Today's News

  • Highlands faculty will get raises

    Tenured and tenure-track faculty at New Mexico Highlands University will be receiving raises of either 4 or 7 percent,  depending on their rank under the terms of an agreement the university has reached with the faculty association.

    The pay hikes will be effective for the 2012-13 academic year.

    Salaries for returning faculty will increase by 4 percent for assistant and associate professors. Returning full professors will get a 7 percent bump in pay.

  • Car chase lands woman behind bars

    A 43-year-old Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged last week after she allegedly drove her car onto oncoming traffic while chasing her husband.

    Brenda Gonzales, whose address in court documents is listed as Gabaldon Route, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a household member, a fourth-degree felony. She was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, and her bond was set at $5,000 cash.

  • Looking Back - News - May 17, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, May 17 — Lambs are reported to be dying off rapidly on account of snow. It is anticipated that the sheepmen of northern New Mexico have weathered severe times on account of the snow and the cold weather, which unfortunately have caused the deaths of a large number of young lambs. Harry W. Kelly of Gross Kelly and Company, talked over the telephone with people in various parts of the county and was informed that the damage will be considerable.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 16, 2012

    Glimpses of the Past “Freemasonry in the Southwest” presentation will be held this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. It’s free and open to the public. In March 1862, as Union soldiers reveled in the victory against a Confederate invasion in New Mexico, the first Masonic Lodge of the territory was started at Fort Union. From there, masonry has grown and expanded to four dozen lodges throughout the region.

  • Weather - May 16, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. South wind 10-20 mph, becoming west.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 50.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Partly cloudy, with a low around 50.

  • RHS music concert today

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School students will again showcase their band, mariachi, and small ensembles starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 16, at the Robertson High School Amphitheater.

    The Robertson High School Concert Band and Mariachi, under the direction of Martin Sena, is composed of young musicians from the school. On Wednesday evening, the band will perform a range of selections, including marches, overtures, ballads and contemporary rock music. The mariachi group will perform rancheras, boleros, huapangos, cumbias, and sones.

  • Que Pasa - May 16, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 16, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is     “Thomas and Percy and the Dragon” based on the Railway Series by the Rev. W. Awdry. Free and open to the public.


  • A ‘smell’ that won’t go away

    State District Judge Eugenio Mathis made an outstanding call last week when he ruled in favor of Rock Ulibarri in a case involving a pending election of the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative. The judge was bold and decisive in his use of the law to right a wrong that otherwise would have usurped a democratic process.

    Unfortunately, however, the process is still at risk of being usurped, but we’ll get to that in a minute.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 16, 2012
  • Work of Art - Election reaches new heights

    An article in the New Yorker once told of competition among purveyors of steaks along the tollways.

    My first experience with tollways — long before the Interstate network developed — was getting on the Turner Turnpike in Oklahoma, which in those days, the ‘60s, was the only way to drive across the state in less than a week.