Today's News

  • NM VA clinic among worst for delays

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    A Veterans Affairs clinic in northwestern New Mexico ranks among the worst in the nation when it comes to the percentage of appointments that were delayed a month or longer.

    While local VA officials say they’re doing their best to expand services in rural areas where recruiting is a challenge, advocates say more needs to be done — and quickly.

  • In Brief - News - April 10, 2015

    The Associated Press

    NM water-supply forecast a downer

    SANTA FE — A new water-supply forecast signals that New Mexico could face continued trouble.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the Climate Prediction Center forecast indicates that recent warm temperatures and relatively little snowfall means the state likely faces below-average runoff from snowpack in higher elevation for the fifth straight year.

  • Gusts with a vengeance
  • Former governor of Laguna Pueblo to address Republicans

    Submitted to the Optic

    The former governor of Laguna Pueblo, Richard Luarkie, will speak at 11 a.m. April 25 in the meeting room of the Best Western Montezuma Inn and Suites, 2020 N Grand Ave.   

    San Miguel County Republicans will meet at 9 a.m. for their Biennial Organizational Convention to elect new County Central Committee members, new county officers, and delegates to the Republican State Central Committee. Following the convention, there will be a reception for Gov. Luarkie.

  • Jail Log - April 10, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 31 and April 6:
    Dominic Quintana, 42, failure to appear, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Vivian Vigil, 27, aggravated battery on household member, interference with communication
    Jacob Cordova, age unavailable, aggravated DWI, possession of marijuana, no headlamps
    Jose Trujillo, 27, 26-day commitment
    Jenny Montaño, 29, failure to pay fines, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant SM Magistrate/SM District

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 10, 2015

    After months of having to share space — first with District Court and then with the San Miguel County Detention Center and Sheriff’s Office — San Miguel County Magistrate Court has a new home. The court opened the doors to its new location at 312 Bibb Industrial Drive on Monday. It moved out of its Seventh Street building because employees were getting sick there. We’re glad to see the move and hope it finally brings stability to the court, which has been in flux in recent months.

  • Editorial cartoon - April 10, 2015
  • Another perspective - Evaluations: Teachers, schools and universities

    By Joseph W. McCaffrey

    Much has been written about the New Mexico student/teacher/school evaluation system. Here is my contribution.

  • Just a Thought - Be careful what street you walk down

    By Rick Kraft

    Have you ever found yourself in a situation you don’t want to be in? You look up and ask yourself the question, “How did I get here?” or “What am I doing here?” You wish you could push “Stop” and then “Rewind” and then put a different tape in? Do you ever pray “Lord, if you get me out of this I will never make this same mistake again?” I am sure it has happened to all of us. And it is probable it will happen again.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 10, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press
    The Nashua (N.H.) Telegraph on the upcoming presidential election (April 2):
    It was President Lyndon Johnson who once observed that, “Whenever most senators look in a mirror, they see a president.”
    That undoubtedly applies to Sens. Rand Paul, Lindsay Graham and Marco Rubio, but Texas Sen. Ted Cruz may be the only one among them who looks in the mirror and sees Galileo.
    Cruz likened himself to the Italian scientist and philosopher in a recent interview with the Texas Tribune.