Local News

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 27, 2012

    Free legal fair on Saturday

    Attorneys will be available this Saturday to give free legal information, answer legal questions and offer resource information to all citizens of Guadalupe, Mora and San Miguel Counties. The legal fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kennedy Hall on the Highlands University campus, located at National and University.

  • Weather - April 27, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38. North wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Jail Log - April 27, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 17 and April 22:

  • A gala fit for a PRESIDENT

    Saturday evening was all about glitz, glamour, roasting and more for the 2012 President’s Gala-Dollars for Scholars.

    The Wilson Complex was transformed from a basketball court to an elegant ballroom complete with giant screens and massive banners, courtesy of the New Mexico Highlands University’s Media Arts Department. Attendees arrived to a red carpet and were serenaded by the university’s Mariachi Vaqueros de la Sierra as they made their way into the facility.

  • BREAKING: Recording released in Mora Sheriff's altercation

    Incident reports and an audio recording released by state police Tuesday could spell trouble for Mora County Sheriff Thomas Garza, who has been accused of trying to let an acquaintance walk earlier this month after he was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk.

    The DWI arrest sparked a heated argument between Garza and then-deputy Lee Allingham on the evening of April 7, and part of that exchange, which involved yelling, threats from both parties and the sheriff saying, "I can do what I want," was recorded by another deputy on his iPhone.

  • 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.