Today's News

  • Looking Back - May 18, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, May 17 — First Lt. Alfonso E. Garcia, former Las Vegas Guardsman now in active duty, has recently been assigned as the battery commander of Battery D 6th Missile Battalion 71st Artillery at Fort Bliss, Texas, according to an announcement from Capt. Alvin Regensberg, local National Guard Unit Commander. Lt. Garcia entered the National Guard after an active duty tour in Greenland and the Continental United States. He enlisted in the local National Guard unit in June 1956, and later attended the New Mexico Military Academy at Santa Fe.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 18, 2015

    Story Time at Carnegie Library
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 20, in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - May 18, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Showers and thunderstorms at night. Low around 46. Southeast wind 10-20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

  • In Brief - News - May 18, 2015

    The Associated Press

    4 plague cases confirmed in NM

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health says four cases of plague and 10 cases of tularemia have been reported in animals around the state since Jan. 1.
    Plague cases include one cat from Bernalillo County and one dog, a rabbit and a mouse from Santa Fe County.
    Tularemia cases include one cat from Los Alamos County, a dog from Taos County, three dogs and a rabbit from Santa Fe County and three dogs and one rabbit from Bernalillo County.

  • Schools can do more to prevent teen pregnancy

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico has no clear strategy on how to keep decreasing what is currently the second-highest rate of teens giving birth nationwide, a legislative report states.

    The Legislative Finance Committee report said inconsistent implementation of comprehensive standards for sex education may be a contributing factor. Public schools are required to instruct students on various ways to prevent pregnancy, but not all of them do, the findings stated.

  • Going Green - In El Paso, drastic weather paves way for green investments

    By Betsy Blaney and Emily Schmall
    The Associated Press

    EL PASO, Texas — In the parched Chihuahua Desert, El Paso has pioneered a strategy of resource management that could set the standard for West Texas and arid regions worldwide.

    The city’s publicly traded utility is divesting from coal in favor of solar energy and plans to build solar farms at neighboring Fort Bliss to help the U.S. Army base consume only as much energy as it creates.

  • Students of the month - May 18
  • Fly-fishing workshop set

    Submitted to the Optic

    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance (HPWA) is offering a fly-fishing workshop for beginners or experienced anglers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at Gallinas Canyon.

    Fly-fishing, like hunting, helps keep us connected with reading the land and water ways. Discussion will focus on whether the river is healthy enough to support trout and how to enhance the river’s ability to sustain a healthy trout population.

  • Que Pasa - May 18, 2015

    • Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Jaquin Amador of The Loadn Fund and Bernadette Lujan of Balanced Health Acupuncture, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 18, at El Fidel Hotel. Open to the public. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

    • Tierra y Montes Soil & Water Conservation District will hold its monthly board meeting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, May 19 at the U.S. Forest Service building. For more information, call 425-9088.


  • Overhaul Patriot Act

    Editor’s note: The following editorial is from  The Free Press of Mankato, Minn.

    The Patriot Act was rushed through Congress 14 years ago amid the obvious fear following 9/11.

    Since then, particularly since Edward Snowden’s revelations of invasion of privacy by the National Security Agency, the wisdom of the Patriot Act’s sweeping authority for spy agencies has been looked at more soberly.