officers and National Guard troops.

    Martinez spoke to the family, telling them Cargo was an “amazing man.”

  • Charges rock department

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former investigator accuses the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management of slander and harassment in a labor-related complaint.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a New Mexico district court heard Wednesday a case involving former intelligence analyst Victor Javier Marquez. He is seeking a restraining order against the department’s chief counsel, George Heidke, for alleged slander and a pattern of harassment.

  • Celebrating creativity
  • Free computer science camp next week at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Submitted to the Optic

  • Campos to retire from Luna

    Amid continued deteriorating relationships with his board, Luna Community College President Pete Campos said on Tuesday that he plans to retire when his current contract expires in one year.

    Campos said he notified Board Chairman Abelino Montoya about his decision Tuesday morning, and an announcement was sent to other board members at about the same time.