Today's News

  • Garcia to sue over Campos candidacy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state legislator said Monday he plans a lawsuit challenging the candidacy of a longtime Democratic state senator, who’s among a dozen candidates facing questions over the validity of their filings to get on the June primary ballot.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran said she will place the candidates, including seven legislators, on the ballot based on the advice of the Attorney General’s Office. However, it appears likely that the courts will end up resolving the election year dispute.

  • Highlands workers to get bonuses

    New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month.

    Full time employees who have been with the university prior to Jan. 1 will get one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given prorated bonuses.

  • Prescribed burn under way in Pecos/Las Vegas district

    Submitted to the Optic

    A 144 acre prescribed burn was to have begun Tuesday on the Santa Fe National Forest, weather conditions permitting.

    Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

    The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn. The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos. Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — San Miguel County residents secured good appointments at the hands of the state legislature. Manuel D. Pino was made Sergeant at Arms and Nepumoceno Duran was selected as reading clerk of the senate.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 28, 2012

    Low cost pet vaccinations available

    A low-cost vaccination clinic for pets will be held from noon to 3 p.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at the Luna Community College Motor Pool Building. Services offered: Rabies — $10, Parvo/Distemper — $10, Feline/Distemper — $10, Deworming — $5, Tape Deworming — $5 — $15 and Microchipping — $6. Dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers.

  • Weather - March 28, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42.  

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

  • New Addition
  • Que Pasa - March 28, 2012

    • Las Vegas Women’s Golf Association sign-up, 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 28, at 769 Diane. For more information, call Judy Long at 425-6003.

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 28, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “My Side of the Car” by Kate Feiffer. The theme for the month is “Woman’s Month — Books Written for Children by Women.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Reforms on the line

    We admit to losing enthusiasm for President Obama’s signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act, even though it’s the first bit of substantive health care reform to be enacted in decades. The nation’s health care system needs an overhaul, but when the administration caved to pressure and dropped the public option in 2009, we felt a pang of discontent with everything that passed thereafter.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 28, 2012