Local News

  • Commission adopts pet ordinance

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt a new pet ordinance that San Miguel County Sheriff Gary Gold says will finally give his office the tools it needs to address animal control issues in the county.

    The commission adopted the proposed ordinance without any changes, despite requests from several county residents that it be tweaked. County Manager Les Montoya said it will become effective in December, 30 days after the vote.

  • Honoring their sacrifice
  • NM gets D- in state integrity investigation

    By Gwyneth Doland
    Center for Public Integrity

    In 2010 Dianna Duran ran for secretary of state as a reform candidate who would clean things up in the wake of scandals that had plagued the office’s two previous occupants.

  • Company lays off 67 workers

    The Associated Press

    FARMINGTON — An oilfield service company in the Four Corners region has laid off 67 workers, citing low oil and gas prices.

    Baker Hughes Pressure Pumping district manager Robert “Kevin” Jones told the Daily Times of Farmington that the company announced the layoffs on Tuesday.

  • Archbishop: ‘Spotlight’ to bring up ‘horrific’ past

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The upcoming release a movie detailing the Boston Globe’s 2002 investigation into the church’s cover-up of clergy abuse may bring up “horrific memories” for New Mexico victims of sex abuse, Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester said.

    In a recent letter to Archdiocese of Santa Fe priests and parishioners last week, Wester said that the movie “Spotlight” is a chance for the faithful to pray for abuse victims.

  • Jail Log Nov. 13, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 5 and Nov. 9:

    David Rivas, 31, three-day commitment
    Patrick Gonzales, 26, sobriety court violation
    Jenny Montaño, 30, driving on suspended revoked license, no insurance
    Rico Martinez, 26, theft of a credit card and burglary of a motor vehicle, possession of a controlled substance, bench warrant, SM District /SM Magistrate
    Carlos Ortega, 35, 12- day commitment
    Robert Sanchez, 28, seven-day commitment

  • Hospitals see lower costs since insurance expansion

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Hospitals in New Mexico are reporting lower costs for providing care to patients without insurance since the state expanded Medicaid under President Barack Obama’s health care law.

    That a report by the Legislative Finance Committee shows more patients are covered with some type of private insurance or government-issued Medicaid coverage, lowering the cost of indigent care for hospitals across the state, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Weather Nov. 13, 2015


    HIGH 54° / LOW 25°

    Sunny, with a high near 54. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6:34 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.



    HIGH 60° / LOW 32°

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:35 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.


  • HU music department to perform two concerts

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents two concerts in November featuring jazz and Christmas songs.
    The Highlands University Jazz Ensemble performs at 7 p.m. today (Friday) in the Student Union Building Ballroom, 800 National Ave.

    The Highlands Madrigal Choir performs “Canciones de Navidad y Amor,” Songs of Christmas and Love, at 3 p.m. on Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

  • Exhibit features photos by Ellison, Querry and Robbins

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robert Frank, called by the New York Times “the most influential photographer alive,” once declared that “Black and white are the colors of photography.”  And so, in what may seem an ironic title for the Las Vegas Arts Council’s 140 Gallery November Exhibition, Black and White is More, we are treated to selections from the work of three master practitioners of black and white photography as art:  Bart Ellison of Manuelitas, Elaine Querry of Las Vegas, and Ford Robbins of Santa Fe.