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Today's News

  • Raton fire closes Interstate 25

    The Associated Press
    RATON — A wildfire burning along the New Mexico-Colorado border more than doubled in size in a matter of hours Monday as crews worked to protect evacuated homes and businesses, while the closure of about 20 miles of the main north-south highway through both states sent travelers hours out of their way.


    Raton residents watched as trees on the hillsides just outside the northeastern New Mexico community burst into flames while smoke billowed into the air and air tankers passed overhead.

  • Looking Ahead - News June 15, 2011

    Fort Union National Monument and the National Park Service will hold the monthly Glimpses of the Past program at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. The title of this month’s presentation is “An Unsolved Mystery: The Mail Train Massacre near Wagon Mound.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Saturday, June 17 — Hundreds of medics with their wives and families will pass through Las Vegas Friday of next week on their way to Los Angeles where they will attend the annual meeting of the United States’ Association of Physicians and Surgeons... There will be enough surgeons in the bunch to remove the appendices of every man, woman and child in Las Vegas, saw off sixty pairs of legs and install drains in the pocketbooks of everybody in town in thirty minutes. But the trains will not stop here that long.

  • 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.