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Today's News

  • Pope Francis - A humble image, but complex past

    By Brian Murphy and Michael Warren
    The Associated Press

    VATICAN CITY — On the streets in Buenos Aires, the stories about the cardinal who has become the first pope from the Americas often include a very ordinary backdrop: The city bus during rush hour.

    Tales are traded about chatting with Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio as he squeezed in with others for the commute to work. They sometimes talked about church affairs. Other times it could be about what he planned to cook for dinner in the simple downtown apartment he chose over an opulent church estate.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 15, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Student-parents bill goes to gov

    ALBUQUERQUE — High school students who are becoming parents would be entitled to excused time off from classes under a bill approved by the New Mexico Legislature.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the Senate’s 37-3 approval of the bill late Wednesday sends it to Gov. Susana Martinez. The House approved the bill previously.

  • Overhaul clears Legislature

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A proposal to shore up the long-term finances of a pension system for state and local government workers in New Mexico cleared the Legislature on Wednesday and heads to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The measure addresses one of the largest financial problems confronting state government.

    The governor plans to review the bill before deciding whether to sign or veto it, according to a spokesman.

  • Jail Log - March 15, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 5 and March 10:

    Rene Maestas, 30, two counts of abandonment or abuse of a child, two counts of no child restraint
    Ormando Pino, 34, criminal damage to property, probation violation
    Jessie Jaramillo, 24, three day commitment
    Eric Vigil, 23, hold for District Court
    Nico Barela, 23, hold for District Court
    Leroy Valdez, 55, probation violation
    Geraldine Martinez, 47, larceny, bench warrant

  • Looking Back - March 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 15, 2013

    Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Dance

    Rough Rider Motorcyle Rally Dance, 8 p.m. to midnight on Saturday at Plaza Hotel Ballroom. The dance will feature local band Fire and Rain. Tickets for the dance are $10 single and $15 couples. 

  • Weather - March 15, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39. Northwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Breezy.

  • Correction - March 15, 2013

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic quoted San Miguel County Detention Center Warden Patrick Snedeker saying that inmate Katalina Leyba was Pamela Leyba’s niece. Katalina Leyba’s sister, Tanya Leyba, said that her sister and Pamela Leyba are not related.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - March 15, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! TAINTED SMACK. San Miguel County Detention Center officials say some contaminated heroin is on the streets these days, and it led to the death of one person and serious illnesses for three others — all current or former inmates at the jail. The jail officials suspect the heroin has been tainted with bath salts.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 15, 2013