Today's News

  • Ex-school chief sues Mora district

    The Associated Press

    A northern New Mexico school district whose superintendent resigned in disgrace over allegations of faking credentials is facing a lawsuit from another former superintendent.

    Dora Romero is suing the Mora Independent School District and board member George Trujillo over allegations she was let go because of her gender and because Trujillo wanted to give his nephew a job.

    The complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Albuquerque says the board, led by Trujillo, fired Romero so the board could hire Charles Trujillo.

  • Hatchery making a difference

    The Mora National Fish Hatchery, nestled off N.M. 434 in Mora County, is having a huge impact with its work in restoring the threatened Gila trout.  The refuge is dedicated to the restoration and recovery of the trout, a fish found only in high desert and mountain watersheds in the Gila, Salt and Verde drainages in the state and in neighboring Arizona.

  • Highlands names School of Social Work dean

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands named Cristina Durán as the new dean of the university’s Facundo Valdez School of Social Work.
    Durán has served as the school’s interim associate dean since July, 2014.

    “I’ve been with the school for many years in a variety of roles,” Durán said. “I want to be a strong part of seeing the school grow and find new ways to respond to the needs of people in the state and region.”

  • Las Vegas resident casts Electoral College vote

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas resident Noyola Padilla-Archibeque had a distinctive vote to make last month as she was one of the five electors in the state to cast an electoral college vote. In December, Padilla-Archibeque met with four other New Mexico electors at the state capitol in Santa Fe to cast votes for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, winner of the state’s popular vote.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 7, 2017

    8 to 11 a.m.
    Benefit breakfast featuring an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring French toast, bacon, sausage, fruit, cold cereal, biscuits and gravy, eggs, potatoes, green chile, pancakes, tea, coffee, juice, and milk takes place at the Masonic Building at 518 Douglas. Beneficiaries of this month’s breakfast is West Las Vegas track and Bikes for Books.

  • Weather - Jan. 6, 2017


    HIGH 22° / LOW 4°
    Snow before 11am, then a chance of snow showers after 11am. High near 22. Wind chill values as low as -11. Southeast wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
    7:11 a.m. to 5:03 p.m.


  • In Brief - News - Jan. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    LANL earns $60M bonus
    Managers of one of the nation’s premier nuclear weapons laboratories have earned positive marks and nearly $60 million in fees and performance pay for work done over the last fiscal year.

    The National Nuclear Security Administration released documents this week that detailed the fees earned by Los Alamos National Security LLC, the contractor that manages Los Alamos National Laboratory.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 6, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 28, 2016 and Jan. 4, 2017:

    Kenneth Scott, 44, bench warrant: child support $60,000, out of Indiana
    Joshua Corbin, 35, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Aaron Gonzales, 29, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Terence Piatt, 65, two counts aggravated DWI, three counts of careless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court

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