Today's News

  • Ebola patient’s death renews questions

    By Nomaan Merchant and Josh Funk
    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — The death of the first Ebola patient diagnosed in the United States renewed questions about his medical care and whether Thomas Eric Duncan’s life could have been extended or saved if the Texas hospital where he first sought help had taken him in sooner.

    Duncan died in Dallas on Wednesday, a little more than a week after his illness exposed gaps in the nation’s defenses against the disease and set off a scramble to track down anyone exposed to him.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 10, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3:
    Lucianne Gonzales, 33, three-day commitment
    Pete Castillo, 26, seven-day commitment
    Jesus Romero, 36, 28-day commitment
    Amanda Patron, 31, fraud over $2,500, embezzlement over $500, conspiracy, embezzlement over 250, embezzlement up to 250, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Joseph Martinez, 27, failure to pay child support
    Daniel Esparza, 49, seven-day commitment
    Gonzalo Villal, 28, probation violation

  • Goblins, ghouls and the undead — New Mexico Style

    A book review by Martha McCaffrey

    New Mexico Book of the Undead: Goblin & Ghoul Folklore by Ray John de Aragón, History Press, 2014.

    Do you like stories about the undead, ghouls and frightening spirits, witches that change into vampire bats, werewolves and La Llorona, who walks the banks of rivers howling for her lost children?

  • Looking Back - Oct. 10, 2014

    In 1964

    Thursday, Oct. 8 — The City Council’s Streets and Alleys Committee, the State Highway Department and the Bureau of Public Roads has recommended that the traffic lights at National and Eighth Street and Seventh and National be removed, thus allowing continuous traffic on this thoroughfare. An additional recommendation was that the traffic lights at Grand and Douglas, Twelfth and National and Seventh and Douglas be changed over to an activated traffic system, which will work upon the basis of traffic flow.

  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 10, 2014

    RHS parade begins at 1:30 today

    Robertson High School homecoming parade starts at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Robertson High School campus at Fifth Street and Baca, heads west on Baca to Sixth Street, down Sixth until Douglas Avenue, west on Douglas to 12th Street, north on 12th Street to National Avenue, National Avenue down to Bridge Street and ending at Plaza Park.

  • Weather - Oct. 10, 2014

    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 55. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. West wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45.


  • FYI - Oct. 10

    The San Miguel Public Health Office will be hosting a flu shot clinic on Wednesday, Oct. 15 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. at 18 Gallegos Road. There is no charge to those attending the clinic, but everyone should bring their insurance card, including Medicaid or Medicare, with them.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road.

  • Pitching in
  • Que Pasa - Oct. 10, 2014

    • An indoor flea market will take place from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. through Friday, Oct. 10 and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 11 at the Bernal Community Center.
    • Oil and watercolor paintings by Kimberly Reed-Deemer and acrylic paintings and pastel drawings by Johanna Kennan are on display until Oct. 10 at El Fidel Restaurant.