Today's News

  • Women Power - La Placita female firefighters outnumber men

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    The women in the La Placita Volunteer Fire Department outnumber the men and blow away the national statistics when it comes the number of female firefighters.

    Located in San Miguel County’s remote Gallinas Canyon, the department has six female firefighters and five male firefighters. In addition, there are three women who volunteer as support staff providing food, water and assistance during emergencies.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 11, 2016

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

  • Instant fusion: Love and music

    By Beth Urech

    ver experience instant fusion with another human being? I recently did. I’m helping promote the Fifth Meadow City Music Festival coming up at the end of September. More than 20 groups will perform at our wonderful Plaza Park, the ballroom of the Plaza Hotel and JC’s New York Pizza.

  • Governor, lawmakers no closer to special session

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration and Democratic state lawmakers exchanged more blame Thursday for inaction as New Mexico grapples with a growing budget deficit.

    Martinez promised earlier this summer to call a special legislative session so lawmakers could address a nearly quarter-billion-dollar shortfall from the last fiscal year and an estimated $458 million hole for the fiscal year that started in July.

  • Trial to begin in Boyd shooting

    The Associated Press

    Two Albuquerque police officers whose shooting death of a homeless man during a hillside standoff led to protests and national outcry will stand trial for murder this month, with jury selection in the case set to begin Monday.

    Police video of the shooting of James Boyd in 2014 set the stage for demonstrations and marches that paralyzed parts of New Mexico’s largest city, where tensions over a high rate of officer-involved shootings had been building for years.

  • Zapateados perform at Millfest
  • Palabras Pinturescas: Antonia Apodaca’s music enthralls appreciative public

    I have known many talented people during my long life here in our mountains. And just over a week ago my so-very-long-time friend and neighbor was featured on a special program on our Public Broadcasting network, Channel 5 out of Albuquerque.

    The program was titled “Nuestra Musica.” Some of New Mexico’s most renown musicians gather at Santa Fe’s Lensic Theater.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 11, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    Baked ham, broccoli with cheese, roll and margarine, and pineapple upside-down cake

    Chicken fettuccine, carrots and peppers in margarine, garlic bread, and pears

    Kraut dog, California vegetables, baked French fries, strawberries and bananas, and pumpkin nut bread

    Carne adovada, Spanish rice, country blend vegetables, flour tortilla, and gelatin with fruit

  • Spreading positivity
  • Robertson students attend Girls State

    Submitted to the Optic

    Four Robertson High School students attended the 2016 American Legion Auxiliary Girls State at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales recently. They are Jaci Fulgenzi, Michaela Vigil-Lujan, Savannah Vigil-Lujan, and Amelia Zoernig.

    American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, is a week of learning focused on responsible citizenship and love for God and country.  

    In this government–in-action learning program, Fulgenzi was elected as one of the Spruce City Council women.