Today's News

  • Lottery scholarship fix now law

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a measure into law Wednesday to help avert possible reductions in a popular college scholarship program.

    The program relies on revenue from the state lottery, and cuts loomed because lottery proceeds haven’t kept pace with increases in college tuition.

  • Ex-legislators seek return to state House

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Six former legislators filed Tuesday as candidates for the New Mexico House, setting up rematches from the 2012 primary and general elections.

    Among those former legislators are area residents Richard Vigil and Bengie Regensberg.

    All 70 House seats are up for election this year and 10 incumbents — five Democrats and five Republicans — aren’t seeking re-election.

    In 2012, a dozen House members voluntarily left or sought other offices.

  • Three seeking district judge post

    As expected, three Democrats have filed to run for the District Judge post previously held by Eugenio Mathis who retired last year.

    Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Gerald Baca to the 4th Judicial District’s Division 1 post last year, and he is now seeking election to hold onto the job.

    Also filing were longtime attorney Anna M. Aragon and attorney Suzanne Gaulin, who is a native of Canada.

  • 14 file in Mora

    Fourteen hopefuls have filed for positions in Mora County government.

    The race for Mora County Sheriff will be the most crowded, with five candidates. They are: Greg M. Laumbach, Donaciano Trujillo, Americk Padilla, Eugene Martin Garcia and Robert J. Torres. All are registered Democrats.

    Not seeking the post is current sheriff Amos Espinoza, who is serving out the remainder of former sheriff Thomas Garza’s term. Garza  resigned last year as part of a plea agreement.

  • Silon remembered for her generosity

    Carole Silon, the co-director of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center who made audiences laugh with her recurring portrayal of “Mayor Nanita” in the Nat Gold Players “Over the Edge” productions, died on March 7. She was 76.

    She had been battling colo-rectal and lung cancer since June 2012, according to Pat Leahan, a close friend and the other director of the Peace and Justice Center.

    Leahan said Silon, a retired educator, didn’t fear death.

  • Looking Back - March 14, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 14, 2014

    St. Patrick’s Day Dinner is Saturday

    Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance Eighth Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner, 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 15 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Tickets are $15 per person.

  • Weather - March 14, 2014

    A slight chance of rain and snow showers before noon, then scattered rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 49. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Little or no snow accumulation expected. A chance of rain and snow showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


  • Correction - March 14, 2014

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic about the runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat listed the incorrect date for that election. The election will be held on April 15.

  • Jail Log - March 14, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 28 and March 11.

    Mark Ludi, 43, PV: admitted to taking suboxone in prison
    Lawrence Valerio, 37, aggravated DWI, resisting evading, failure to report accident
    Ronnie Lujan, 29, bringing in contraband to a place of imprisonment, probation violation: failure to report accident
    Christopher Maes, 21, two counts battery on peace officer, resisting evading or obstructing an officer.