Today's News

  • Obama seeks paid leave for parents

    By Darlene Superville
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Renewing a push for paid leave for workers, President Barack Obama on Thursday planned to call on Congress, states and cities to pass measures to allow tens of millions of workers to earn up to a week of paid sick time a year, the White House said.

    He’ll also ask Congress for more than $2 billion in new spending to encourage states to create paid family and medical leave programs.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 16, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 7 and Jan. 12:

    Sue Ann Sena, 26, possession of controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, bench warrant, Curry County
    Melvin Pacheco, 48, three-day commitment  
    Brandon Martinez, 23, seven-day commitment
    April Alcon, 26, failure to appear
    Pierre Lovato, 37 tampering with evidence
    William Lujan, 22, probation violation: positive UA (THC)
    Leonard Lucero, 40, driving on suspended revoked license

  • Looking Back - Jan. 16

    In 1965

    Monday, Jan. 18 — A Montezuma resident and a local businessman were nominated by the Citizens Ticket Convention in the Armory yesterday afternoon to run for the East Las Vegas School Board. Johnny Griego, owner of the Model Cleaners, and John Loehr, a child welfare worker with the Department of Public Welfare, are the candidates selected for the Feb. 2 school board election.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 16


    The AAUW, along with the Optic, is sponsoring school board candidates forum for the upcoming Feb. 3 elections. The Las Vegas City School board candidate forum will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and the West Las Vegas School board forum on Thursday, Jan. 22. Both forums take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the NMHU Student Union ballroom.

  • Weather - Jan. 16, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 5-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25. West wind around 10 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 56. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 56.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:09 a.m. to 5:12 p.m.

  • FYI - Sports - Jan. 16

    State police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora Counties during the month of January. State police will also be conducting multiple DWI Saturation Patrols, random Driver’s License and Registration Checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects throughout the month.

  • McCulloch painting exhibit at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant moon floats in a deep blue New Mexico night sky above purple mountains framed by golden autumn foliage.

    Abstract blocks of vivid orange, violet, green and yellow curve across the canvas, hinting at a mountain silhouetted at sunset. These are two of the 30 paintings featured in the “Frank McCulloch 50 Year Retrospective — The Abstract Years” art exhibit that opened on Monday at Highlands University, with an artist’s reception from 1 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 25.

  • Turner ranch aims to aid ferrets

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A more than half-million-acre ranch that straddles the New Mexico-Colorado border and is owned by media mogul Ted Turner has asked for permission to import endangered black-footed ferrets.

    The carnivores have struggled across the Great Plains, and the Vermejo Park Ranch wants to bolster their numbers as part of a recovery program spanning 12 Western states.

  • In Brief - News - Jan. 16, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Flu vaccine not working well

    NEW YORK — As predicted, this year’s flu vaccine is doing a pretty crummy job. Health officials say a new study shows it’s only 23 percent effective.
    That’s one of the worst performances since the government started tracking how well vaccines work a decade ago. The best flu vaccines were 50 to 60 percent effective.

  • Mora board members receive association awards

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Mora Independent School Board received certificate awards and pins for its participation in the Leadership Development Program provided during the 2013-14 school year by the New Mexico School Boards Association.