Today's News

  • State regulators reject PNM request for rate hike

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators on Wednesday rejected a proposal by the state’s largest electric utility to raise rates and charge more for new solar customers to connect to the grid.

    The Public Regulation Commission voted unanimously during a meeting in Santa Fe. The vote followed a hearing examiner’s recommendation in April that the utility’s application for a 12 percent rate hike be denied over concerns that it was incomplete.

  • Looking Back - May 15, 2015

    In 1965

    Friday, May 14 — A five-day plan to stop smoking will be presented Sunday through Thursday at the Baptist Student Center. The plan was developed over the past two and a half years by the medical and ministerial departments of the Seventh-Day Adventist denomination. The sessions will be conducted locally by Dr. Dan Palmer, superintendent of the New Mexico State Hospital here.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 15, 2015

    Regents to select president on Monday

    Highlands University regents will meet at 10 a.m. Monday in Kennedy Hall to take action on the selection of a new president.

  • Weather - May 15, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

  • In Brief - News - May 15, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Actor in show accused of DWI

    SANTA FE — An actor in television show “Longmire” that’s filmed in northern New Mexico has been accused of driving while intoxicated.
    The Albuquerque Journal reported Wednesday that Adam Bartley, who plays Deputy Ferguson or “the Ferg” in the crime show, was arrested in Santa Fe last month and released on $2,500 bond.

  • Take risks, get spiritual medicine urges HU graduation speaker

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Take risks and gather your spiritual medicine for your life journey, Navajo Diné College President Maggie George told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement last Saturday.

    A record number of 952 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 438 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these graduates, 52 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 48 percent completed master’s degrees.

  • Valley students of the month
  • Dear Teacher - May 15

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

     Question: Our 2-year-old daughter leaves the neighborhood children her age in the dust. She is so much more advanced intellectually. Not only is her vocabulary far more sophisticated, she can do simple addition problems without any difficulty. What should we look for in a preschool for our child? — Very Advanced

  • Landowners workshop set

    Submitted to the Optic

    On Saturday, the Prizlaff Ranch will host a workshop for private landowners. There will be federal, state, and non-governmental agencies attending the workshop to provide information on conservation easements tax incentives, riparian land management, restoration projects, private landowner’s rights, sustainable thinning of trees and many more conservation programs.

  • Shakespeare-based concert at HU Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents a Brush Up Your Shakespeare concert Sunday with professional musicians singing musical compositions based upon the Elizabethan playwright and poet’s work.

    The concert is at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave. Tickets are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The concert features Christina Martos, soprano vocalist, Carlos Archuleta, baritone vocalist, and Debra Ayers, pianist.