Today's News

  • T-4 Ranch wants out of county

    CORRECTION - April 16 - An article that appeared in Friday’s Optic about the T-4 Ranch wanting to be annexed into Quay County should have stated that while the Bidegain family has had oil and gas leases in the past, it no longer does, according to Phil Bidegain.

    One of the county’s largest land owners is asking the San Miguel County Commission to allow it to leave San Miguel County so that it can be annexed into neighboring Quay County.

  • Commission nixes two-year extension

    A divided San Miguel County Commission rejected its Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation for a two-year extension to the moratorium on oil and gas extraction in the county.

    Instead, Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger and Commissioners Ron Ortega and Marcellino Ortiz joined to approve a motion instructing staff to move forward on a six-month extension to the moratorium. A six-month extension would take the county’s temporary ban on oil and gas drilling until Jan. 11, 2015.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 11, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Rodeo team member killed
    PORTALES, N.M.  — An Eastern New Mexico University rodeo team member from northern New Mexico has died after being injured during practice when he was stepped on by a bull.
    The university says 20-year-old bull rider Irvyng Urquijo died Tuesday night at a hospital in Portales. He was a sophomore animal and dairy science major from Springer.
    Team coach Albert Flinn says Urquijo was injured earlier Tuesday evening when he was thrown from the bull and it stepped on him.

  • Jail Log - April 11, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 28 and April 4.

     Martin Martinez, 19, credit card, SM Mag.
    Elisha Romero, 30, failure to appear (District Court) failure to appear, concealing I.D., driving on suspended-revoked license, speeding, no insurance, to registration. (SM Mag),  escape from custody, criminal damage to property, no driver’s license (Guadalupe County) bench warrant SM District/SM Magistrate/Guadalupe

  • Looking Back - April 11, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 11, 2014

    Great American Cleanup

    Volunteers are needed to clean up the Plaza Park and other sites at 9 a.m. Saturday. Participants may sign up at the park at 9 a.m. They will receive a ticket that entitles them to a free meal and refreshments. Keep America Beautiful will provide tools, trash bags and gloves. Contact Diego Trujillo at 505-426-3216, or kablvnm@ci.las.vegas.nm.us

  • Weather - April 11, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. West wind 10-20 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

  • Ex-official still on probation

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former state official is staying out of prison despite violating probation on his felony convictions.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that state prosecutors wanted former Public Regulation Commission member Jerome Block Jr. sent to prison for failing a drug test. The 37-year-old Block is on probation because of convictions for fraudulent use of a state credit card, violating campaign finance laws and embezzling public funds during his 2008 campaign.

  • Feds find pattern of excessive force in APD

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday said institutional reform centered on more training and tools for officers is needed to curb the “patterns of excessive force” that were turned up by a civil investigation of the Albuquerque Police Department.

  • Lawyer: Stabbing suspect like ‘deer in headlights’

    By Jesse Washington and Kevin Begos
    The Associated Press

    MURRYSVILLE, Pa. — The 16-year-old boy charged in a stabbing spree at a high school outside Pittsburgh was not a problem student or outcast like those who have been involved in other school violence across the country, and was “like a deer in the headlights” hours after the attack, frightened and depressed, his attorney said Thursday.