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Today's News

  • Manning MVP

    NEW YORK — Peyton Manning’s record-setting season earned him The Associated Press NFL MVP award Saturday night in a landslide. No other player has won more than three.

    Denver’s record-setting quarterback, who threw for 55 touchdowns and 5,477 yards in leading the Broncos to the AFC’s best record, earned 49 votes from a nationwide panel of 50 media members who regularly cover the league. New England quarterback Tom Brady got the other vote.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Feb. 3, 2014

    Monday
    Basketball
    • West Las Vegas Middle School boys vs. Raton, 4 p.m., WLVMS

    Tuesday
    Basketball
    • Robertson boys (A,B,C) at Socorro, 4 p.m., Socorro
    • Valley Middle School boys vs. Anton Chico, 4 p.m., Valley
    Wrestling
    • NMHU vs. Wayland Baptist, 7 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Wednesday
    Baseball
    • LCC vs. Otero (DH), noon, Rodriguez Park
    Basketball
    • Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Pojoaque, 4 p.m., Jacona
    Softball

  • Plaintiff picked as new regent

    If court filings are any indication, there’s no love lost between Highlands University officials and the man chosen by Gov. Susana Martinez to be the university’s newest regent.

  • Illness claims El Rialto owner

    The doors of El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge remained open on Thursday, but a void was evident.

    Frances Garcia, who owned and operated the restaurant with her husband, Ralph, died early Thursday morning following a lengthy illness. She was 64.

    “My mom cared a lot about others,” said Abe Garcia during a telephone interview Thursday morning. “She was always concerned about you rather than her own wellbeing.”

  • Senior profile - Clyde and Jane Lopez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Clyde and Jane (Angel) Lopez have lived a full and multi-faceted life, each in his/her own way, and together as a couple. They enjoy their life at their home in the Vista Bonita Estates at Storrie Project.

  • Gov wants more money for schools

    While holding up a textbook from 1983, Gov. Susana Martinez made her case that more money is needed for classroom educational materials.

    Martinez visited Legion Park Elementary on Wednesday afternoon to promote her proposed education budget.

    “I asked for $30 million in books and the Legislature is only wanting to give me $21 (million),” Martinez said.
    Martinez added that her proposal is part of her education reform plan. She said it is unacceptable for children to be learning from very old books.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 31, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27:

    Patricia Casados, 55, seven-day commitment
    Gabriel Romero, 57, two-day commitment
    Larry Lujan, 33, failure to comply with conditions  
    Angel Gutierrez, 31, tampering with UA
    Steven Lujan, 23, contempt of court

  • Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

    More than three-quarters of the money went to 12 Western states, with the largest shares going to California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 31, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Jan. 30— George Arellanes was named as the Republican candidate for mayor of West Las Vegas and Manuel Valdez and Carlos R. Baca were named as council candidates at a meeting of Town Republicans last night at the county court house. Town Police Magistrate Hilario Montaño, was named as the Republican candidate for that position in the upcoming election. Arellanes, was San Miguel County Sheriff for two years and is a business partner of former Mayor Junio Lopez.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 31, 2014

    Town Hall Meeting
    Mora County Commissioner John Olivas will speak on the passage of the Mora County Bill of Rights ordinance that bans fracking. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mora High School Administration Board Room. Thomas Linzey, a lawyer representing Mora County, will be available to answer questions.