Today's News

  • Presbyterian pulling out of New Mexico health exchange

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Officials with Presbyterian Health Plan say the insurance company will no longer offer individual and family plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in New Mexico starting next year.

    The decision will affect 10,000 exchange members, 80 percent of whom now receive federal subsidies. Presbyterian has sent letters to members notifying them of the changes.

    Presbyterian officials say patients who purchased on the exchange used medical services 30 percent more than other patient groups off the exchange.

  • In Brief - News - July 15, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • Ex-deputy pleads guilty

    The Associated Press

    A former Colfax County Sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.

    Prosecutors say 46-year-old Vidal Sandoval, of Cimarron, entered his plea Wednesday.

    The FBI and the New Mexico State Police arrested Sandoval in March 2015 for allegedly trying to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in Colfax County the previous month.

  • Jail Log - July 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 5 and July 12:

  • Ginsburg apologizes for ‘ill-advised’ criticism of Trump

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Conceding her outspoken criticism of Donald Trump was “ill advised,” Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg apologized Thursday in an effort to quiet mounting complaints that she improperly crossed a line into partisan politics.

    Promising to be more discreet in the future, the leader of the court’s liberal wing said in a statement that judges should not comment on candidates for any public office.

  • Weather - July 15, 2016


    HIGH 91° / LOW 57°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after 1 pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. North wind 5 to 10 mph
    becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
    5:57 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


    HIGH 97° / LOW 60°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7 am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. East wind
    5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.
    5:58 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.

  • Couple celebrates 50th wedding anniversary

    Submitted to the Optic
    Larry and Beth Abney of Manuelitas recently celebrated their 50th year of marriage with family and friends in
    Albuquerque. Larry Abney and Beth Bailey were married in Las Vegas on July 8, 1966 by Justice of the Peace Jose
    Archuleta.They celebrated their anniversary on the weekend of July 1 in Albuquerque with their family: sons, Robert (Alicia) of Albuquerque, and Matt (Karen) of Las Cruces; and granddaughters, Noela and Kaley (Robert), and

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, July 7, 1966 — William C. (Billy) Wertz, 1210 Seventh St., was one of two students from New Mexico to be a winner in the sixth annual journalism awards in inter-collegiate competition for 1965-66. Wertz won his award in the spot news writing competition. At least twice district singles champion, Wertz competed in tennis tournaments throughout
    the state in doubles with David Warren. He is working for the Associated Press in San Francisco during the summer vacation and will return in the fall from his senior year at Stanford

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2016

    8 a.m. to noon
    Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance will host a community work day doing thistle control. Volunteers are asked
    to meet at La Placita Fire Department in the village of Gallinas. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves and to wear
    work boots, long sleeve shirts, a hat and sunscreen. Water and snacks will be provided. For more information, call
    Lea at 425-5514.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - July 15, 2016