Local News

  • PBS Latino Americans film to screen Sept. 15, Oct. 13

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two episodes of the landmark 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans, the first to chronicle the rich history and experiences of Latinos in the United States, will screen at Highlands University Sept. 15 and Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

    The Sept. 15 episode is titled “Foreigners in Their Own Land,” while the Oct. 13 episode is titled “War and Peace.” Both screenings are free and will be in the Student Union Building Theater.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 13, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4:
    Louie Mares Jr., 49, holding for court
    Fabian Valencia, 28, forgery, fraud, possession of stolen credit card, breaking and entering, possession of drug paraphernalia, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Tracy Crespin, 29, suspended/revoked, speeding
    Mary Leach, 41, DWI
    Robert Saiz, 43, voluntary manslaughter
    Betina Martinez, 42, aggravated battery on household member
    Bernadette Salazar, 51, abandonment/abuse of child, DWI

  • Weather - Sept. 13, 2015


    HIGH 85° / LOW 51°
    Sunny, with a high near 85. West wind 5 to 10 mph.

    6:42 a.m. to 7:11 p.m.


    HIGH 82° / LOW 52°
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82.

    6:43 a.m. to 7:10 p.m.


    HIGH 81° / LOW 52°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 81.

    6:43 a.m. to 7:08 p.m.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 13, 2015

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  • Raises OKd for city workers

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve new contracts with the police and AFSCME unions that boosts pay for their members by 50 cents an hour. For full-time employees, the raise equates to an annual pay increase of $1,040.

    The 50-cent-per-hour increase is the same pay hike given to members of the city’s firefighters union in July, and it’s the same amount given to the city’s other non-bargaining employees on Aug. 22.

  • Studio Tour kicks off today

    This weekend you can experience the behind-the-scenes locations of where the magic happens for many local artists.

    The Second Annual Historic Studio Tour kicks off today (Friday) and runs until Sunday afternoon. The free tour will offer an opportunity to visit with roughly 60 artists either in their personal studios or at various locations.

  • Highlands awarded $3.3M grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    More Highlands University students will have a solid foundation for pursuing doctorate degrees in science and math, thanks to a $3.3-million National Science Foundation grant.

  • County mulls spending $40K for radio broadcasts

    The San Miguel County Commission may begin broadcasting its meeting on one of the local radio stations, but it’s going to cost some money.

    Local radio station KNMX is offering to broadcast the Commission’s regular monthly meetings for $34,560 a year. Special meetings that don’t exceed two hours would cost an additional $500.

  • House speaker names panel to investigate Duran

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico House Speaker Don Tripp announced Wednesday the creation of a 10-member bipartisan committee to investigate charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran and consider whether to recommend impeachment.

    Democrat Gail Chasey of Albuquerque and Republican Zach Cook of Ruidoso will serve as co-chairs of the special committee.

  • MVCHS celebrating 40th anniversary

    Submitted to the Optic
    Mora Valley Community Health Services has added new providers and expanded its services and hours of operation.
    MVCHS is also marking its 40th anniversary this year and is inviting the public to celebrate at an open house and barbecue from noon to 6 p.m. on Sept. 17.