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Today's News

  • Refuge road work underway

    Submitted to the Optic

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in partnership with San Miguel County and the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, are working together to rehabilitate a 1.3 mille stretch of County Road 22C and three wildlife viewing parking lots.

  • Fire burning near Gallinas

    Crews on Thursday were battling a 95-acre blaze burning west of Gallinas near Evergreen Valley.

    The Middleton fire was 38 percent contained as of Thursday morning. Santa Fe National Forest officials believe it was started by a downed power line.

    “This is an early warning sign,” said Lawrence Lujan, a spokesman with the forest service.

    He said the dry winter has increased the fire danger, and people need to be careful because conditions exist for a big fire.

  • Looking ahead - sports

    FRIDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo, 3 p.m., Brandt Park
    • West Las Vegas at Portales, 5 p.m., Portales
    Softball
    • West Las Vegas at St. Michael’s Invite, TBA, Santa Fe
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Carlsbad Invite, 7:30 a.m., Carlsbad

    SATURDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Colorado State-Pueblo (DH), noon, Brandt Park

  • FYI - Sports

    La Plaza Little League will have one final registration day from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at La Plaza fields. Ongoing registration is still available through Robert Alarcon (429-0963), Art Mondragon (617-5851), and Ernest Mondragon (429-0537).

  • Looking Back

    In 1968

    Monday, Nov. 11 — New Mexico State Hospital is offering tours to groups and individuals interested in learning about the program of treatment of mental illness. Dave Jewell, new director of volunteer services at the hospital here, is drumming up participation from senior high school and college students and civic and church groups... The two-hour tours include trips to patients' wards and opportunities to speak with members of the professional staff. Arrangements should be made in advance.

  • Looking ahead

    Fiesta this Saturday

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is taking place this weekend at Illfeld Auditorium. The annual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $4. The event is sponsored by Community First Bank, NMHU President Jim Fries, and the NMHU School of Social Work.

  • Weather

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25- 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunday

  • FYI

    Sunday was the beginning of spring in New Mexico, and here comes the hay fever. Male junipers loaded with pollen are the most likely culprit. People can be allergic to other trees or plants that bloom in spring, but juniper is considered the worst in the state. The severity and length of spring allergies depend on weather conditions and vary year to year.

  • New arrival
  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! FREE FLICKS. It’s not just a passing contribution to community life, Highlands University has been offering free movies at Ilfeld Auditorium for couple of years now. It’s just that the Optic has finally gotten around to featuring it on the front page of our paper. It’s about time we gave it a big thumbs up, too.