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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Dulcey Amargo: The issue of social promotion

    We’re all familiar with the phrase, “Biting off more than we can chew.” For the past few weeks I’ve been mulling over that concept, but finally decided to share my viewpoint on the issue prompted by Gov. Susana Martinez and the effort to end social promotion.

    First, let me say that I’m not omniscient; then let me say that a good portion of my career, from 1968 to 2010, was focused upon literacy education as well as developmental education.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Americanization of Old Town Plaza, Part 2

    This is the second of two articles which I invited from resident scholar and historian Marcus C. Gottschalk, who has done extensive primary research concerning the development of the Old Town Plaza. As noted in our previous entry, in 2001 Marcus published Pioneer Merchants of the Old Town Plaza, and we appreciate his contribution to this column.

    By Marcus C. Gottschalk
    Contributor

  • Orgullo del Norte - ‘Tiny’ Martinez and the Brown Berets

    “There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.”
    — Elie Wiesel

    Desperate people have desperate ways. Many groups of color were organized during the 1960s and 70s. The Black Panthers, AIM (American Indian Movement), and the Brown Berets (Chicanos) were the three largest.

    Their common cause had to do with Civil Rights and poverty.