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Today's News

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • Campbell named award winner

    Submitted to the Optic

    When Alta Vista Regional Hospital asked former patients to nominate exceptional nurses who exceeded expectations, the community responded.
    The Patient Choice Award recognizes the quality care, comfort and compassion offered by the nurses at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, and honors one nurse in particular. As part of National Nurse’s Week, May 6-12, JoAnn Campbell, RN, was presented with the award at a hospital ceremony.

  • HU to host computer camp

    Submitted to the Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University is collaborating with two science education programs to host a free computer science camp for local youth and teachers on the university’s campus June 27 to July 1.
    Project GUTS, Growing Up Thinking Scientifically, and the Supercomputing Challenge are presenting the Summer Round Up! science camp, one of many throughout New Mexico this summer. 
    The New Mexico Public Education Department and Google are also sponsors.

  • Que Pasa - June 15, 2011

    THURSDAYJUEVES
    • Fort Union National Monument, National Park Service announced its monthly
    Glimpses of the Past program, “An Unsolved Mystery: The Mail Train Massacre

  • Editorial: Poor planning

    We all knew it was coming. State agencies, forced to deal with some tough budget cuts, are starting to cut back on their workforces, with 44 layoffs approved last week in a half-dozen agencies.
    It’s a sign of a tough economy, but let’s not forget another reason why the state is in this predicament. Perhaps you remember how, instead of being frugal during surplus times, former Gov. Bill Richardson and his administration spent like there was no tomorrow.
    Well, guess what? Tomorrow’s here, and so are the consequences of poor financial planning.

  • Editorial: Step backward

    Gov. Susana Martinez is taking the state in the wrong direction when it comes to rolling back the environmental standards created under former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration. Moreover, her administration has usurped a previously open process for what appears to be some backroom conclusions to help energy producers over customers.

  • Work of Art: This water’s not pottable

    Even a close member of my family struggles with the potable/pottable issue. Which is it?
    You’ve perhaps read about the almost-give-away prices of effluent water in the city. If you’re among the purchasers of recycled water, you’ve seen and been a part of a small army of vehicles that line up at the treatment plant south of town to buy 1,000 gallons of used water for $1.25.

  • Funeral directors fuming over policy change

    By The Associated Press
    It can be difficult enough when family members are told a deceased loved one’s body must be sent to Albuquerque for an autopsy.
    Now families must pay to get their loved one back.
    The Office of the Medical Investigator blames state budget cuts for the policy change, which takes effect July 1.
    New Mexico Funeral Association President Michael Hass says the charge is unethical.

  • Obama to focus on job creation

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press
    DURHAM, N.C. — Beset by a grim employment picture, President Barack Obama on Monday pledged to ease the way for businesses to expand hiring and offered assurances to an anxious public that he is focused on creating jobs — the top political issue heading into the 2012 election and the Achilles heel of his presidency.
    “The sky is not falling,” Obama said. But the president, in a state that he narrowly won in 2008, could not ignore dismal recent economic reports.

  • Gates sees no bar to lifting gay ban

    By Lolita C. Baldor and Robert Burns
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Monday that he sees no roadblocks to ending the ban on openly gay military service, and if the top officers of each service recommend moving ahead on the repeal before the end of the month, he will endorse it.