Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - Discovering treasures and people

    We all have a chapter or two in our lives that could be titled “People I have known,” more specifically, people who we remember for some specific reasons. My list is a long and fun one in this category, and a recent event brought back many long ago memories.

    I discovered a treasure of sorts way back in a closet, a full rather strange treasure for most people. I have a half-full bottle of Guisano Rajo Mezcal — complete with the traditional worm in the bottle — that was given us here at the guest ranch by Peter Hurd in the late 1960’s.

  • June deadline for applications

    Submitted to the Optic

    MANA del Norte is accepting scholarship applications for the 2012 – 2013 academic year. Applicants must be a resident of one of the following northern New Mexico counties:  Rio Arriba, Taos, Los Alamos, Mora, Santa Fe, or San Miguel. This year, 5 – $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to selected recipients. “Since inception in 1989, MANA del Norte has awarded more than $125,000 to residents of Northern New Mexico,” said Dolores E. Roybal, president of MANA del Norte.

  • Printmaking exhibit opens Feb. 17

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents “Print, Printed, Printing (2),” a printmaking exhibit and free conference featuring nationally known artists, Feb. 17 – 18.

    The reception for the printmaking art exhibit is from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Feb. 17 in the Burris Hall Gallery, 903 National Ave. The exhibit continues through March 7.

    All events for the conference are free and open to the public. The complete conference schedule is available at Burris Hall.

  • Suspect has string of DWIs

    The man charged with vehicular homicide for the Feb. 3 crash that left one of his passengers dead had a string of prior drunken driving convictions and a suspended or revoked license, court records show.

    Rudolph A. Muniz, 52, was convicted of driving drunk in 1993, 1994, 2003 and in 2009. Indeed, court records indicate he may have had three other drunken driving arrests.

    The 2009 case involved an incident where Muniz was pulled over because he was swerving. He had no insurance and a suspended or revoked license because of prior DWIs.

  • Six council candidates favor Dodge

    Six of the eight candidates running for the two City Council seats up for grabs in the March 6 election said they support City Manager Timothy Dodge, most said they are in favor of raises for city workers, and most argue that economic development is the most important issue affecting the city aside from water.

    All eight City Council candidates were on hand Monday night to answer questions during the first of two candidate forums sponsored by the Optic. A forum for the mayoral candidates will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. next Monday at the Memorial Middle School auditorium.

  • Nuptial bargains
  • Two with yanked licenses re-arrested

    Two men whose licenses to drive were suspended or revoked for driving drunk were arrested again in recent weeks on new drinking and driving charges.

    State police arrested Philip E. Sweeney, 39, of the 800 block of West National, on Feb. 5. He is charged with driving under the influence, fifth offense, a fourth-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended or revoked license and speeding.

  • Federal appeal filed in redistricting case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republicans asked a federal court on Monday to take over the job of drawing new districts for the state House of Representatives.

    GOP lawyers filed a lawsuit on behalf of several voters asking a federal court in Albuquerque to appoint a three judge panel to draw district boundaries for the 70-member House. The voters include two Albuquerque-area Republicans who intend to run for House seats once new districts are established.

  • Looking Back - News - Feb. 15, 2012

    In 1935

    Thursday, Feb. 14 — Within a week to 10 days, drillers will start work on a well near the city, in an effort to bolster the community’s water supply. E.A. Bradner, manager of the Agua Pura Co., announced today... The proposed well will be drilled to a depth in excess of 1,200 feet, and if the supply of water encountered at that depth is not sufficient to insure an adequate water supply for Las Vegas during the ensuing summer months, additional wells are contemplated, it was indicated.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 15, 2012

    Highlands hosting free play this Thursday

    Highlands University presents “The Meeting,” a play about Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, at 7 p.m. this Thursday at Ilfeld Auditorium in celebration of Black History Month. The play, which is free and open to the public, portrays a fictional meeting between the two leaders of the American Civil Rights Movement.