Local News

  • Mora sheriff faces more sanctions

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the wake of being charged with tampering with public records and criminal solicitation, embattled Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza now faces further disciplinary action from the state Law Enforcement Academy board.

    The same board suspended Garza’s law enforcement certification for 120 days and placed him on one year’s probation last July in a separate case that did not produce any criminal charges.

  • Young fugitive back behind bars

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 20-year-old man who fled town last summer after an overnight stay with a woman turned sour is back behind bars on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault, child abuse, tampering with evidence and fleeing from police.

    Rosendo Dimas, formerly of the 5900 block of Airport Road in Santa Fe, is being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond after the long arm of the law found him at the Chavez County jail, where he was being held on an unrelated drug case, according to court records.

  • Looking Back - May 17, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, May 21 — Commencement exercises will be held at 7:30 tonight at the Immaculate Conception Church for the final graduating class of the Immaculate Conception School. The Rt. Rev. Monsignor William T. Bradley, superintendent of Catholic Schools in New Mexico, will confer the diplomas to 13 students. Graduates are Clara Conrad, Peter Delgado, Gilbert Esquibel, Tom Huie, Frank Lovato, Jose Maestas, Robert Martinez Jr, Susan Rehders, Elsie Romero, Grace Romero, Dolores Rudolph, Herman Sanchez Jr. and Earl Williams.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 17, 2013

    Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is Saturday

    The 22nd annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo will take place from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. this Saturday at the NMHU Wilson Gym parking lot. Cost is $5 and includes a new helmet, or $1 if attendee provides a helmet. Ages 5 to 12. For more information, call 425-3637.

  • Weather - May 17, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a northwest wind 15-20 mph becoming southwest 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.  Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Breezy.

  • Obama reacts to mounting controversies

    By Julie Pace
    AP White House Correspondent

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Under mounting pressure, President Barack Obama on Wednesday released a trove of documents related to the Benghazi attack and forced out the top official at the Internal Revenue Service following revelations that the agency targeted conservative political groups. The moves were aimed at halting a perception spreading among both White House opponents and allies that the president has been passive and disengaged as controversies consume his second term.

  • State facing medical access difficulties

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — New Mexicans could have longer waits for a doctor or specialist as demand grows for medical services because of an aging population and expanded insurance coverage under a federal health care law, legislative auditors said Wednesday.

    A report released by the Legislative Finance Committee said state residents could encounter growing problems of access to medical care due to the potential need of 2,000 physicians, 3,000 registered nurses and as many as 800 dentists.

  • Audit: More than 50 inmates released early

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    More than 50 inmates were mistakenly released early from New Mexico prisons, including a convicted murderer with more than four years left to serve, according to a new state audit released Wednesday.

    The New Mexico Corrections Department said most of 51 offenders identified in the audit of 6,900 inmate files were erroneously released from September 2010 and September 2012 due to miscalculations on time left to serve.

  • Nursing Home week
  • Jail Log - May 17, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 7 and May 13:
    Brant Roybal, age unavailable,10 day commitment
    Roberto Campos, 65, positive UA (THC)
    George Martinez, 32, positive UA (cocaine)
    Brandy Sanchez, 19, 72- hour hold drug court Violation
    Michael Martinez, 36, hold for court
    Paul Griego, 54, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle
    Lonnie Baca, age unavailable, battery on household member