Today's News

  • In Brief - News - May 18, 2015

    The Associated Press

    4 plague cases confirmed in NM

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health says four cases of plague and 10 cases of tularemia have been reported in animals around the state since Jan. 1.
    Plague cases include one cat from Bernalillo County and one dog, a rabbit and a mouse from Santa Fe County.
    Tularemia cases include one cat from Los Alamos County, a dog from Taos County, three dogs and a rabbit from Santa Fe County and three dogs and one rabbit from Bernalillo County.

  • Schools can do more to prevent teen pregnancy

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico has no clear strategy on how to keep decreasing what is currently the second-highest rate of teens giving birth nationwide, a legislative report states.

    The Legislative Finance Committee report said inconsistent implementation of comprehensive standards for sex education may be a contributing factor. Public schools are required to instruct students on various ways to prevent pregnancy, but not all of them do, the findings stated.

  • Going Green - In El Paso, drastic weather paves way for green investments

    By Betsy Blaney and Emily Schmall
    The Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas — In the parched Chihuahua Desert, El Paso has pioneered a strategy of resource management that could set the standard for West Texas and arid regions worldwide.

    The city’s publicly traded utility is divesting from coal in favor of solar energy and plans to build solar farms at neighboring Fort Bliss to help the U.S. Army base consume only as much energy as it creates.

  • Students of the month - May 18
  • Fly-fishing workshop set

    Submitted to the Optic

    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) is offering a fly-fishing workshop for beginners or experienced anglers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gallinas Canyon.

    Fly-fishing, like hunting, helps keep us connected with reading the land and water ways. Discussion will focus on whether the river is healthy enough to support trout and how to enhance the river’s ability to sustain a healthy trout population.

  • Que Pasa - May 18, 2015

    • Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Jaquin Amador of The Loadn Fund and Bernadette Lujan of Balanced Health Acupuncture, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at El Fidel Hotel. Open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

    • Tierra y Montes Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the U.S. Forest Service building. For more information, call 425-9088.


  • Overhaul Patriot Act

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from  The Free Press of Mankato, Minn.

    The Patriot Act was rushed through Congress 14 years ago amid the obvious fear following 9/11.

    Since then, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations of invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency, the wisdom of the Patriot Act’s sweeping authority for spy agencies has been looked at more soberly.

  • Editorial cartoons - May 18, 2015
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Unconventional advice for graduates

    It’s that time of year when just about every newspaper in the state gives front-page attention to at least one local graduation. They’re always a big deal, especially to those who walk across that ceremonial stage and make their families proud.

    Graduations mark a transition in our lives, but sometimes I think it’s over-emphasized. Anyone who thinks a diploma or degree is a ticket to success is sadly mistaken. It’s just a ticket to ride; you still have to get there on your own.

  • Lady Cards soar into top four

    Their quest may have fallen short of the coveted blue trophy, but the Robertson softball team gave fans some thrills with a fourth-place finish in the Class 4A state tournament this past weekend in rain-soaked Rio Rancho.

    Coach Adrian Jaramillo’s Lady Cardinals finished 3-2 in the tournament, reaching the consolation semifinals before losing to No. 5 seed Cobre.