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Today's News

  • Surprise guest moves on

    Oso, the brown bear that took up residence atop a towering evergreen in Lincoln Park earlier this week, has moved on.

    The male bear lumbered down the tree on its own at about 4:15 a.m. on Thursday. But the story doesn’t end there.

    City crews, eager to haul away the barricades that had been set up to keep people away, spooked the bear, causing him to run back up the same tree, state Game & Fish spokesman Clint Henson said.

  • A first- generation success story

    She grew up in a working class Hispanic family in a small town in Texas, graduated in the top 10 percent of her high school class and desperately wanted to go to college.

    But it almost didn’t happen.

    Teresita Aguilar — Highlands University’s current provost and a finalists for the president’s job — recalls that her father refused to fill out the Free Application for Student Aid. Without student aid, there was no way that Aguilar could afford to go to college.

  • Watershed stewards - All for the love of God’s land

    Submitted to the Optic

    Virginia Duran and her husband, Ron, take seriously their responsibility to care for God’s land.

    They consider the little ribbon of the Gallinas River that runs through their property a small piece of heaven on earth, and they care for it that way. With both a spiritual and social connection to the land, the Durans live with the sometimes temperamental Gallinas River in their back yard. They adapt to its ebb and flow and its meanderings.

  • A quick look at the Gallinas Watershed

    By The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance
    Gallinas Watershed Problems
    • Water temperature is too high in the Gallinas River, according to EPA and New Mexico Environment Department water quality standards. This causes high evaporation, excessive algae growth, and poses problems for trout survival and survival of the organisms that trout depend on.

  • Calls mount for a special session

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    A growing number of cities are urging Gov. Susana Martinez to overcome an impasse and call a special session to consider funding more than $260 million in public improvement projects around the state.

    The capital outlay bill stalled on the final day of the legislative session in March and much finger-pointing has followed.

    Martinez initially resisted the call for a special session, saying she wanted to make sure the outcome would be different.

  • Jail Log - April 24, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 10 and April 21:

    John Alvey, 53, Drug Court violation, three-day commitment, San Miguel District
    Christopher Manzanares, 33, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal
    Scott Eaves, 42, receiving or transferring stolen vehicles or motor vehicles, careless driving, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, driving on suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate

  • Looking Back - April 24, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - April 24, 2015

    Mora Chamber holding fundraiser
    Mora Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Luau from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, April 25 at the Mora VFW. A dance will follow the dinner with music by “Quemoso.”

  • Weather - April 24, 2015

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 15-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.

    Sunday

  • Correction - April 24

    The Optic erroneously identified Presidential Search Committee Chairman Doyle Daves as the head of the Highlands Foundation. Daves’ term as head of the Highlands Foundation ended in October.