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Today's News

  • ‘Warning shot’ turns fatal

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 32-year-old Las Vegas woman is being held on a $1 million bond following her arraignment in San Miguel Magistrate Court Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

    The shooting occurred after a week-long drinking binge.

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  • Commission rejects drilling ban

    San Miguel County commissioners have ruled out implementing an outright ban on oil and gas extraction in the county, but they directed staff and their consultant to draft an ordinance that imposes strict rules on the industry.

  • County selects probate judge

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Charlynne Otero probate judge.

    Otero, a paralegal  with the Brown & Gallegos law firm, was one of 15 candidates who applied for the job, and one of two finalists recommended by a committee formed to screen applicants and make a recommendation to the Commission.

  • HU SynergyFest set for Saturday

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The 10th annual SynergyFest will take a new direction this year under the debut sponsorship of the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club.

    The event, slated for Saturday, was created by the now-defunct NMHU Sustainability Club. This change in hosts will cause a subtle shift from information on sustainable practices to educational activities and exhibits promoting conservation practices.

  • Looking Back - April 19, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, April 17 — Beginning June 5, families certified as eligible by the Department of Public Welfare in Mora and Santa Fe counties can begin buying and using food coupons for food purchases to authorized Mora and Santa Fe county grocery stores. The food stamp programs will be like those established in San Miguel County.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 19, 2013

    Highlands music performance set for Sunday

    NMHU Music Department presentation of “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” by Josef Haydn and performed by El Coro de la Tierra Alta is scheduled for 3 p.m. this Sunday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $5. NMHU students with IDs get in free.

  • Weather - April 19, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Light west wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Monday
    Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

  • Frantic search ongoing after deadly Texas blast

    By John L Mone and Michael Brick
    The Associated Press

    WEST, Texas — Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

  • Gun control backers: Senate defeat won’t stop efforts

    By Alan Fram and David Espo
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.