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Today's News

  • Area man accused of driving drunk

    A 67-year-old Serafina man was arrested and jailed last week for allegedly driving drunk and leaving the scene of an accident.

    Las Vegas police say Eligio B. Baca Jr. also drove into oncoming traffic and ran into a block wall just north of the intersection of Hot Springs and Porter Avenue as an officer was trying to catch up to him.

    Baca has been charged with misdemeanor counts of driving while under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and failure to report an accident. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • High court won’t decide gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court isn’t going to immediately decide whether gay marriage is legal in the state and instead will allow lower courts to first consider the issue.

    The state Supreme Court has denied requests by same-sex couples from Santa Fe, Albuquerque and other communities who had asked the justices to declare gay marriage legal.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 19, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Aug. 19 — Leroy E. Apodaca, son of Mr. and Mrs. George C. Apodaca, 1921 New Mexico Ave., and now a resident of Santa Fe, was recently commissioned second lieutenant in the New Mexico National Guard. Apodaca received training in Santa Fe and graduated from National Guard OCS at Ft. Bliss on June 22, 1963
     

  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 19, 2013

    Call for artists and craftsmen
    A call for artists and craftsmen has been issued for the Cleveland Millfest, which takes place on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at the Cleveland Roller Museum in Cleveland. For more information, call 575-387-2645, 575-387-6723 or email dancas@nnmt.net

  • Weather - Aug. 19, 2013

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 19, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Rooster’s Feather” by Annie Petersen and JR Kibby. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • New addition
  • Merger merits consideration

    Sen. John Arthur Smith is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College, and in our view, such a study would be worthwhile.

    Yes, a merger would be complicated, as pointed out by Highlands President Jim Fries. But on the surface, at least, there would seem to be some significant benefits to moving in that direction.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 19, 2013
  • Another Perspective — I-25 bypass changed Vegas

    Art Trujillo’s column in the Aug. 7 Optic brought back memories of the way Las Vegas is today versus the way it was 50 years ago. Some of the memories may be faulty, but here they are:
    The opposition to bypasses by the Interstate went way beyond publishing ads in community newspapers. Towns along the proposed highways got their state legislators to support an “anti-bypass law” that prevented construction of a bypass until the community involved approved the plan, including the number of exits.