Today's News

  • UPDATE: Surge in river not as bad as expected

    Update 1 p.m.: The surge of water in the Gallinas River wasn't as bad as expected, aleviating fears of a repeat of Friday's flooding. The river walk remains closed, however, and the possibility of additional heavy rain on Sunday afternoon and night remains.

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    More flooding is occurring in San Miguel County this morning, as the heavy rain that fell in Las Vegas and surrounding areas Saturday night once again swells the Gallinas River.

  • BREAKING: Gov. Martinez declares disaster

    The flooding in San Miguel County and other areas of New Mexico prompted Gov. Susana Martinez to sign an executive order Friday declaring an emergency.

    "Through this executive order, I have directed state government resources to ensure the safety and well being of everyone affected by these heavy storms," Martinez said in a release. "As the heavy rains continue, I encourage all New Mexicans to continue to pay attention to your local weather forecast and be aware of warnings wherever you are."

  • Ruptured canal contributing to flooding

    A portion of the earthen canal that carries floodwaters to Storrie Lake ruptured either late Thursday or early Friday, and that has contributed to the flooding that has taken place, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said at a news conference Friday afternoon.

    The emergency operations center has been activated, and a hotline has been established to answer calls from the public.

    That number is 454-3700.

    Ortiz said the rupture occurred east of Bradner Dam near the village of Los Vigiles.

  • 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.