Today's News

  • Gov spends $1.9 million on re-election

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez spent nine times more than Democratic challenger Gary King during the past month as she flooded the airwaves with hard-hitting television campaign ads, according to fundraising reports filed Tuesday.

    Martinez retains a hefty advantage in campaign cash over King with Election Day looming only a few weeks away.

    The incumbent reported cash-on-hand of $2.7 million as of last week, while King had $123,651.

  • Area man wins ATV in raffle

    Submitted to the Optic

    This past Saturday was a lucky day for Anton Chico resident John Gonzales when candidate for U.S. Congress Jeff Byrd handed over the keys to a shiny blue 2014 Polaris 550 Touring ATV.

    Gonzales was accompanied by family, including his wife and graddaughter (pictured) when Byrd and campaign consultant and chairman of the county GOP, Rey Herrera, presented him with his prize.

  • GOP group raises $400K for state house races

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Republican group has raised $400,200 in the past month to aid the GOP’s bid to gain control of the New Mexico House for the first time in more than a half century.

    Advance New Mexico Now and a Democratic group, Patriot Majority New Mexico, have been pouring money into legislative races that will determine which party controls the 70-member House. The GOP needs to pick up three seats to win control of the chamber

  • Balderas holds money edge in AG race

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — With the election less than a month away, Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 8-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in New Mexico’s race for attorney general.

    Balderas spent nearly $334,825 in the past month, with three-fourths of it for television advertising, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 17, 2014

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  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 17, 2014

    Fundraiser for skatepark advocates group

    Samaritan House of Las Vegas in conjunction with the Las Vegas Skatepark Advocates are selling items to benefit the advocates group. If you would like to donate items, contact Brian Marquez at facebook.com/Lasvegasskateparkadvocates for pickup.

  • Weather - Oct. 17, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Southeast wind 10-15 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. South wind 10-15 mph. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

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  • Detainees being released

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press

    One of three centers used for detaining Central American families who have entered the U.S. illegally this year has started releasing many more detainees than it deports, a New Mexico city official said.

    Federal immigration authorities reported 61 releases and no deportations last week at the Artesia Family Residential Center in southeastern New Mexico, Artesia Mayor Phillip Burch said.

  • Farmers deal with salmonella fallout

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — There will be significantly fewer peanuts pulled from the ground in eastern New Mexico this harvest season because of lingering fallout from the bankruptcy and sale of a peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall.