Today's News

  • BREAKING: Major flooding forcing evacuations

    UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: The County of Mora has declared a state of emergency due to flooding in the area.

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  • Shoddy work costing city

    A utilities crew addressing deteriorating water lines on the West side cut corners while patching roads, and the city’s top official says the mistake is going to end up costing the city.

    The mistake is also affecting residents who live on Montezuma, Lopez, Silva and McRae. All four of those streets had been scheduled to be resurfaced through the Cutler process used on 18 other streets in Las Vegas over the summer.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 13, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, Sept. 9 — One of the outstanding social events of the season was held Saturday evening at the Old Mill at Pendaries Village, with Col. and Mrs. William Salman of La Cueva as host and hostess. The affair was held in honor of Col. and Mrs. Salman’s house guests, Mr. and Mrs. Irvin Shlenker, Col. and Mrs. A.A. Kaufman and Mrs. Meyer Efron, all of Houston, Texas. Among the distinguished guests attending were Gov. and Mrs. Jack M. Campbell, Mr and Mrs. Joseph Bursey and Mr. John E. Miles. About 50 attended.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 13, 2013

    SolanoFest is Saturday

    SolanoFest IX, Saturday, Sept. 14, at Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County, Dutch Oven Cook-Off from noon to 3 p.m., arts and crafts booths open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dance to the music of Will Bannister and the Mulberry Band from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. For information about the Dutch Oven Cook-Off, call 575-673-2326.

  • Weather - Sept. 13, 2013

    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 51. South wind 5-15 mph.

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 49.

  • Remembering the victims
  • Overdose deaths still high in county

    Drug overdose deaths in New Mexico decreased in 2012, but in San Miguel County the number of people who died from overdoses over the same period remained flat.

    Department of Health statistics released to the Optic this week show that 12 people died from drug overdoses in San Miguel County in 2012. That’s the same number of people who died of overdoses in the county in 2011 and more than double the number of overdose deaths in the county in 2000.

  • Gay marriage stirs little outcry in NM

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Lynn Ellins stunned New Mexico last month when the county clerk decided to begin issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. But even he was shocked by the lack of public outrage or protest to his decision, which set off a chain reaction that has for all practical purposes made gay marriage legal in the state.

  • 16 apply for public defender post

    Submitted to the Optic
    The New Mexico Public Defender Commission announced Wednesday that it has received 16 applications for the chief public defender positions.
    Applicants are:
    • Jorge Alvarado
    • Bennett Baur
    • John Henry Browne
    • Sophie Cooper
    • James Egar
    • Joseph Gandert
    • John Gross
    • Lelie Hood
    • Mary McMahon
    • Barry Porter
    • Marc Reitman
    • Tomas Rodriguez
    • Celia Rumann

  • Jail Log - Sept. 13, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 29 and Sept. 6:
    Dominic Branch, 21, probation violation: failure to appear, absconding, Adult Probation Office
    Henry Santillanes, 56, criminal damage to property
    Carmen Salazar, 19, shoplifting larceny
    Anthony Flores, 51, shoplifting, child abuse, bench warrant  LV Municipal/SM Magistrate
    Robert Sena, 51, criminal sexual penetration, dwelling, burglary