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Today's News

  • Council approves contracts for top officials

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve eight-month contracts for the city manager, city attorney, police chief and city clerk, but those contracts give the mayor and Council the option of terminating any of those employees without penalty to the city even if there is no cause.

    The contracts for City Manager Richard Trujillo, City Attorney H. Chico Gallegos, Police Chief Juan Montaño and City Clerk Casandra Fresquez all run through Dec. 31, 2016.

  • Senior Profile: Dream of flying comes true

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    As 5-year old Rey Herrera was playing and tumbling in the grass, he heard a strange noise above him. He looked up at the sky and was mesmerized by some sort of huge bird or beast. He didn’t know he was seeing an airplane that first time, but he knew that he wanted to be up there.

    Decades later, he did become a pilot. In the interval, his life has been focused on keeping other pilots safe as they soar above the clouds.

  • State outlines cuts to Medicaid provider rates

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Human Services Department has released an outline of proposed cuts to reimbursement rates for Medicaid health care providers aimed at trimming up to $160 million in annual state and federal spending.

    The proposal would rescind previous reimbursement increases to nearly 2,000 general physicians and trim payment rates to hospitals by between 3 percent and 8 percent.

  • CYFD hopes to increase childcare safety

    The cost of childcare in New Mexico is roughly $8,000 a year for an infant, according to the Economic Policy Institute report released earlier this month.

    The cost has many people struggling to make ends meet. According to the institute, a non-profit advocacy group for low- and middle-income citizens, the cost is higher than a year’s tuition at some in-state colleges.

  • Jail Log April 29, 2016

    Alexiaray Archuleta, 35, hold for court
    Christopher Montaño, 26, DWI, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joseph Martinez Jr., 28, driving on suspended-revoked license, receiving or transferring stolen motor vehicles
    Joseph Herrera, 27, two-day commitment
    Lonnie Baca, 44, driving on suspended- revoked license, no insurance.
    Mario Ramirez, 37, abuse of a child
    Derek Andrade, 36, probation violation, failure to appear
    Orlando Hoskie, 30, failure to appear, DWI, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Thumbs April 29, 2016

    A JOB WELL DONE

  • Editorial Cartoon: April 29, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - History will be written by young voters too

    The older you get, the more you appreciate history, because you’ve lived through so much of it.

    And in this year, history is being written in dynamic and unpredictable ways. So don’t blink or you might miss it.

    Here in New Mexico, the tumult isn’t so obvious. We mostly live in small villages, towns and cities, and that’s not where the action is. Consistent with history, most of the really big changes are going on in the urban centers of our nation, and with the young.

  • Looking Back April 29, 2015

    Tuesday, April 26, 1966 — Si Zentner and his orchestra have been engaged for the annual Spring Formal at Highlands University. Zentner and his award-winning band were hired by the Student Senate at HU for the formal to be held in University Hall, according to William Powell, student social coordinator for the activity.

  • Weather April 29, 2016

    Friday

    HIGH 57° / LOW 36°

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 10 to 15 mph.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:11 a.m. to 7:46 p.m.

     

    Saturday

    HIGH 62° / LOW 36°

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 5 to 10 mph.
     
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:09 a.m. to 7:47 p.m.