Today's News

  • Several area races to be decided

    Registered Democrats and Republicans across the state go to the polls on Tuesday to choose their nominees for the November general election.

    In San Miguel and Mora counties where no Republicans filed to run for open commission, treasurer and clerk positions, the winners in the Democratic primaries are all but guaranteed the posts. Same goes for two key area legislative races, although independent and third party candidates will have an opportunity later this month to get their names on the general election ballot.

  • Senator’s spending issue in Dist. 39 race

    Questions about campaign spending have taken center stage in the battle for the Democratic nomination for the District 39 Senate seat.  

    Incumbent Phil Griego, D-San Jose, is trying to fend off challenges from engineer Jack Sullivan and Nichole Castellano, a business manager. The winner in that race will face Republican Aubrey Dunn in the November general election.

    A major issue in the Democratic primary battle are campaign finance reports filed by Griego, a longtime state lawmaker.

  • Looking Back - June 4, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, June 4 — In nearly every settled community there will be found one man or woman known by everyone. In Las Vegas, that individual is Hiram A. Harvey, without question. He hewed a dwelling place from the rugged wilderness and made for himself a place in the heart of succeeding generations by his generous hospitality in his mountain home.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 4, 2012

    Don’t forget to vote

    Tuesday is election day for Democrats and Republicans across the state who will select their nominees for the November general election. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

  • Weather - June 4, 2012

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.


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  • Que Pasa - June 4, 2012


    • The Western Mora Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) regular board meeting at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 7 at the Western Mora SWCD building in Mora. The public is invited to attend the meetings of the Western Mora SWCD. For more information, call (575) 387-2424.

  • Voting at your convenience

    Now there’s one less excuse for not voting. On Tuesday, registered Democrats and Republicans in San Miguel County will have the added convenience of casting their ballots at any one of four “convenience centers” to be set up at West Las Vegas High School’s Gillie Lopez Gym, Robertson High School’s Mike Marr Gym, the Valley Junior High School gym and the Pecos High School gym.

  • Editor's Note - The primary finales

    Why, you may have asked on Friday, did the Optic editorial board feel compelled to endorse senatorial candidates in both party races, rather than just one candidate over all the others?

    I’ll tell ya, in a round-about way.

    I’m referring to our editorial endorsements of Democrat Hector Balderas and Republican Heather Wilson, who are running for their party nominations to be New Mexico’s next U.S. senator, replacing Jeff Bingaman, who opted not to run for a sixth term.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 4, 2012