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Today's News

  • High court sides with state engineer

    Optic Staff and Wire

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that limited the ability of the state’s top water official to manage water rights in times of severe drought.

    The case centers on a program that was intended to speed up the determination of industry, agricultural and municipal water entitlements. The Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 that the Office of the State Engineer had overstepped its legal authority by adopting the program.

  • New ranch supply store to open

    A national farm and ranch supply source is building a new store in Las Vegas, and it plans to employ at least a dozen people when it opens its doors.

    Construction has already begun on the Tractor Supply Company store off N.M. 518, past Walmart as one heads toward Mora.

    “Tractor Supply looks forward to becoming a member of the Las Vegas community,” District Manager Dusty Pate said in a news release. “Las Vegas is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area.”

  • Gov hopes for gains in legislative races

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats have controlled the New Mexico Legislature for decades, but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is waging an unusually aggressive and costly battle to change that in the general election to overcome Democratic opposition to her legislative proposals.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 5, 2012

    In 1962
    Friday, Nov. 2 — Now in operation on the Highlands University campus is the National Institute of Health-sponsored Computer Center built around an IBM 1620 model, and complementary equipment, in all valued at approximately $200,000. Dr. E. Gerald Meyer is the Dean of the Graduate School and director of the Institute for Scientific Research, and Dr. M.G. Howat is the director of the Computer Center.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 5, 2012

    Dr. Robert Bell to give lecture

    A fine art print lecture Series by Dr. Robert Bell will be held at 4 p.m. this Wednesday at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of New Mexico Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The talk will be on “Fine Art Prints with a Musical Theme.” For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.
     

  • Weather - Nov. 5, 2012

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:27 a.m. to 5:01 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 5, 2012

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 7, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Sun and the Wind” retold by Mairi Mackinnon. Free and open to the public.

  • Help make history again

    Four years ago, at this pre-election moment and in this exact space, we spoke in awe of the presidential election year that was about to conclude. Indeed, 2008 was a year in which the first viable female candidate for president was narrowly bested by the first African-American candidate with a chance to win, while on the other side of the political fence we witnessed the rebirth of a politician whose candidacy had months earlier been declared dead. Then there were the issues — an incredibly unpopular war in Iraq and an economy in peril. We were indeed on the cusp of history.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 5, 2012
  • Editor's Note - A regional alliance

    It seems the idea of a broader, regional approach to water issues in northeastern New Mexico gained some traction last week with a regional water symposium at Luna Community College. There’s another meeting being planned in an attempt to turn the talk into action.