Today's News

  • State’s health exchange goes live

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico launched an online marketplace for health insurance that enrolled 170 business customers on Tuesday, but individuals struggled with problems trying to use a federal exchange, according to state officials and health care advocates.

    New Mexico took a “hybrid” approach to the online marketplace — implementing a state-run computer system to sign up small businesses but initially relying on a federal website to handle individuals.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 4, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Oct. 1 — Danny Montgomery, a senior, was elected president of the Harold Stephens chapter of the National Honor Society, Robertson High School, during a breakfast Sunday morning in the library at the school. Other officers include Jeannie Brumbelow, vice president; Elizabeth McConnon, secretary; and Jayne Howell, treasurer.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Enchilada Dinner is Thursday

    Buy your tickets for the annual Mustard Seed Benefit Enchilada Dinner sponsored by First Presbyterian Church. Lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday with dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. that day. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under 10. Tickets are available from church members or at the door.

  • Weather - Oct. 4, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming northeast 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunny, with a high near 61. Clear at night, with a low around 43.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 6:40 p.m.

  • Storrie Lake reopens to boating

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico is reopening two state park lakes for boating after recent heavy rains and flooding.

    State Parks Director Tommy Mutz said boating can resume starting today at Storrie Lake State Park near Las Vegas and Brantley Lake State Park near Carlsbad.

    Storrie Lake had been closed since June 2011 because of low water from severe drought conditions.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 4, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 20 and Sept. 25:
    Pedro Griego, 31, Adult Probation Office, failure to report change of address/contact with co-defendant
    Navor Garcia, 65, larceny, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Santa Fe book packed with info.

    If you think that “The Encyclopedia of Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico is mostly about Santa Fe, think again.

    The entry on Las Vegas, for example, doesn’t just mention that it was founded more than 25 years before the other Las Vegas or that it is known for its Victorian architecture.  

    It delves into the fact that Las Vegas got its start in the 1820s as a stop on the Santa Fe Trail and that it prospered even more when the Santa Fe Railway came through in 1879.

  • Fired CEO files lawsuit

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former top executive of the New Mexico Finance Authority sued Gov. Susana Martinez and one of her cabinet secretaries on Wednesday for failing to release public records requested six months ago.

    Ex-CEO Rick May, who was fired last year in the wake of a scandal over a fake audit, brought a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe against the governor and Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Staff and wire reports

    Church to hold blessing for pets
    In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul’s Peace Church will host a community wide Blessing of Pets at its 10 a.m. service  Sunday morning.
    Everyone is welcome to bring their furry family members to the church at Eighth Street and National Avenue for individual blessings. Owners are asked to keep pets under control at all times.

  • Habitat benefit opens Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery presents an exhibit and silent auction featuring potter Paul Volckening’s work to benefit Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity.

    The exhibit opens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with an auction preview and opening bids. The closing reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Volckening will be at both events at Ray Drew Gallery in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.