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Today's News

  • Railroad safety must be no easy business

    Palabras Pintorescas — By Editha Bartley

    Yes, I am a news junkie, and when I heard on the TV news that there was a train wreck, derailment near Watrous, here in Mora County, I was surely surprised.

    Train wrecks are not common in this part of our world and this passenger train apparently hit a fallen rock on the track. That is not good.

  • Bail reduced for murder defendant

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A defendent in a San Miguel county murder case, who had been previously held without bail, is still in jail, but a hearing this week changed the circumstances somewhat.

    Ruth Rivera, 53, was being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $500,000 cash bond. At a hearing last week, Fourth District Court Judge Abigail Aragon changed the terms to $25,000 cash or a $100,000 property bond.

  • Martinez declines invite to discuss bail reform

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is declining an invitation from state lawmakers to discuss her proposal to repeal and replace voter-approved bail reforms.
    This week, Martinez declined an invitation to appear before a panel of lawmakers in a letter that said New Mexico residents are appalled by the results of a constitutional amendment approved by voters last year to reform the state’s bail system.

  • Mora Schools staff reinstated

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A judge ruled this week that the Mora Independent School District must reinstate three employees who were fired without cause more than a year ago.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that former superintendent LeAnne Salazar-Montoya ousted teacher Edwina Romero and counselors Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas without specifying reasons why, prompting the American Federation of Teachers to later sue.

  • NMDOT offers winter driving tips

    Submitted to the Optic

  • In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Celebration in Barcelona

  • Jail Log from Sunday's Optic, Oct. 29, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 13 and Oct. 26:
    Paul Apodaca, 48, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Roberto Benavidez, 67, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Alexander Lara, 39, aggravated assault against a household member, stalking, Mora County.
    Mariano Araica, 26, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, robbery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Santa Fe County.

  • By George, he had it

    By Phaedra Haywood, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Funeral arrangements were pending late last week for George Edwin Adelo Jr., renowned musician, lawyer, businessman, father, friend and proud Pecoseño who died Monday evening from complications related to an infection. He was 64.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

  • Hey, lawmakers: ‘Dreamers’ are contributors

    Discussions about “Dreamers” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients — should include the fact that these young people are paying customers, both when they begin their education in the U.S. and after they graduate.

    The Optic Editorital Board applauds the San Miguel County Commission’s recent effort to support DACA legislation, and we implore state lawmakers Tomás Salazar and Pete Campos, as well as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to do the same.