Today's News

  • On Sept. 11 anniversary, appeals to remember

    By Jennifer Peltz and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Relatives of Sept. 11 victims marked the anniversary of the terror attacks Friday at ground zero with grief, gratitude and appeals to keep the toll front of mind after the passage of 14 years.

  • PBS Latino Americans film to screen Sept. 15, Oct. 13

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two episodes of the landmark 2013 PBS documentary Latino Americans, the first to chronicle the rich history and experiences of Latinos in the United States, will screen at Highlands University Sept. 15 and Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.

    The Sept. 15 episode is titled “Foreigners in Their Own Land,” while the Oct. 13 episode is titled “War and Peace.” Both screenings are free and will be in the Student Union Building Theater.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 13, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 29 and Sept. 4:
    Louie Mares Jr., 49, holding for court
    Fabian Valencia, 28, forgery, fraud, possession of stolen credit card, breaking and entering, possession of drug paraphernalia, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Tracy Crespin, 29, suspended/revoked, speeding
    Mary Leach, 41, DWI
    Robert Saiz, 43, voluntary manslaughter
    Betina Martinez, 42, aggravated battery on household member
    Bernadette Salazar, 51, abandonment/abuse of child, DWI

  • A costly lesson

    Officials at state and local agencies throughout New Mexico should take note of a ruling issued by Santa Fe District Judge Sara Singleton last week.

    Singleton ordered the state’s Public Education Department to pay more than $14,000 in legal fees because it failed to respond to a public records request submitted by the National Education Association. The $14,000 in legal fees is in addition to a $485 fine PED was ordered to pay in July for violating the state’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

  • Just a Thought - We are missing the entire racial issue

    By Rick Kraft

    There are some topics that are so controversial that whatever you say about them will offend someone. The easiest way to handle these is to not address them. Well, I think I will throw caution to the wind and do so anyway.

    We are living in a time of skin color related stresses. From Ferguson to Charleston to Baltimore, racial issues seem to be running rampant. Each of us is a package of biases and prejudices. There, I have said it. And your skin color doesn’t make you immune.

  • Another perspective - Collaboration equals success

    By Sharon Vander Meer

    Economic development is a team effort. All of us are working toward a common aim – an improved economy based on careful consideration of resources, environment, culture, history, and tradition. Each of us brings something unique to the table.

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel County Economic Development Corporation is proud to partner with MainStreet de Las Vegas, the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce, and Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance to bring about planned progress.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 13
  • Editorial Roundup - September 13, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle on common core in New York (Sept. 6).
    Parents and teachers, pay attention.
    New York state is temporarily turning back the clock on Common Core. We are traveling back to 2010, when the initial standards were adopted. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to take another look at the “standards, curriculum, guidance and tests.” He says he wants to find out what went wrong and fix it.

  • YHEC does well in competition

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Youth Hunter Education Club members attended the Northern New Mexico Clay Target Challenge recently.

    The tournament was jointly sponsored by the hosting Los Alamos Sportsman’s Club, New Mexico Game and Fish and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

    Competitions were held in trap, bunker trap, five stand and Annie Oakley (an elimination contest) with first place medals awarded for boys and girls in three age categories.

  • Palabras Pintorescas: My unexpected visit with Dr. Tice

    The old boxes of books stored here keep me busy — busy going back in time with my vast family history. Most of the medical library is now housed at our University of New Mexico medical school, and I’m confident scholars there find these old books and their often dog- eared pages interesting.