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Today's News

  • Pneumonia shots urged for adults

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials are encouraging adults to get vaccinations against a pneumonia-related illness hitting New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Department of Health said this week that the vaccines for pneumococcal disease are now available at many doctors’ offices.

    Officials say so far this year, around 300 people in New Mexico have been diagnosed with severe pneumococcal disease and 47 have died from their infection.

  • NM eyes new tourism amid court ruling

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Towns and cities in New Mexico are expecting a jump in tourism from same-sex couples who now can get marriage licenses in the state following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling this month.

    Officials are planning a media blitz and gay and lesbian wedding expos in hopes of selling New Mexico as a wedding destination for couples who live in neighboring states.

  • Jail Log - Dec. 27, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19:

  • Looking Back - Dec. 27, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 27, 2013

    Sobriety Ball on Saturday

    The second annual Sobriety Ball will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28 at El Burro Enterprise. Los Tropicales will provide music. Donations are being sought. Call 505-617-5846 or 425-2687.

  • Weather - Dec. 27, 2013

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind around 5 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 51. West wind around 5 mph, becoming north in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

    Sunday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 30. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 4:55 p.m.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 27, 2013

    THUMBS UP! A SPIRIT OF GENEROSITY
    There’s been no shortage of generosity this holiday season. Las Vegas police went door to door delivering toys and food baskets in several neighborhoods last week. Los Hermanos Motorcycle Club distributed countless toys to children on its own. The Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally Association also bought clothing and toys for needy children this year. And that’s just scratching the surface. We’re lucky to live in a community where people care about one another.

    THUMBS UP! A GOOD PICK

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 27, 2013
  • Just a Thought - This is the year I will keep my resolutions

    By Rick Kraft

    Submitted to the Optic

    When Alice in Wonderland was lost and came upon the Cheshire Cat in the tree she asked “Cheshire Puss, would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?” “That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.

    “I don’t much care where...” said Alice. “Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.

  • Nuestra Historia: Regents name Graham, HU students organize

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    It all started at La Fonda Hotel in Santa Fe on Tuesday, May 19 1970. Meeting in a private room of the hotel’s second floor, the Highlands University Board of Regents named Charles Graham of Wisconsin to succeed Tom Donnelly as president of the university – and the momentous events which followed remain at once the darkest and brightest days in the history of Highlands University.