Local News

  • Mora schools chief gets new contract

    Mora Superintendent Ella Arellano has been given a two-year contract extension.

    Arellano said the board approved the additional two-years by a unanimous board vote. She has been at the helm of the district since early September when she was named acting superintendent after the abrupt resignation of LeAnne Salazar-Montoya. Her new contract will run until June 2019.

    “I really want to thank the board for being supportive and for all their hard work,” Arellano said. “I am very grateful to have this opportunity to lead Mora.”

  • Jail Log - Feb. 24, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 14  and Feb. 16:
    Samantha Urrutia, 28, bench warrant: failure to appear, Adult Probation Office
    Jason Jaramillo, 26, probation hold: being held for investigation, Adult Probation Office
    Ashley Fernandez, 26, bench warrant: fraud - falsely obtaining services or accommodation, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • Weather - Feb. 24, 2017


    HIGH 43° / LOW 16°
    Sunny, with a high near 43. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 25 to 30 mph in the afternoon.
    6:35 a.m. to 5:52 p.m.


    HIGH 48° / LOW 27°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. West win 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
    6:34 a.m. to 5:53 p.m.


  • Liquor license proposal rejected

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to deny an application for a liquor license transfer that would have allowed the Giant station in Romeroville to begin selling package liquors.

    Among those who argued against the transfer was Ray Collins, who lost his daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters in an alcohol related crash east of Santa Fe in 2006.

  • Powerful play - Nat Gold offers ‘Grim Paperwork’ in local performance

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nat Gold Players will be performing the original dark comedy “Grim Paperwork” by James Walczy on Saturday, Feb. 25, at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU Campus. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with the show at 7.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Let’s be outrageous!

    By Beth Urech

    Years ago, newly arrived in Chicago from Zurich, I attended a Storytelling Workshop in a knotty-pine-paneled basement in Evanston.

  • House unveils budget plan

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Democratic majority in the New Mexico House of Representative pushed forward Monday with a budget plan that would hold state government spending steady in the coming fiscal year, as the state wrestles with stunted revenues linked to a downturn in the oil sector and a sluggish economy.

    The $6.1 billion spending bill would maintain current overall funding levels for public schools, boost resources for the judiciary and restore money for business incentives linked to expansions and job training.

  • Trump denounces threats against centers

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday denounced recent threats against Jewish community centers as “horrible ... painful” and said more must be done “to root out hate and prejudice and evil.”

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Anton Chico man killed
    ANTON CHICO — A 19-year-old man has died in a one-vehicle accident near Anton Chico.
    New Mexico State Police say 19-year-old Mario Maestas of Anton Chico ran off the roadway Sunday morning on State Road 451, overturned his vehicle and collided with a tree.
    He was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Woman killed by husband
    FARMINGTON — Authorities say a Lee Acres woman whose throat was cut by her husband has since died from her injuries.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 22, 2017

    Friday, Feb. 24, 1967 — Officers of the newly organized New Mexico Highlands University Veterans Club were recently elected. They are Willie Garcia, Las Vegas, president; Don Svet, West Virginia, vice president; Donald Hatcher, Florida, treasurer; Julian Rains, Las Vegas, parliamentarian; and Robert Coca, Las Vegas, secretary. The organization is open to all students who have served in the armed forces.