Local News

  • Highlands tuition going up

    New Mexico Highlands University regents voted Monday to increase tuition and fees, a move the school’s administration said will result in more money for faculty and staff salaries.

    The decision came amid good financial news delivered by Highlands President Jim Fries. After three years of declining state appropriations, the university will see $1.5 million in increased state funding during the fiscal year that begins July 1.

  • Caregiver charged in check theft

    A home healthcare worker has been charged with several felonies after she allegedly stole one of her client’s checkbooks and wrote checks to herself.

    Amanda Patron, 29, was arrested last week and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center. She has since been released.

    She has been charged with burglary, a third-degree felony, forgery and fraud, both fourth-degree felonies and larceny, a misdemeanor.

  • SynergyFest

    By Birdie Jaworski
    For the Optic

    Nuclear plant failure. Oil disruption in the Middle East. The highest global food prices in decades, political gridlock relative to education and the economy, climate change, economic dependence on cheap foreign labor, growing reliance on power for internet and other technologies, water issues, the fluctuating status of the dollar — the world turns more terrifying with every newsflash cascading across your smart phone’s screen.

  • Cutworm moths invade state

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico is being invaded — by moths.

    The army cutworm moths that descend every year have arrived in levels not seen since 2003, swarming homes and bike trails, even disrupting operations at the Apache Point Observatory outside of Las Cruces.

  • Looking Back - April 25, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, April 25 — A novel and interesting act will be offered by Duncan and Browne Theatre in the appearance of Walter McDougall, a rapid-fire cartoonist. Mr. McDougall will entertain the patrons of that popular playhouse with lightning cartoons of prominent political figures in national life and will also depict in good-natured cartoons some of the local businessmen.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 25, 2012

    Prayer vigil to be held Thursday

    A prayer vigil to commemorate April as Child Abuse Awareness month will be held from noon to 1 p.m. this Thursday in front of the San Miguel County Courthouse. Participants are asked to wear blue.

  • Weather - April 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 52. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Isolated thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Windy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 39.

  • Police commander under fire for e-mail

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque police commander is under fire after he sent an e-mail to neighborhood leaders blaming two dozen officer-involved shootings on bad parenting, schools and the news media.

    Foothills Area Commander Cliff Saylor’s email from earlier this month also faulted courts, the mental health profession and the men shot for not following orders, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • High court hears Arizona immigration dispute

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court will referee another major clash between the Obama administration and the states, this one over Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. The case could add fuel to the partisan split over tough state immigration laws backed by Republicans but challenged by the administration.

    Like last month’s arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the immigration case is expected to be decided at the end of June.

  • NM Land Office, UNM sign research agreement

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Land Office and the University of New Mexico have signed an agreement that clears the way for sharing information about plant and animal species on state trust lands.

    The memorandum of understand was signed during a ceremony Monday on the university’s campus in Albuquerque.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the agreement will lead to a better understanding of state trust lands as well as better management practices.