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Today's News

  • Remembering a pioneer - Thal, pioneer surgeon, dies at 88

    Felicia Thal describes herself and her late husband, Alan, as simple people. But their life stories are far from simple. Alan Thal, a pioneering surgeon who adopted this area as his home, died peacefully last Friday at the family home. He was 88.

    But there is no doubt that Felicia Thal has lived her life to the fullest as well. She was named Cattleman of the Year in the early 1990s, and numerous awards honoring her work are proudly displayed on the walls of their living room, located in Golondrinas in Mora County.

  • Mold ruled out at old courthouse

    San Miguel County officials are still trying to determine what caused the foul smell that made employees in the Assessor’s Office sick on Tuesday, but they have been able to rule out mold.

    County Manager Les Montoya said that the Albuquerque lab called in to conduct tests ruled out mold on Wednesday.

    Besides combing through the Assessor’s Office, the firm went to the building’s basement and didn’t find anything of concern.

    The Assessor’s Office is located on the first floor of the old county courthouse building.

  • Dust storm
  • State to study cost-sharing for Amtrak

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico plans to study whether to help pay part of the cost of keeping Amtrak’s Southwest Chief on its current route, which includes Las Vegas.

    A state budget signed by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez allocates $50,000 to the Legislative Council Service to study a proposal by Amtrak for New Mexico, Colorado and Kansas to share the costs of maintaining and improving more than 600 miles of track through their states.

  • Jail Log - March 21, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 12 and March 17.

    Tatiana Vigil, 29, probation violation: positive UA (meth, heroin)
    Gabriel Quintana, 32, failure to comply with conditions of release, bench warrant SM District
    Andrew Shafer, 22, hold for court
    Elizabeth Chavez, 37, sevenday commitment
    Joseph Martinez, 42, probation violation: positive UA (meth, heroin)
    Arthur Vigil, 56, disorderly conduct

  • Looking Back - March 21, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 21, 2014

    ‘Dog See God’ play Friday at Sala de Madrid

    Nat Gold Players presents “Dog See God,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday, and 3 p.m. at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU campus. Admission is $10, seniors and LVAC members, $8, and students with ID are $5. Play not suitable for children younger than 14.

  • Weather - March 21, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming east after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:03 a.m. to 7:13 p.m.

  • Ex-chairman dies at 95

    By Douglass K. Daniel
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day.

  • Health Council to conduct community forum Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The San Miguel Family and Community Health Council will conduct a community forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the new Student Center on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The forum will be in Room 322.