Today's News

  • Jail Log - June 22, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 12 and June 19:
    Richard Romero, 35, bench warrant: possession of controlled substance, probation violation
    Sean Loftus, 19, failure to appear
    Antonio Goke, 19, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer
    Victor Encinias, 23, interference with communications
    Valentine Jimenez, abandonment or abuse of a child, bench warrant
    Daniel Lujan, 28, mental health hold

  • New painkiller rules pushed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s pharmacy and medical boards are considering proposals that call for greater scrutiny from doctors and pharmacists in giving prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the state Board of Pharmacy will consider various proposals, including one to increase the number of prescribers who use the state’s prescription-drug monitoring program.

  • Traveling exhibition coming to Highlands

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Ray Drew Gallery at New Mexico Highlands University will present Return of the Corn Mothers, a photographic exhibition featuring the stories and portraits of multi-generational and multi-cultural women of the Southwest.

    This exhibition is on loan from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Department of Chicana/o Studies Journey Through Our Heritage program.
    The traveling exhibition is a 2007 Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute award winner and a 2009 Colorado Endowment for the Humanities award recipient.

  • Que Pasa - June 22, 2012

    • Youth Art/Talent Show, 5 p.m. on Friday, June 22 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Ages 12 and older are invited to participate, any form of art is welcome. For more information, email BAMD.LV@gmail.com. This event is being facilitated by UNM BA/MD pre-med students assigned to Las Vegas.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - June 22, 2012

    THUMBS UP! GOT IT DONE. Maybe it was George Sprenger’s letter to the editor that got the ball rolling, but the three box trailers that had been sitting for about three months at Eighth Street and Highland Drive have finally been removed. Sprenger tells us it’s the result of action taken by the city’s Code Enforcement Division, the state Department of Transportation, the City Council and citizens’ concerns. Plus, he thanks landowner Carlos Gallegos “for his sensitivity to that neighborhood’s concerns.”

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 22, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Armed deputies guard Carl Magee trial

    As Carl Magee went on trial in June of 1923, Sheriff Lorenzo Delgado posted armed deputies in Judge Leahy’s courtroom — and their presence was unmistakable and intimidating. As later remembered by an Optic reporter who covered the trial, “heavily armed deputies constantly walked back and forth across the well of the court between the jury room and Judge Leahy’s chambers.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Excerpts from editorials around the nation - June 22, 2012

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, on heroin’s rise (June 19) — As the Minnesota Department of Human Services reported this week that abuse of heroin and prescription opiates has risen sharply, Carol Falkowski came to mind. Last fall, in a Pioneer Press news report and follow-up for these pages, she said this: “Heroin is here, and we have never seen it like this before.”
    We were warned.

  • Meadow City tracksters shine at state

    Members of the Meadow City Track Club racked up 16 first-place finishes — a half dozen in team relay events — in the recent state competition.

    The team will next compete in regionals July 5-8 at the University of Texas at El Paso. Approximately 30 young athletes have qualified for that meet, according to coach Morgan Montaño.

    The Meadow City Track Club includes nearly three dozen participants from across the community.

  • Little League - Finals this weekend

    Wednesday belonged to teams wearing Cubs blue and red at Rodriguez Park, where La Plaza Little League’s tournaments drew closer to completion.

    In the Majors bracket, the third-seeded Cubs pulled off a mild upset of the second-seeded Nationals in a game that extended until after 10:30 p.m. It was just a one-run margin as of the second inning, but the Cubs built up a 13-3 spread by the end of the fourth and kept that lead intact to put the game away in five.