Today's News

  • Life After Katrina

    Aug. 29 marked the 10th anniversary of one of America’s largest, widest-spreading catastrophes when Hurricane Katrina devastated the city of New Orleans and much surrounding territory in her wake.
    An estimated 1,200 to 1,800 people died, costs of the wreckage amounted to billions of dollars, and the population of that once major, vibrant city diminished in a matter of days.

  • Fort Union begins Artist-in-Residence program

    Submitted to the Optic
    A sculpture and installation artist who resides in Oregon, and a landscape photographer and former BLM law enforcement officer have been selected as Fort Union National Monument’s first Artists-in-Residence.
    The National Parks Arts Foundation, a non-profit, has been working with the National Park Service to launch the inaugural Fort Union National Monument Artist-in-Residence program. The artists, selected by a panel of judges, will spend the late fall months of October and November at the historic Northern New Mexico monument. 

  • GOP leaders seek to avert shutdown

    By Alan Fram
    and Andrew Taylor
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — A divided House voted Friday to block Planned Parenthood’s federal funds for a year, as Republican leaders tried to keep GOP outrage over abortion from spiraling into an impasse with President Barack Obama that could shut down the government.

  • What the Fed wants to see before raising rates

    By Jossh Boak
    AP Economics Writer
    WASHINGTON — So what will it take for the Federal Reserve to finally raise interest rates?
    The U.S. economy is now in its seventh straight year of expansion. It’s growing at a steady if unexciting 2.2 percent annual rate. Unemployment has sunk from a 10 percent peak to a reassuring 5.1 percent. Auto and home sales have accelerated.
    Yet on Thursday, Fed officials declined to lift rates from record lows.

  • Contributions of Hispanics to be celebrated

    By Ben Nuckols
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The first pope from the Americas will canonize a Spanish friar who brought the Catholic faith to California in front of the largest Catholic church in North America.
    There will be plenty of symbolism in Pope Francis’ visit to Washington next week, and the city’s archbishop said Thursday that while the pope will be speaking as a pastor, not a politician, he could address an issue that bitterly divides the nation’s leaders: immigration.

  • AP fact check: Off-base claims about vaccines, abortion

    By Calvin Woodward
    and David Crary
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — The latest Republican presidential debate laid bare unsupported claims about vaccines and abortion practices as well as inconsistencies and misrepresentations about foreign policy:

  • Feds to pay $940 million to settle claims over tribal contracts

    The Associated Press
    The Obama administration has agreed to pay hundreds of Native American tribes nearly $1 billion to settle a decades-old claim that the government failed to adequately compensate tribes while they managed education, law enforcement and other federal services.

  • Kudos to Highlands

    Gov. Susana Martinez was at Highlands University last week to highlight the innovative things the university is doing to try to boost its low graduation rate.
    The attention is well deserved.
    In an effort to get students to complete their degrees more quickly, Highlands is offering a $1,000 check to each member of the freshman class who completes a bachelor’s degree within four years. Regents also promised members of the freshman class that their tuition will not go up by more than six percent per year for the first four years that they are enrolled.

  • We had us a time, didn’t we?

    We’re proud of how the Cowboys’ Reunion Centennial events came out — the fabulous and dignified all-horse parade, the historical exhibit at the Ray Drew Gallery, the spectacular ranch rodeo, the panel of legendary ranchers and cowboys that closed out the Celebration.
    All were events where memories were recalled, to be sure, but all were events where memories were made, as well.

  • Living a world of broken promises

    Broken promises. They happen. They are unfortunate. They are a reality. They change lives. For some, they are too much of a way of life.
    Broken promises. There are industries that exist or even thrive because of these. Many professionals make a living off of broken promises. They are occupations that deal with people’s broken state of mind: psychologists, counselors, pastors, lawyers and the list goes on...