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Today's News

  • EDITORIAL: Controlling city traffic

    Here’s an idea: Since the city is pondering weight restrictions along Seventh Street, let’s just restrict all heavy trucks to Interstate 25. And to slow traffic through our residential neighborhoods, let’s just reduce the speed limit everywhere to 10 mph — with speed bumps placed on every block to ensure travelers will abide by the reduced speed limit.

  • TRIPP'S TRIPPIN': Annual Stu Clark Awards time

    It is time once again for the annual Stu Clark Awards. Before we go through the awards, wouldn’t it be nice to come up with a mascot for the award? How about asking Ernest Armijo over at Armijo Glassworks to come up with a design, then put it in one of those nice glass trophies?

  • WLV runners set sights for Australia

    Azelynn Ulibarri doesn’t know a whole lot about Australia, she’ll admit.

    “They have cool accents,” she offered. “And pretty beaches.”

    Ulibarri, a West Las Vegas junior, and WLV freshman Gabriela Piña hope to get to know the Land Down Under a heck of a lot better by this summer. The two Lady Dons cross country runners have been selected to represent New Mexico in the 21st Annual Down Under Sports Tournaments beginning July 11.

  • EDITORIAL: No fair warning

    Qwest has a monopoly over phone service in much of New Mexico; it is granted that right through the state Public Regulation Commission.

    We hope that Qwest, a private company, would look out for its customers’ interests, but last week, the telecommunications giant failed in that regard.

  • COLUMN: 'Get a life' or "Go for it'

    Is there any cure for language purists of my ilk? Will I/we ever be able to relax, irrespective of the knowledge that somewhere in the world public signs with misspellings abound?

    Being a newly dubbed strait-laced language cop, I get it back twice as hard as I give. I parade around commenting on other people’s typos, but when something I write, and by extension, something that appears in the Optic, has a glaring error, we catch it (the scorn, not the error).

    How does it feel, Art?

    A couple of examples:

  • COLUMN: 222 pounds OK -- for a 9-footer

    A few hours ago, hundreds of millions watched the ball drop on Times Square, signaling the start of a new year, one of hope and promise, if not of prosperity.

    As they sang an ancient lay — something about an elderly man named Lang who owns an old sign — many people celebrated by uncorking bottles of champagne and later waking up to a man-sized headache today.         

    As for me, the real ache is a couple of feet lower.

    Let me explain:

  • 2 men rescued in recent blizzard

    Local search and rescue teams recently rescued two men who were lost in a blizzard near Sapello.

    The two men left around 2:30 p.m Dec. 22 from a cabin at Rincon Montoso, with plans to hike about three miles to Lone Pine Mesa above Sapello Canyon, according to a press release from San Miguel Search and Rescue.

    Around 4:45 p.m., the state police received a call from the two men, who said they were lost, the press release states.

  • ‘Excess energy’ issue remains

    The Dec. 26 paper had an article titled “PRC expands solar Incentives.” Solar, wind, alternative energy — we need to move in this direction sooner rather than later, right?

    The state Public Regulation Commission now requires PNM to pay (or better credit) businesses 15 cents per kilowatt hour they produce via solar, whereas the incentive for homes remains at 13 cents per kilowatt hour. Now, why is that? Is the solar power generated by businesses on their roofs somehow more valuable than the solar power generated on my residential roof?

  • COLUMN: Want a job? Talk to Marty

    Have you been passed up for a job opportunity at a local government agency for someone less qualified? You have the right degrees, years of experience, a record of accomplishments, a great list of references.

    But you forgot to do one thing — you didn’t talk with the morning coffee klatch at Hillcrest Restaurant.

    Oops. Apparently such a mistake can be a career killer.

  • Official: Housing agency improving

    In a long-awaited appearance before the City Council, a federal official said Wednesday that the city is making progress in removing its housing authority from troubled status.

    The official, Floyd Duran, also defended himself against allegations by a former employee that he had tried to “torpedo” the local authority.