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Today's News

  • Civil rights leader to address grads

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A prominent leader in America’s civil rights movement will be this year’s commencement speaker at Highlands University’s main campus ceremony this Saturday.

    Rev. Samuel Billy Kyles became one of the key strategists for the civil rights movement in the early ‘60s, working alongside Martin Luther King, Jr. Kyles was at King’s side when King was assassinated.

  • Salman Ranch continues rich tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    Mike Salman’s family has been growing plants and trees in La Cueva for more than 60 years. So it’s not surprising that Salman, general manager of the Salman Ranch and Nursery, uses methods developed by previous generations while weaving in tricks he’s discovered on his own.

    One of the tricks he discovered is recycling composted raspberry branches back into the soil. “It adds nutrients and keeps the gophers and deer away,” he says. “I also use rocks to help keep the soil around the trees moist.”

  • Looking Back - May 11, 2012

    In 1912

    Monday, May 13 — April was the fourth coldest month ever recorded in the history of New Mexico, averaging 1.3 degrees  colder than the lowest previous record, that of April 1908. Except for the last two or three days, the month was cold throughout.
     

  • Watershed Olympics to be held Saturday

    Gallinas Watershed Olympics, a family event, will be held from 12:30 to 5 p.m. this Saturday at the United World College USA campus in Montezuma. Kite making and flying, fly casting demonstrations, watershed models, live music, sports, games, music and more will be part of the day’s activities. For more information, call Monica at 575-387-6488 or Lea at 425-5514.

  • Weather - May 11, 2012

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming east 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 45. East wind 5-10 mph.

    Saturday
     A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Sunday

  • Obama supports gay marriage

    By Julie Pace
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — On the fence no longer, President Barack Obama declared his unequivocal support for gay marriage on Wednesday, a historic announcement that gave the polarizing social issue a more prominent role in the 2012 race for the White House.

    The announcement was the first by a sitting president, and Republican challenger Mitt Romney swiftly disagreed with it. “I believe that marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said while campaigning in Oklahoma.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - May 11, 2012

    THUMBS UP! NO CLOSINGS. Good news for Holman, Villanueva and thousands of other rural communities across the nation — the U.S. Postal Service has scrapped its plan to close about 3,700 post offices, instead opting to cut hours instead.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 11, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Ezequiel C de Baca fought to protect land grant

    After Felix Martinez left Las Vegas in 1900, La Voz del Pueblo continued under Ezequiel C de Baca and Antonio Lucero. The weekly newspaper had a circulation of about 3,000 throughout New Mexico, and was the Territory’s leading Spanish language periodical.

    C de Baca and Lucero continued their Hispanic-oriented populist advocacy on the pages of La Voz, and between 1900 and 1912, the weekly became the alternative (Democratic) newspaper, fiercely critical of the established Republican order of the time.

  • Another Perspective - Mora’s solid waste issues

    As a low-income community, Mora County has faced great challenges in addressing basic services with regard to solid waste management.  

    The Mora County Collection Center (Mora County Transfer Station) is a project that is a small portion to the larger issue of solid waste management in Mora County.  Historically, solid waste disposal has been challenging, difficult, and was in great need of improvement.