Today's News

  • Medical helicopter crashes near here

    The Associated Press

    NEWKIRK — A medical helicopter flying to pick up a patient crashed Thursday into the side of a New Mexico hilltop, bursting into flames and killing all three crew members on board, authorities said.

    The helicopter was flying from Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe to Tucumcari when it disappeared from radar at 2:48 a.m.

    It went down near Newkirk along Interstate 40 about 135 miles east of Albuquerque and about 30 miles from Tucumcari.

  • Looking Back - July 18, 2014

    In 1964

    Wednesday, July 22 — Junior CDA Troop 2 picnicked at Holy Ghost canyon recently and visited Guadalupe Monastery Grounds in Pecos Canyon. Those attending were Lucille Ortiz, Mrs. Mary Ortiz, counselor; Vickey Ortiz, Dolores Vigil, Isabel Gallegos, Sylvia Ortiz, Carla D. Gallegos, Christine Marquez, Elizabeth Maes, Mrs. Wilfred Salazar, counsellor; and Sandra Martinez.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 18, 2014

    ‘Secret Garden’ to be performed here

    Auditions for the upcoming Missoula Children’s Theatre production, “The Secret Garden,” will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Monday, July 21, at Ilfeld Auditorium. No audition material is required. Performance of the show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, July 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Weather - July 18

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind around 5 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 5-10 mph in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.

  • Man in DEA lawsuit ‘fears for his life’

    The Associated Press

    A New Mexico man who says federal agents used him to broker drugs deals in exchange for crack cocaine is getting threatening phone calls from people who are mistaking him for an informant, his lawyer said Wednesday.

    Erlinda Ocampo Johnson, attorney for Aaron Romero, said her client is being wrongly accused by some of working for the DEA. She said the 38-year-old was unknowingly targeted during an undercover investigation because he was a struggling addict and did not know he was helping agents break up a Las Vegas drug operation.

  • Clark named chief nursing officer at Alta Vista

    Submitted to the Optic
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced Tuesday the confirmation of Rhonda Clark as chief nursing officer and member of the executive team, a position she served as interim for the past six months.
    “I look forward to continuing to work with the hospital staff along with our medical providers as we move forward in providing safe, quality patient care,” Clark said.  

  • Jail Log - July 18, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 3 and July 11:
    Benito Mora, 36, probation violation: positive UA, failure to report, GPS APO
    Carlos Lucero, 32, probation violation: positive UA
    Efrain Gutierrez, 27, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District
    Jerome Valencia, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District
    Gerald Romero, 20, probation violation: absconding
    Dorian Esquibel, 38, failure to pay

  • Gun found in suspect’s vehicle

    Authorities retrieved a loaded handgun from the vehicle of the suspect involved in Monday’s police standoff near the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center on north Grand Avenue.

    The suspect, Roger S. Romero, 29, of Chacon, was taken into custody Monday night after Las Vegas police subdued him with pepper balls and bean bag rounds. His sports utility vehicle was sealed and hauled away by a tow truck until officers could get a search warrant.

  • Anaya settles SEC fraud charges

    The Associated Press
    Former Gov. Toney Anaya has reached a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission in a fraud case involving an investment company that was focused on recovering and selling water from aquifers in New Mexico and elsewhere.
    The SEC announced Wednesday that Anaya, who previously served as a regent at New Mexico Highlands University, was one of four people charged with concealing from investors that two lawbreakers ran the company, Natural Blue Resources Inc.

  • Missoula Children’s Theatre auditions Mon.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Missoula Children’s Theatre, the nation’s largest touring children’s theatre, has been touring extensively for more than 40 years from Montana to Japan, and will visit nearly 1,200 communities this year with up to 44 teams of Tour Actor/Directors. A tour team will arrive in Las Vegas on Monday with a set, lights, costumes, props and make-up, everything it takes to put on a play… except the cast.