Today's News

  • Refuge tapping into Storrie Lake water allotment

    Submitted to the Optic

    The formal drought declaration made by Gov. Susana Martinez last month illustrates just how dire the situation is in New Mexico.

    Consider that, according to the state engineer, 90 percent of the state faced severe drought conditions at some point during the last year, with the remaining areas facing moderate drought.

    To make matters worse, 2011 was recorded as the second-driest year on record.   

  • Repeat Award
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Court rules against Christian photographer
    ALBUQUERQUE  — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that a professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated New Mexico’s discrimination law.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the court agreed last Thursday with a previous ruling, stating the photo studio is considered a public accommodation, similar to a restaurant or store.

  • Court rejects second look at gay marriage ban

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a landmark ruling by two of its member judges that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

    Backers of the ban, known as Proposition 8, petitioned the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February to review the decision instead of appealing directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Dairies close due to high prices

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A dramatic increase in the price of hay and corn and low milk prices are putting some New Mexico dairies out of business.

    Dairy Producers of New Mexico President Luke Woelber tells the Albuquerque Journal that he knows of five dairies in the eastern and southern part of the state that have closed in the face of feed costs that have doubled in the past few years.

  • A tough hit for the Plaza

    There’s no getting around the fact that the Plaza Hotel’s impending descent into receivership is tough news for Las Vegas and its economy, but it may not turn out as bad as it might seem at this moment. First off, there’s no indication that the hotel will cease to operate. Plus, there’s a realistic possibility that it will make a rebound in the months and years ahead.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 6, 2012
  • Work of Art - Girls are smarter, aren’t they?

    Girls are smarter than boys, aren’t they? It depends on who’s asking and who’s being asked. My experience is that the first person to ask is considered “right.”

    Let me explain:

    Back in my childhood, I believed that girls were smarter. Why? Well, because they raised their hands faster when Sister Mary Muy Catolica of Immaculate Conception School would ask, for example, “Who knows the first commandment?”

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  • Noticias - June 6, 2012

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