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Today's News

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 5, 2017
  • Work of Art: ‘“And I’m like ‘wow!’”

    There’s a phenomenon that I must be heir to, something I’ve mentioned before in this column. It has to do with hearing a word that seems new — and then hearing it dozens of times, often that same day.

  • Fiesta Run draws hundreds

    At the front of the pack for most of Sunday morning’s 5-kilometer race, Miguel Coca crossed the finish line to secure first place. And then he went back the way he had run, trotting up the sidewalk to cheer his friends on their way to the finish line.

    It’s hardly an uncommon practice for participants in the annual Las Vegas Fiesta Run to get in some extra mileage that way. Some who finish relatively early retrace their steps and end up running or walking an additional mile or more, rooting for compatriots farther back in the pack of either the 5K or 10K races.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - July 5, 2017

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Sacramento River Cats, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball
    • City league games TBA, Rodriguez Park

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Las Vegas 51s, 7:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    Softball

  • City, county both hear ‘sanctuary’ requests

    What, exactly, is a “sanctuary community”?

    The term, frequently applied to cities, seems to have slightly different meanings around the U.S., as immigrant populations and local opinion on issues vary greatly. Two San Miguel County governing bodies have recently heard from area residents regarding what a “sanctuary status” means to them.

  • Forgotten heroes

    Old Optic newspaper clippings explain Roberto Garcia’s time in war: “Wounded in action,” “Another Las Vegan wounded in Korea,” and “Las Vegan decorated.” His actions during battle displayed his bravery, heroics, and sacrifices while serving his country. Two Purple Hearts, four Bronze Star Medals, the Occupation of Japan Medal, the Distinguished Unit emblem, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Korean Service Medal are his collection of awards and decorations for his time in the Army during the Korean War.

  • In Brief - News - July 2, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Western to be filmed in N.M.
    SANTA FE  — A series of feature-length Westerns backed by the Coen Brothers and Annapurna Pictures will begin filming in northern New Mexico in July.

    The New Mexico Film Office says work on “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” will run through September. More than 180 crew members, 16 actors and hundreds of background talent will be hired for the project.

    Exact filming locations were not immediately disclosed.

  • Trump travel ban now includes fiancés

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has apparently altered its definition of a “bona fide” relationship, adding fiancés of people in the U.S. to its list of people who are exempt from its travel ban from six mainly Muslim nations.

  • Jail Log - July 2, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 23 and June 29:

  • Monuments a point of contention in D.C.

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — Desert ranchers in New Mexico are hoping the new GOP administration in Washington will dramatically shrink a recently designated national monument in the south of the state where outlaw Billy the Kid and Apache leader Geronimo once sought refuge.

    The Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument is among 27 monuments where a review ordered by President Donald Trump might remove protections previously considered irreversible.