Today's News

  • Lawmakers counter Trump

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Several countermeasures against directives from President Donald Trump are making their way through New Mexico’s Democratic-controlled Legislature.

    Lawmakers in the House are preparing for a vote as soon as Tuesday on a bill to prohibit state cooperation with federal efforts to extend a wall at the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Other pending bills seek to ensure the New Mexico National Guard and state and local law enforcement steer clear of enforcing federal immigration law.

  • New culture, customs, land, language - Refugees share stories

    MONTEZUMA — Just how bad are conditions in places like central Africa, Chad, Syria and Afghanistan?

    Bad enough that some refugees wait, their lives in limbo, for anywhere from 18 months to seven years to reach the U.S. or Canada.

    Fleeing seemingly endless war and strife, threats of violence and political, religious or economic persecution, refugees  often leave their home countries with little more than the clothes on their backs, trading the familiar for a fighting chance in a strange new land with different culture, language and customs.

  • Weather - March 1, 2017


    HIGH 48° / LOW 18°
    Sunny, with a high near 48. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:30 a.m. to 5:56 p.m.


    HIGH 55° / LOW 24°
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.
    6:29 a.m. to 5:57 p.m.


  • Spreading awareness
  • Presbyterian church accepting Mustard Seed grant proposals

    Submitted to the Optic

    The First United Presbyterian Church announces its 19th offering of Mustard Seed Grants. Mustard Seed was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund one-time/start-up projects of various community groups.

    The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, “With Christ as the center of our ministry, FUPC is dedicated to sharing the love of Christ in our community and beyond.”

  • Que Pasa - March 1, 2017

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    7 p.m.
    The El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumer’s Association Board will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 2, at 49 Mirasol Road. The meeting is open and all are welcome to attend.

    7:30 p.m.

  • Forest use plan in focus Wednesday

    Public input is being sought for the development of a wide-ranging plan to guide land use and protection in the Santa Fe National Forest over the next 10-15 years.

    The first of a series of public meetings is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Highlands’ Victoria D. de Sanchez Teacher Education Center, room 203.

    This round of public meetings will give members of the public the opportunity to learn more about the plan, including the criteria used to define an eligible wild and scenic river, and provide input to the process.

  • Cultural show Saturday at UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA students from the Middle East and India will present a cultural show at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at Kluge Auditorium on the UWC campus in Montezuma.

    Through songs, dances and skits, the students will share aspects of their region’s cultures and heritage.

    The show is free and open to the public. For more information, call 426-3373.

  • Civil rights is federal issue

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from The Concord Monitor (N.H.) and was published Feb. 23.

    We were reminded this week of an old George Carlin quote that was printed on the Monitor’s Forum page not long ago:

    “Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves yet. We haven’t learned how to care for one another.” It’s true, especially that last part, and if you need evidence just ask a transgender person.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 1, 2017