Today's News

  • Looking Ahead-Sports Jan. 22, 2016

    •NMHU women and men at Adams State, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Alamosa, Colo.
    •Pecos boys (A,B) and girls (A,B) at Academy for Technology and the Classics, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    •Valley Middle School boys vs. Eldorado, 4 p.m., Valley gym
    Track and field
    •NMHU women at Cherry & Silver Invite, TBA, Albuquerque; and at Air Force Invite, TBA, Colorado Springs

    •NMHU women and men at Fort Lewis, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m., Durango, Colo.

  • Wrapping it up
  • Bills hire first female coach

    The Associated Press

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The NFL has its first full-time female coach.

    Kathryn Smith was promoted by the Buffalo Bills on Wednesday night to take over as special teams quality control coach on Rex Ryan’s staff.

    She will assist special teams coordinator Danny Crossman and his assistant Eric Smith, filling the role that opened after Michael Hamlin was not retained following the season.

  • Panthers outlast Dulce in District 2-3A debut

    The deficit kept inching upward for the Pecos boys’ basketball team Wednesday night at Dulce.

    But it wasn’t big enough.

    The Panthers, who’ve had some experience rallying against seemingly cozy leads, proved resilient again and came back for a 66-63 triumph in the District 2-3A opener for both schools.

    Arturo Archuleta led Pecos with 19 points, and Joe Vigil scored 15, as head coach Ira Harge’s Panthers boosted their record to 12-5.

  • County terminates new lawyer

    Just eight months after hiring a new law firm to replace longtime county attorney Jesus Lopez, the San Miguel County Commission is once again in the market for a lawyer.

    Without much discussion, San Miguel County commissioners voted last week to sever ties with Albuquerque-based Stetson Law Offices, P.C., and with attorney Joe Diaz.

  • Lawmakers convene to forge budget

    By Morgan Lee and Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Legislature convened Tuesday to forge a budget aimed at keeping pace with soaring health care costs for low-income residents, stimulating a sluggish state economy, and possibly increasing pay to teachers and police.

    The 30-day budgetary session leaves little time to spare, and legislators were already clamoring to push through major policy initiatives involving violent crime and public corruption.

  • Items collected for the homeless

    Martin Luther King Jr.’s memory is celebrated every third Monday is January. This day is also known as a day of service for many as people gather to give back to their communities in various forms from volunteering to donating time and items as a way of giving back to their communities.

    The service is done in remembrance of King’s service to the nation and his effort to curb racism as a leader of the civil rights movement.

  • NM still has highest child poverty rate in U.S.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Advocates are pushing state lawmakers to address the state’s dismal ranking when it comes to child wellbeing and the number who live in poverty.

    New Mexico Voices for Children released the annual Kids Count Data Book on Tuesday as the Legislature gears up for a 30-day session focused on the budget, education and public safety.

    The report says the number of children living in poverty decreased slightly to 30 percent from 2013 to 2014. However, New Mexico still has the highest child poverty rate in the nation.

  • Plans unveiled for Vegas Day at the Legislature

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Las Vegas Partners for Progress will arrive at the Roundhouse in Santa Fe Jan. 28 to showcase the best of Las Vegas and San Miguel County.

    Displays will be featured in the East Halls of History at the Capitol Roundhouse located at the corner of Paseo de Peralta and Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. A reception will follow from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Eldorado Hotel, 309 W. San Francisco, Santa Fe.

  • Editorial Cartoon Jan 20, 2016