Today's News

  • Regents set goals for new prez

    Sam Minner took over as president of New Mexico Highlands University just last Wednesday and already he has a sizeable to-do list that is sure to keep him busy for much of his first year here.

    The university released a copy of Minner’s employment contract to the Optic late Thursday. Among the things it outlines are six goals regents want the new president to accomplish during his first year on the job.

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  • Gov: Tougher ‘three strikes’ law needed

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The state’s “three strikes” law is weak and doesn’t do enough to take violent criminals off the streets, New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said.

    While promoting a new law that expands the state’s Amber Alerts to cellphones, the Republican said last week she’d like to see a tougher three strikes law in New Mexico and hopes lawmakers examine it next session. Martinez said New Mexico’s three strikes law is so narrow that no inmate is currently serving a life sentence under it.

  • Prosecutor named to public defender group

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico governor’s reappointment of a career prosecutor to the Public Defender Commission has revived lawmakers’ questions about whether Republican Susan Riedel is legally qualified for the post.

    Riedel resigned from the commission before its January 2014 meeting to run for attorney general but lost the race. Gov. Susana Martinez reappointed Riedel on Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

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  • In Brief - News - July 6, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Partially buried body found
    ALBUQUERQUE, — Albuquerque police found a body in what appears to be a shallow grave in the southwest part of the city.
    Police say the body, which was partially buried under a concrete slab, was recovered Friday near Bluewater and Airport Drive.
    Police spokesman Simon Drobik says someone reported the body Thursday after seeing a hand sticking out of some dirt and a sock.

  • World’s largest folk art market to open

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — It’s more than the world’s largest folk art market. It’s about keeping traditions alive and helping artisans from developing countries use their skills to start their own businesses.

    Now in its 12th year, the International Folk Art Market will feature more than 150 artists who will be showcasing everything from hand-woven baskets and blankets to vessels hammered out of silver, colorful carvings, ceramics, jewelry and intricate beadwork.

  • Looking Back - July 6, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, July 8 — Chris Gallegos has purchased Graham’s Pharmacy, Sixth and University, from Greg Romero who is retiring from business. Gallegos, a graduate of the University of New Mexico, is a pharmacist. He is from Española.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 6, 2015

    Mud volleyball and horseshoe tournament
    A mud volleyball and horseshoe benefit tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 11 at the San Miguel Sheriff’s Posse Grounds in Pecos. For more information, call Ira Harge at 426-7569, Dominic Baca at 505-629-3861 or Mike Sandoval at 505-490-2040.

  • Weather - July 6, 2015

    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Northeast wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a low around 54. Northeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.