Today's News

  • Law bolsters organ donation awareness

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Jaime Muñoz was struggling to breathe last summer. Doctors told him if they couldn’t find him a lung transplant by December, pulmonary fibrosis would likely get the better of him.

    Earlier this month, he stood before a crowd at one of the busiest Motor Vehicle Division offices in the state to make a plea to those getting their driver’s licenses: Sign up to be an organ donor.

  • Looking Back

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  • Looking Ahead

    Habitat for Humanity run is Saturday

    Habitat for Humanity is sponsoring a 5K Fun Run for Youth and Adults and a 1 mile children’s run on Saturday at Melody Park. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m. and the Children’s Run at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $10 for kids and $20 for youth and adults. Entry forms are available at the Habitat office, 714 National Avenue.

  • Weather

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 37.

    Mostly sunny and windy, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 27.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:16 a.m. to 7:42 p.m.

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas is in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Ambulance driver sues over wrong-way crash

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A 19-year-old woman who was severely injured when a wrong-way drunken driver slammed into the ambulance she was driving on Interstate 25 near Santa Fe last December has filed a lawsuit in state district court.

  • Shilling named state police chief

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Safety Secretary Gorden Eden has named State Police Maj. Robert Shilling as chief of the state law enforcement agency.

    Gov. Susana Martinez announced the appointment on Friday.

    Shilling has served as acting state police chief since January.

    He joined the state police in 1992, after working for the Silver City police department.

  • Que Pasa - April 25, 2011

    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 27 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. This week’s theme is “Arbor Day Celebration,” the book is “A Tree For Me” by Nancy Van Laan and the craft is easy shape tree.


  • Theater expert at NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    Well-known theater activist, actor and playwright Cynthia Ruffin is teaching on the New Mexico Highlands University campus through April 29 through the university’s Nina Telsa Ballen Visiting Professor Program.

    Ruffin will also present a free public lecture, Ungagged, at 6 p.m. April 25 in the Leveo Sanchez Lecture Hall in Donnelly Library. Ruffin will lead the April 29 performance of Voices of Transformation at Sala de Madrid.

    Ruffin was born in Montreal and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco.

  • Realistic precautions

    San Miguel County officials have imposed Level III fire restrictions, and for good reason. The area is dry as a bone and getting dryer with each gust of wind, and it’s difficult to imagine things getting better anytime soon (though we do hope for a super-moist monsoon season).