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Today's News

  • Letter: Criticism for anti-abortionists

    The answer to abortion is simple: No unplanned pregnancies. Yes, it is that simple.

    How do we eliminate unplanned pregnancies? By providing comprehensive sex education in our schools and readily accessible and freely available birth-control to all. That’s the solution.

    So why is abortion such a tumultuous controversy? This obvious and simple solution would eliminate the need for the majority of abortions.

  • Publisher's Note: Vote on year's top stories

    Every year about this time, we begin sifting through the year’s Optics to select the biggest local stories of the year. I’ve always enjoyed this year-end chore, but this time around we’re going to do it differently.

    This year, you get to be the judge.

    Today, on Page B7, you’ll find a master list, compiled by copy editor Art Trujillo, of the big local stories covered by the Optic in 2009. I ask that you go through this list and rank the top 10 stories of the year.

    The rules for participation are simple:

  • Editorial: Don't shoot messenger

    We’re glad to see Richard Grogan, CEO of Alta Vista Regional Hospital, present his side of the story involving the hospital’s relationship with the union that was voted in a couple years ago, but we’re sorry to see him fall into the trap of “blaming the messenger” for some of his troubles.

  • Guard, local agencies hold hazmat drill

    A unit of the New Mexico National Guard last week held an exercise with local agencies to prepare for the possibility of a hazardous materials incident.

    The 64th Civil Support Team from Rio Rancho supports state and local authorities for manmade and natural disasters and incidents involving weapons of mass destruction and hazardous materials.

  • Luna focuses on trade programs

    Luna Community College is aiming to get accreditation for many of its vocational programs.

    The school is developing courses to achieve accreditation for its automotive, culinary arts, commercial driver’s license and electricity journeyman programs.

    The cosmetology program already has its accreditation through the New Mexico Cosmetology Board.

  • Officials: Alta Vista stopped new admissions for a short time

    A month ago, Alta Vista Regional Hospital closed its doors for a short time to any new admissions, its top official said this week.

    Richard Grogan, Alta Vista’s CEO, told the San Miguel County Commission that a lot of people were sick locally and many of the hospital’s employees were calling in sick. He said he closed the hospital to new admissions “until we got to more comfortable levels.”

    He said the hospital would have arranged transportation of sick people to other hospitals.

  • HU teams eye rebound at home

    New Mexico Highlands basketball teams hope a little holiday season home cooking will leave a pleasant taste in their mouths this weekend when league rival Colorado-Colorado Springs comes to town.

    The Cowboys (5-3) and Cowgirls (3-2) are looking to rebound from their first back-to-back losses of the season after being swept on the rugged Nebraska road trip last weekend in Kearney and Chadron.

  • Cheerleading coach's case is closed

    The Police Department has closed its investigation into Robertson High School’s cheerleading coach, who was suspected of “inappropriate” activity.

    But Krystle King’s job may still be in jeopardy. She was placed on administrative leave  last month when the allegations became known.

    Police Chief Gary Gold said her alleged actions didn’t rise to the level of a crime. Officials haven’t described the nature of the allegations against King.

  • Exercise system is on Gallinas riverwalk

    Las Vegas has unveiled its outdoor fitness system along the Gallinas riverwalk.

    This community fitness program was started by the city to promote health and fitness. The program includes several exercise stations that focus on free resistance outdoor exercise. The stations can provide a tailored workout for teens and adults at all fitness levels.    

    The new community fitness system is along the riverwalk walking path between Mills Avenue and Independence Avenue. It is about 1.3 miles long.  

  • Letter: Powell concerned about land swap

    I am very concerned about the proposed state land office Whites Peak land exchange. Specifically, the integrity of the appraisal process needs to be looked at very closely and I would strongly recommend that the appraisals be verified by a second disinterested party.

    Also, I am told that land office commercial properties in the Sandia Science and Technology park and at Mesa del Sol in Albuquerque are being considered as part of this exchange. This is where the appraisals need to be very sound to protect the best interests of the trust.