Today's News

  • New U.S. attorney confirmed

    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday to confirm Damon Martinez as New Mexico’s next U.S. attorney.
    The Albuquerque native was confirmed by the full Senate by a voice vote.

    Martinez has served as an assistant U.S. attorney since 2001 and supervised the organized crime and gang section in Albuquerque. He has also worked on national security, anti-terrorism, immigration and narcotics cases.

  • Jail Log - May 23, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 11 and May 19:
    Jaime Contereas, 27, aggravated DWI
    Sandra Baca, 47, aggravated DWI, driving on suspended revoked license
    Wilfred Sanchez, 18, battery, shoplifting
    Catherine Lucero, 49, six-day commitment
    Tracy Fresquez, 33, hold for court
    Robert Wooley, 28, district court warrant: picked up new charges
    Christopher Garcia, 28, probation violation: new charges (driving on suspended revoked license)

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  • Podiatrist joins Alta Vista Hospital staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is pleased to welcome Silvia Garcia-Lavin, D.P.M., to its hospital’s medical staff and community. Dr.  Garcia-Lavin received a Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the New York College of Podiatric Medicine and completed a residency in Podiatric Surgery at Westchester General Hospital in Miami, Florida.  Dr. Garcia-Lavin is Board certified with the American Board of Multiple Specialty in Podiatry in Prevention and Treatment of Diabetic Wounds.

  • Que Pasa - May 23, 2014

    • West Las Vegas High School graduation takes place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, at Gillie Lopez gymnasium.

  • Author awarded $100K in records lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    BERNALILLO — A New Mexico court has awarded an author $100,000 in a lawsuit she brought against the Lincoln County sheriff’s officials for wrongfully withholding records related to the death of legendary outlaw Billy the Kid.

    But Gale Cooper of Sandia Park said Tuesday that she’s considering appealing part of the damages that were awarded last week by District Judge George Eichwald in Bernalillo.

    Cooper’s legal battle with the southern New Mexico sheriff’s office started in 2007.

  • Lab says waste containers isolated

    The Associated Press

    LOS ALAMOS — Los Alamos National Laboratory told the state on Wednesday that it has isolated and is closely monitoring nuclear waste on its campus that was packed with a type of cat litter suspected in a radiation leak at the government’s underground nuclear waste dump.

  • Students of the month - May 23, 2014
  • Scholarships given to three

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Three New Mexico Highlands University business students earned scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for researching and writing outstanding business case studies.

    The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program. The winning case studies will be published on the program’s website.

    The Highlands University Foundation also provided a match for the scholarships.

  • Students earn fellowships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Three New Mexico Highlands University media arts students received $2,500 fellowships this academic year thanks to the Seabury Foundation and a full match from the university’s foundation.

    Gabriela Hernández, Craig Cassidy, and Analicia Casaus were tapped for the honor. They showcased their completed Seabury projects at an awards presentation and reception in early May.