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Today's News

  • Correction - Sept. 5, 2014

    A caption in the photo page of the Aug. 29 edition of the Optic incorrectly stated that a raffle was being conducted by the Friends of Carnegie Library. However, the raffle for a blanket was conducted independently, not in connection with the Friends.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 5, 2014

    The Associated Press

    State sees drop in overdose deaths
    State health officials say New Mexico’s rate of drug overdose deaths has now dropped a second year in a row.

    The Department of Health reports that there were 449 overdose deaths in 2013 for a rate of just under 22 deaths per 100,000 population. That compares with 521 deaths and a rate of just under 26 deaths per 100,000 population in 2011.

    The department says the 2013 rate is the lowest since 2009 and that the two-year drop was the first since 1990.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 5, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 25 and Sept. 3:
    Daniel Roybal, 27, probation violation  
    James Clifford, 21, DWI
    Gary Vigil, 56, day commitment
    Roger Griego, 21, traffic offense, suspended/revoked
    Deena Vigil, 29, Adult Probation Office arrest order
    Anthony Valdez, 24, probation violation
    Destiny Garcia, 20, failure to appear
    ReginaRae Gutierrez, 29, failure to appear
    Lawrence Valerio, 38, battery on household member

  • Court to hear death-row appeals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s remaining death row inmates are asking the state’s highest court to spare them from potential execution because lawmakers repealed capital punishment after they were sentenced to die by lethal injection.

  • Tesla decision sparks criticism

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors’ a battery factory.

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn’t select New Mexico because of “a failure of leadership” by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

  • HU grad wins photo contest

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University media arts graduate won first place in a global photography contest for the International Student Voice Magazine.  

    Shanea Strachan, a Bahamas native, garnered the international college student award from a pool of 119 photographers with a self-portrait she created for her Photography II class at Highlands. Her photograph was featured in the magazine in August.

  • HU’s Romero helps Native Americans with challenges

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    One of the biggest challenges Native American students face in college is keeping their cultural identity strong, said Highlands’ new Native American recruiter.

  • Schools to launch tech program

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Students at one Santa Fe elementary school will soon share about 250 iPads as the school district takes a first step toward launching a $55 million plan to provide each of its 14,000 students with a digital device over the next five years.

    The district is contracting with Apple Inc. and Pearson PLC, an educational services company that provides a curriculum on the devices. It’s also working with IT Connect Inc., a local company that will provide the hardware, software and other support.

  • Editorial cartoon - Sept. 5, 2014
  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 5, 2014

    THUMBS UP! BUCKETS OF COLD WATER
    Luna Community College President Pete Campos and other college employees took part in an ice bucket challenge last month to raise money for the LCC Foundation and student scholarships. Contributors donated money to the Foundation in exchange for Campos and other staffers agreeing to have buckets of ice-cold water poured on them. We applaud Campos and all of the other participants for being good sports.

    THUMBS DOWN! GUILTY PLEA IN ROBBERY CASES