Today's News

  • Friction at Luna ‘hurting morale’

    Officials at Luna Community College agree that morale is bad at the school and that good employees are fleeing.

    During Tuesday’s board of trustees meeting, the announcement that Susan Grohman resigned late last week as director of the Health Sciences Department and that Conni Reichert had been named interim director prompted much consternation and finger pointing.

    “Why is there so much turnover?” board member Ernie Chavez asked pointedly. “I feel concerned because a lot of good people are leaving us.”

  • 2 decapitated in crash

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — Authorities say two people in northern New Mexico were decapitated after crashing into a flatbed carrying a backhoe.
    Española Public Safety director Eric Garcia said driver Marissa Martinez, 19, and passenger Eric Romero, 21, died instantly Wednesday morning on N.M. 68.
    According to a preliminary investigation, the pair may have been speeding when it struck a van, ricocheted, then slammed into the trailer.
    The driver of the flatbed was released without injuries.

  • Student loan plan fails

    By Philip Elliott
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The defeat of a student loan bill in the Senate on Wednesday clears the way for fresh negotiations to restore lower rates, but lawmakers are racing the clock before millions of students return to campus next month to find borrowing terms twice as high as when school let out.

  • Pairing of Asiana pilots probed in crash

    By Martha Mendoza
    The Associated Press
    SAN FRANCISCO — As Flight 214 descended over San Francisco Bay, both Asiana Airlines pilots were trying something new.
    In the left seat of the cockpit sat Lee Gang-kuk, a 46-year-old pilot with 35 hours of experience flying a Boeing 777 who was landing the big jet for his first time at San Francisco International Airport. At his right was Lee Jeong-Min, a trainer making his first trip as an instructor pilot.

  • Boston Marathon bombing suspect pleads not guilty

    By Denise Lavoie and Jay Lindsay
    The Associated Press
    BOSTON — His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first appearance in public since his capture in mid-April.
    As survivors of the bombing looked on, Tsarnaev, 19, gave a small, lopsided smile to his two sisters upon arriving in the courtroom. He appeared to have a jaw injury and there was swelling around his left eye and cheek.

  • Jail Log - July 12, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 2 and July 9:
    Lanette Romero, 49, new charges — resisting evading an officer, disorderly conduct, public nuisance  
    April Sandoval, 33, new charges ­— person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, failure to give immediate notice of an accident, leaving the scene, tampering with evidence, resisting evading an officer
    Jerry Mares, 36, failure to pay child support, failure to appear, residential burglary

  • Looking Back - July 12, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, July 10 — Rain over most of New Mexico this week has begun to ease the worst drought in 70 years for some sections of the state, but it may have come too late to help farmers much. “Available water is only 16 percent of the amount required to irrigate properly at this time of year,” said Hubert Ball, chief engineer of the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District.

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 12, 2013

    Las Vegas Annual Garden Tour is Saturday

    Visit a variety of Las Vegas gardens and talk to innovative gardeners during the Las Vegas Annual Garden Tour starting at 9 a.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $12 and are on sale at the Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation office at 116 Bridge St. For more information call 425-8803. Sponsored by CCHP, city lodgers’ tax and BTU Building Materials.

  • Weather - July 12, 2013

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 61. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.


  • Martinez praises former governor

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is among the dignitaries and mourners paid their respects to former Gov. David Cargo, who lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

    Martinez greeted Cargo’s family as they arrived Thursday at the Capitol. Family members walked into the building behind Cargo’s flag-draped casket, which was carried by State Police officers and National Guard troops.

    Martinez spoke to the family, telling them Cargo was an “amazing man.”