Today's News

  • Highlands prez to retire

    Nearly eight years after returning to New Mexico Highlands University as its president, Jim Fries has announced that he is planning to retire.  

    The president announced his decision to faculty and staff on Wednesday, saying it’s something he has been contemplating for at least a year.

  • Senior profile - Macario and Ana Marie Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    From serving on the City Council and feeding the hungry to counseling West Las Vegas students and renovating old adobe homes, Macario and Ana Marie Gonzales devote their time to causes that matter in the community.

    The Gonzaleses, now in their 70s, have had to slow down a bit in recent years due to health scares, but they remain active.

  • In Mora, commission, sheriff posts on the line

    While most local races in Mora County were decided during the June primary, two county races are up for grabs in the Nov. 4 general election.

    The District 1 Commission race pits incumbent Paula A. Garcia, a Democrat, against Republican Tim E. Fresquez.

  • National mood flavors NM races for congress

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The battle for New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seat is intensifying as Election Day approaches, and incumbent Democrat Tom Udall and Republican challenger Allen Weh are scrambling to secure the votes of those who remain undecided.

    The distance between Udall and Weh is shrinking as the retired Marine colonel’s campaign works to capitalize on general frustration with the Obama administration and the lack of progress in Washington on a host of issues.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 31, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Oct. 29 — Four Highlands University coeds have been nominated for Homecoming Queen. They are Aileen Armijo, senior from Las Vegas; Mary London-Walker, senior from Houston, Texas; Concha Madrid, senior from Española; and Selsa Martinez, junior from Taos. The queen will be crowned during the halftime intermission at Highlands Homecoming game Saturday afternoon. Dr. Ralph Carlisle Smith, dean of the graduate division, will be master of ceremonies.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 31, 2014

    Early voting still possible

    San Miguel County residents wishing to cast an early vote for Tuesday’s general election have until Saturday. Ballots may be cast until 5 p.m. at the San Miguel County Clerk’s office or at the San Miguel Senior Citizens from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday. The senior citizens center is on Highway 3 in the Valley.

  • Weather - Oct. 31, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. South wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers after 7 p.m. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 43.

    A 10 percent chance of showers before 7 a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

  • Fall Back

    Daylight Saving time ends at 2 a.m. Sunday so remember to set your clocks back one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

  • Voter ID focus of secretary of state race

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran is fighting to keep her job in a close race that has her pitted against Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

    A major focus has been voter ID.

    Duran is seeking to become the first Republican re-elected to the seat in decades and hopes her push for new voter ID measures puts her over the top. Citing fraud concerns, Duran said new laws were needed to preserve the integrity of the election process.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 31, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 21 and Oct. 27:

    Anna Tafoya , 32, two-week commitment drug court violation
    Richard Madrid, 57, drug court violation: positive UA (alcohol)
    Annette Romero, 30, probation violation: positive UA (cocaine)
    Zaryen Griego, 18, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, bench warrant Mora
    Augustine Coca, 23, probation violation: positive UA (meth)