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Today's News

  • Illness claims El Rialto owner

    The doors of El Rialto Restaurant and Lounge remained open on Thursday, but a void was evident.

    Frances Garcia, who owned and operated the restaurant with her husband, Ralph, died early Thursday morning following a lengthy illness. She was 64.

    “My mom cared a lot about others,” said Abe Garcia during a telephone interview Thursday morning. “She was always concerned about you rather than her own wellbeing.”

  • Senior profile - Clyde and Jane Lopez

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Clyde and Jane (Angel) Lopez have lived a full and multi-faceted life, each in his/her own way, and together as a couple. They enjoy their life at their home in the Vista Bonita Estates at Storrie Project.

  • Gov wants more money for schools

    While holding up a textbook from 1983, Gov. Susana Martinez made her case that more money is needed for classroom educational materials.

    Martinez visited Legion Park Elementary on Wednesday afternoon to promote her proposed education budget.

    “I asked for $30 million in books and the Legislature is only wanting to give me $21 (million),” Martinez said.
    Martinez added that her proposal is part of her education reform plan. She said it is unacceptable for children to be learning from very old books.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 31, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27:

    Patricia Casados, 55, seven-day commitment
    Gabriel Romero, 57, two-day commitment
    Larry Lujan, 33, failure to comply with conditions  
    Angel Gutierrez, 31, tampering with UA
    Steven Lujan, 23, contempt of court

  • Farm bill includes payments to rural counties

    By Matthew Daly
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The farm bill moving toward approval in Congress includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can’t tax. About 1,900 local governments — mostly in the West — received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

    More than three-quarters of the money went to 12 Western states, with the largest shares going to California, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 31, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Jan. 30— George Arellanes was named as the Republican candidate for mayor of West Las Vegas and Manuel Valdez and Carlos R. Baca were named as council candidates at a meeting of Town Republicans last night at the county court house. Town Police Magistrate Hilario Montaño, was named as the Republican candidate for that position in the upcoming election. Arellanes, was San Miguel County Sheriff for two years and is a business partner of former Mayor Junio Lopez.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 31, 2014

    Town Hall Meeting
    Mora County Commissioner John Olivas will speak on the passage of the Mora County Bill of Rights ordinance that bans fracking. The meeting is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mora High School Administration Board Room. Thomas Linzey, a lawyer representing Mora County, will be available to answer questions.

  • FYI - Jan. 31, 2013

    The loud boom that many Las Vegas residents heard shortly before noon on Wednesday was the result of military aircraft testing being done in the area, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said. The noise had many wondering if there had been an explosion. But Montaño said his department received confirmation from the FAA that it was the result of military testing in the area.

  • Weather - Jan. 31, 2014

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

  • Stalking awareness