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Today's News

  • Child welfare reforms unveiled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Responding to what she called the tragic death of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled more than a dozen policy changes and directives on Wednesday intended to reform the way child abuse cases are investigated in New Mexico.

    The moves came in response to criticism that the system did not do enough to protect Omaree Varela, who police said was kicked to death by his mother after previous reports of abuse.

  • Looking Back - April 4, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, April 2 — The Litra J. Romero Music Building at West Las Vegas will be dedicated Sunday at 2 p.m. in the West Las Vegas Gym. An open house will follow the ceremonies at the Music Building, which has been remodeled this year and five new rooms added. The building was formerly the Knights of Columbus Hall, which the WLV schools purchased last year. Student Louis Clayton will direct the band in one number and practice teacher Jim Rodriguez will direct the other band numbers. The chorus is under the direction of Vidal Gallegos.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 4, 2014

    Spring into fitness
    “Spring into Fitness” is a six-week fitness challenge running from April 7 to May 17. The purpose is to improve overall health and to encourage healthy lifestyles. There will be a weigh-in from April 4 to 7. A membership also includes a discounted pass and access to many facilities at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

  • Weather - April 4, 2014

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a south wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 15-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Breezy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 57. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Sunday

  • Jail Log - April 4, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 23 and March 28.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 4, 2014

    THUMBS UP! WELCOMING LOCAL KIDS

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 4, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - San Miguel was Port of Entry to New Mexico

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

  • Editorial Roundup - April 4, 2014

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Dallas Morning News on religious freedom challenge to Affordable Care Act (March 30).

    Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice
    It is hard to imagine anyone, from conservative to liberal, who would want their employer’s religious beliefs imposed on their workforce or insurance coverage. Religious freedom is a personal freedom, not an employer choice.

  • Army: Gunman showed no previous violence

    By Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    FORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.

    The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez by Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon. He wounded more than a dozen others.