Today's News

  • Vegas man found dead on I-25

    A Las Vegas man was found dead inside his vehicle along Interstate 25 in Sandoval County Wednesday afternoon, and now the Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office is trying to figure out how he died and who dialed 911 from the man’s cellphone to report the death.

    Sandoval County Sheriff’s Lt. Keith Elder identified the man as 62-year-old Marc Conkle. He said deputies saw no obvious cause of death.

    Conkle’s family was notified Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 5, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Sept. 3 — Fidel C. Gonzales, mayor of West Las Vegas, spoke on gas, the new housing project and the sewer plant of his town, when he appeared before Rotary Tuesday noon. The mayor said that he expects better than 400 gas meters in service the first year in West Las Vegas and also projected a figure of better than 600 the second year. “We have hired 20 additional people to assist with the gas system, the mayor said.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 5, 2014

    Land Grant board to meet

    The Board of Trustees of the Tecolote Land Grant will meet at 9:15 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Tecolote Community Center in Tecolote. Heirs are urged to attend. For more information, call secretary/treasurer, Louis Martinez at 575-421-5003

  • Weather - Sept. 5, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 53. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

  • Correction - Sept. 5, 2014

    A caption in the photo page of the Aug. 29 edition of the Optic incorrectly stated that a raffle was being conducted by the Friends of Carnegie Library. However, the raffle for a blanket was conducted independently, not in connection with the Friends.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State sees drop in overdose deaths
    State health officials say New Mexico’s rate of drug overdose deaths has now dropped a second year in a row.

    The Department of Health reports that there were 449 overdose deaths in 2013 for a rate of just under 22 deaths per 100,000 population. That compares with 521 deaths and a rate of just under 26 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

    The department says the 2013 rate is the lowest since 2009 and that the two-year drop was the first since 1990.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 5, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 25 and Sept. 3:
    Daniel Roybal, 27, probation violation  
    James Clifford, 21, DWI
    Gary Vigil, 56, day commitment
    Roger Griego, 21, traffic offense, suspended/revoked
    Deena Vigil, 29, Adult Probation Office arrest order
    Anthony Valdez, 24, probation violation
    Destiny Garcia, 20, failure to appear
    ReginaRae Gutierrez, 29, failure to appear
    Lawrence Valerio, 38, battery on household member

  • Court to hear death-row appeals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s remaining death row inmates are asking the state’s highest court to spare them from potential execution because lawmakers repealed capital punishment after they were sentenced to die by lethal injection.

  • Tesla decision sparks criticism

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors’ a battery factory.

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn’t select New Mexico because of “a failure of leadership” by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

  • HU grad wins photo contest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University media arts graduate won first place in a global photography contest for the International Student Voice Magazine.  

    Shanea Strachan, a Bahamas native, garnered the international college student award from a pool of 119 photographers with a self-portrait she created for her Photography II class at Highlands. Her photograph was featured in the magazine in August.