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Today's News

  • Jail Log from Sunday's Optic, Oct. 29, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 13 and Oct. 26:
    Paul Apodaca, 48, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Roberto Benavidez, 67, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Alexander Lara, 39, aggravated assault against a household member, stalking, Mora County.
    Mariano Araica, 26, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, robbery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Santa Fe County.

  • By George, he had it

    By Phaedra Haywood, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Funeral arrangements were pending late last week for George Edwin Adelo Jr., renowned musician, lawyer, businessman, father, friend and proud Pecoseño who died Monday evening from complications related to an infection. He was 64.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017

  • Hey, lawmakers: ‘Dreamers’ are contributors

    Discussions about “Dreamers” — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients — should include the fact that these young people are paying customers, both when they begin their education in the U.S. and after they graduate.

    The Optic Editorital Board applauds the San Miguel County Commission’s recent effort to support DACA legislation, and we implore state lawmakers Tomás Salazar and Pete Campos, as well as U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, to do the same.

  • A question that can transform your life

    Just a Thought — By Rick Kraft

    I have a new test for you to use in the life you live. If you apply this test, it can change your life.

    Okay, that is a lot to say in an opening to a column, but read on...I know that there are many facets of your life. You have family, friends, organizations you are involved in, possibly a job, and so on.

  • Bail reforms not to blame for crime

    Another Perspective — By Leo M. Romero

    Reforms to New Mexico’s traditional money-based bail system will make our community safer by permitting judges to lock up defendants who are most likely to commit new crimes if released. And the reforms should not be blamed for the increase in crime reported in the press.

  • Dolores Huerta: ‘Sí se puede’

    Beth Speaks for Herself — by Beth Urech

    Co-founder of United Farm Workers. First Latina inducted into The National Women’s Hall of Fame. Awarded Presidential Medal of Honor by Obama. 87-year-old crusader for civil rights. Coined the phrase: “Sí se puede.”

    Before I heard Dolores Huerta, I wish I had known she was born in Dawson, just 100 miles north of here. What a great way to make a connection! When her parents divorced, she moved to Stockton, Calif., but still.

  • Reaching for the top: RHS volleyball aims for return to state final

    In three years’ time they’ve gone from a surprise state tournament darkhorse to a clear top-three program, perhaps the best Class 4A volleyball team in New Mexico other than juggernaut Sandia Prep.
    These Robertson Lady Cardinals are legit.

    On Thursday night, they completed an undefeated run through the District 2-4A schedule, taking down Pojoaque Valley — 25-14, 25-9, 25-7 — at Mike Marr Gym.

    Robertson has gotten better about putting opponents away when they have a chance to finish early.

  • Licenses up to snuff, PED says

    The New Mexico Public Education Department recently replied to the Optic’s request to check on the names of several area educators and the status of their licensing, and there has been no action taken to revoke, suspend or otherwise affect any license in the group.

    West Las Vegas Middle and High School Dean of Students Thomas Trujillo, former Pecos High School Principal and Special Education Director Claire Lazar and former Mora special-education coordinator Vanessa Sidransky all have valid licenses with no special notations or conditions.

  • George R.R. Martin mixes business, politics at film forum

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Author and film producer George R. R. Martin waded into the politics of movie-industry tax breaks last week while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

    Martin, a longtime Santa Fe resident and author of fantasy novels behind the “Game of Thrones” television series, made a plea to raise or eliminate New Mexico’s $50 million annual limit on the state’s tax incentive for film production.