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Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Auctions are always great social events

    I still meet people who say they were at the Valmora auction and/or the auction we had here at the ranch, way back in the early 1990s. Valmora was my family’s tuberculosis sanatorium established in 1904. Obviously when a place collects almost 90 years of “stuff” the only way to move it out is with a sale.

  • Prof talks about benefits of friendships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands health education professor Ruthy Watson spoke at the TEDxABQ Women 2013 event in early December about the important wellness benefits of women’s friendships.

    TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, is a nonprofit that formed in 1984 as a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world’s most inspired thinkers and speakers.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 3, 2014

    he Associated Press

    Work on new school set
    NEWTOWN, Conn.  — Newtown officials say demolition of Sandy Hook Elementary School is finished and construction of a new school on the same site will begin in the late summer or early fall.
    Officials say the property where 20 first-graders and six adults were killed more than a year ago has been graded and stabilized for the winter.

  • Alta Vista CEO leaving

    After just 11 months at the helm, Alta Vista Regional Hospital Chief Executive Officer Kathleen Cahill has decided to call it quits.

    Cahill confirmed to the Optic Monday that she submitted her resignation earlier this month. She is leaving her post the second week of January.

    Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, which owns the hospital, has named Elmer Hyde to take over as interim CEO after Cahill leaves. According to Cahill, the company plans to launch a national search for her permanent replacement after the first of the year.

  • Year in Review - Flood, fatal crash top 2013 local stories

    Editor’s Note: Below are the stories the Optic Editorial Board voted as the top area stories of 2013.
     
    The gentle rain had been falling constantly for days, but it wasn’t until the night of Sept. 12 that there was any indication of what was to come.

    On that night, some parts of San Miguel County began to experience mudslides, an indication that the saturated ground had had enough.

  • Alleged DWI driver charged

    Las Vegas police arrested a repeat drunk driver on Christmas Eve for crashing into another motorist while allegedly drunk.

    Angelo K. Aragon, 26, of the 2300 block of Calle Bonita, has been charged with criminal damage to property over $1,000, a fourth-degree felony and with misdemeanor counts of driving while intoxicated, third-offense, driving with a revoked license and following too closely. Online court records indicate that Aragon spent Christmas in jail but was able to post bond on Friday. Online records state that his bond was set at $7,000 cash.

  • Senator wants to ax pocket vetoes

    The Associated Press

    A state lawmaker wants to change the New Mexico Constitution to prohibit governors from killing legislation without explanation.

    Sen. Jacob Candelaria. D-Albuquerque, has introduced the proposal ahead of next month’s legislative session to do away with so-called pocket vetoes, the Albuquerque Journal reported Monday. Pocket vetoes occur when bills approved by lawmakers die because the governor fails to sign or veto them.

  • Gay marriage, weather top state headlines in 2013

    By Jeri Clausing and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 1, 2014

    The Associated Press

    2 Young women killed in Rio Rancho wreck ID’d

    RIO RANCHO — Rio Rancho police have identified two young women killed in a two-vehicle collision at an intersection over the weekend.
    Police say 21-year-old Audree Jones was driving one of the vehicles involved in the collision Saturday and that 22-year-old Dakota Chino was a passenger in the same vehicle.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 1, 2014

    In 1964