Today's News

  • Students leave mark with mural

    By Kaitlin Cordes
    Effingham Daily News

    EFFINGHAM, Ill.  — For most students, summer marks a three-month-long detachment from school and from learning.
    However, 14-year-olds Janette Bovard, Josie Forbes, Dylan Ritz and Aiden Beck are not most students.

    On May 25, the four former Effingham Junior High School classmates began painting a mural in the junior high’s cafeteria to leave their legacy at the school.

  • Dear Teacher - July 8, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My child in pre-kindergarten just scribbles, even his name. However, some kids in his class try to write words. How do children learn to start writing? —Scribbler

    Answer: Fine motor skills are the ones that children use to color, cut, paste, paint and begin to write from the first day they start preschool. Other skills requiring fine motor abilities are tying shoes and fastening buttons.

  • BREAKING: Four officers killed, seven injured at Dallas protest

    By Terry Wallace

    The Associated Press

    DALLAS — At least two snipers opened fire on police officers in Dallas on Thursday night, killing four officers and injuring seven others during protests over two recent fatal police shootings of black men, police said.

    Dallas Police Chief David Brown told reporters the snipers fired "ambush style" upon the officers. Mayor Mike Rawlings said one member of the public was wounded in the gunfire.

  • Watrous fire house may close

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Thirty years ago, Watrous volunteer firefighter Max Gallegos dashed out the door for middle-of-the-night emergency calls.

    At age 75, with a bad back and asthma, it now takes more like a half-hour.

  • Vegas man charged with rape

    A 22-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested last Friday on a warrant charging him with criminal sexual penetration of a minor, a second-degree felony.

    Francisco Richardo Maestas, who resides on the 1100 block of Railroad Avenue, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center and spent the weekend in jail. Online court records state that a release order and bond were filed Tuesday.

  • Worker overseeing aid for poor reassigned

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The director of an office overseeing supplementary food and financial assistance within the New Mexico Human Services Department has been reassigned amid state and federal inquiries into that office’s handling of benefit applications.

  • ART-Bark raises $5K for animal welfare

    Submitted to the Optic

    Animal Protection New Mexico has announced a new partnership with Las Vegas’ Animal Welfare Coalition.

    The announcement was made on June 25 during a fundraising event for the Las Vegas Pet Center. More than 100 people attended the ARTBark fundraiser, including City Council members Vince Howell and Barbara Perea-Casey

  • Justice Department closes Clinton email probe with no charges

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email setup has been formally closed without any criminal charges, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday.

    The decision had been expected and was largely a formality given FBI Director James Comey’s recommendation a day earlier against any prosecution. Even before Comey’s public statement, Lynch had said she intended to accept the recommendations of the FBI director and of her career prosecutors.

  • Jail Log July 8, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 28 and July 5:

  • Thumbs - July 8, 2016

    This year’s fiestas didn’t disappoint. As expected, Sparx drew a huge crowd to Plaza Park Saturday evening, and the group put on a great performance. The other groups brought in to provide entertainment for this year’s fiestas also did an amazing job. We had hundreds participate in this year’s Fiesta Run, and Monday night’s fireworks display was spectacular. The bottom line is that this year’s fiestas were a resounding success, and we applaud everyone who had a hand in putting on such a great event.