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Today's News

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road.

    Currently there are 33 children in San Miguel County in the foster care system. There is a need for more foster parents in this community.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 10, 2014

    UPCOMING & ONGOING
    • Robertson High School Blood Drive, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 in Mike Marr Gymnasium. To set-up an appointment or for more information, call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698.

  • Nuestra Historia: DA charges regents, arrest warrants issued

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    On May 20, 1970, the day after Charles Graham was appointed Highlands University president by Regents John D. Robb, Stuart Beck and Frank Peloso, criminal charges were filed against the three regents by Las Vegas District Attorney Donaldo “Tiny” Martinez, and warrants were issued for their arrest.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 10, 2014

    THUMBS DOWN! DRIVE-BY SHOOTINGS
    City police dispatchers received 10 different calls early Saturday morning from people reporting gunshots throughout the city. City police were able to get to the area where it was happening in time to arrest two men in a maroon truck that matched the description given to one of the officers by a witness. One of those bullets could have easily hit and killed an unsuspecting bystander.

    THUMBS DOWN! FLU SEASON HITTING NEW MEXICO HARD

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 10, 2014
  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 10, 2014

    The Herald, Rock Hill, S.C., on Americans are using less electricity (Jan. 5):
    As of Jan. 1, production of 40- and 60-watt light bulbs was banned as part of efficiency standards signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2007. While some will miss the old incandescent bulbs, the move is part of a successful effort to make the nation more energy efficient.
    The government phased out 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs over the past few years. But the latest ban will have a bigger impact on consumers because 40- and 60-watt bulbs are the most popular on the market.

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  • State to relocate pronghorn

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — State wildlife officials plan to capture and relocate almost 200 pronghorn from a northern New Mexico ranch.

    Game and Fish Department officials say the animals similar to antelopes will be herded, corralled and transported from a private ranch near Cimarron that has been experiencing damage to irrigated cropland.

    The department will relocate most of the pronghorn to national forest land near Fort Stanton and to Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Roswell.

  • Agency troubled by shortages

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state agency under fire for its handling of an abuse claim made by a child allegedly killed by his mother has a history of staff shortages.

    A recent budget report released by the Legislative Finance Committee shows the vacancy rate for the Children, Youth and Families Department’s Protective Services Division was at 15 percent earlier this month.

    That rate has remained relatively unchanged in recent years despite the hiring of over 300 social workers in just three years.

  • Boom boosts state earnings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An oil and gas boom in New Mexico and more than a dozen new renewable energy projects have translated into record earnings of more than $670 million for the State Land Office, boosting the funding available for public schools, universities and other trust beneficiaries.

    In announcing the figures Wednesday, Land Commissioner Ray Powell said 2013 marked the biggest year in the agency’s history. In December alone, earnings reached a record $79 million.