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Today's News

  • Judge wants contempt finding

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal judge recommended a contempt finding Monday against a New Mexico agency overseeing the distribution of federal food aid and Medicaid health care benefits.

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Carmen Garza also called for the appointment of a court-supervised “special master” to help ensure that the New Mexico Human Services Department complies with unfulfilled court orders and federal law in the administration of federally funded benefits.

  • Nun comedy sequel opens Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The offbeat collection of nuns created by playwright Dan Goggin will return to Las Vegas this Friday as Nat Gold Players performs the musical comedy “Nunsense II: The Second Coming,” the sequel to “Nunsense.”

    The show will be at Charlie’s Event Center on Douglas Avenue with shows on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; skip a week; and two more shows on Aug. 6 and 7. Friday and Saturday shows will have doors open at 6:30 p.m. and show at 7 p.m. For Sunday matinees doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and show at 2 p.m.

  • Griego gets new arraignment date

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego is being called back to court on newly confirmed charges of fraud, bribery and perjury as the criminal corruption case moves toward trial.

    New Mexico District Court Judge Brett Loveless has scheduled the arraignment for Friday at a courthouse in Albuquerque.

  • In Brief July 20, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Second case of plague confirmed

    SANTA FE — State health officials say New Mexico has a second confirmed human case of plague this year.

    The Department of Health Services’ announcement Tuesday says the latest case involves a 77-year-old man in the Albuquerque area.

    The new human case follows one involving a 16-year-old Rio Arriba County boy who has since recovered.

    New Mexico had four cases of the disease last year with one death.

  • Editorial Cartoon: July 19, 2016
  • Editorial: Shortchanging the poor

    U.S. Magistrate Judge Carmen Garza has concluded that the New Mexico Human Services Department should have someone looking over its shoulder to help ensure that it complies with court orders and federal law in the administration of federally funded benefits.

    According to The Associated Press, Garza is also recommending a contempt finding against the agency, which oversees the distribution of federal food aid and Medicaid health care benefits to the poor.

  • A work of Art: You can’t go back

    Strictly as a joke, I recently wrote to some Facebook friends that I was considering returning to full-time teaching. Why?

    To save time, which I’ll explain in a few graphs below.

    The career move would be iffy — especially for one who gave up the tweed jacket with leather elbow patches about 16 years ago. Would I even stand a chance, given that Latino professors with doctoral degrees have become more plentiful lately.

  • Looking Back July 20, 2016

    Thursday, July 14, 1966 — Dr. C. Wallace Bell, El Porvenir Morgan Ranch, won 20 ribbons plus a grand championship with his three horse entries in the Circle National Morgan Show in Estes, Colo. Bell, a retired opthalmologist, placed with his horses in every class they entered. “It’s unusual,” said Bell, “for one stable to win that many. We did better than we expected.”

  • Habitat cleanup
  • Weather - July 20, 2016

    Wednesday

    HIGH 92° / LOW 59°

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6 a.m. to 8:14 p.m.

     

    Thursday

    HIGH 91° / LOW 60°

    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:01 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.