Today's News

  • Palabras Pintorescas - The things I’m thankful for

    My fun father used to tell us kids there was a dodo bird that flew backwards to see where he had been. Of course, we looked for that odd bird, and we never did see one. I did tell sweet brother Bill I thought I’d seen  one, in hopes he’d quit pestering me and spend his idle time looking for oddball birds.

    Oh, yes, I got away with a lot there for a while, just because I was two years older than Bill.

    And now as this column hits our print media, I look on yet another memorable  Thanksgiving and recount the many blessings we all have here.

  • To frack or not to frack

    Proponent: Groundwater won’t be harmed

    PECOS —The head of the Energy, Minerals & Natural Resources Department told San Miguel County commissioners last week that despite the fear that surrounds fracking, there has never been a case of water contamination from hydraulic fracturing in New Mexico.

  • Ex-daycare owner pleads in sex case

    The former daycare center owner charged with molesting two of the children who attended his facility has pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor.

    Under the terms of the plea agreement, Edward Quintana, 72, of the 2500 block of Montezuma Street, will get five years of supervised probation and have to register as a sex offender. The agreement gives the judge the authority to impose a deferred or suspended sentence. Quintana must also stay away from his victims.

  • A helping hand - Providing a bed and a hot meal

    Amelie-Sophie Vavrovsky spent a few extra hours away from studying for tests and doing homework last week.

  • El Sombrero continues tradition

    El Sombrero Restaurant is once again opening its doors to the community and offering a free turkey meal with all the fixings on Thanksgiving.

    But there will be one small change this year: No carry-out orders will be allowed.

    The local restaurant, located at 825 Mills Ave. has been providing the hot turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy and stuffing for starters meal for residents and visitors free of charge on Thanksgiving since 1996.

    Victor Ramirez, son of restaurant’s owner Helen Rivera-Gonzales, said providing the meal is a family tradition.

  • Southwest Capital Bank gets Viva Award

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank was selected as a recipient of the 2012 VIVA Award. VIVA stands for vision, investment, vitality, and action. Each year the awards program recognizes New Mexico businesses that demonstrate their unique vision or corporate philosophy, their investment  in company employees and the surrounding community, their vitality through the organization’s growth or financial strength, and their action to make New Mexico a better place to live.

  • State negotiates with tribes over slot machine wagers

    The Associated Press

    Regulators in New Mexico are negotiating with eight pueblos and two tribes over whether slot machine wagers started with “free play” or “bonus point” credits should be included when the casinos report their total quarterly wagers.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that Gaming Control Board officials maintain the tribal casinos are paying the state less than they should by not adding the value of “free” or “bonus” play to the total amount of cash wagered and reported to the state.

  • Study: NM income inequality continues to grow

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The gap between wealthy households and low-income families continues to grow in New Mexico, and the difference between their incomes is now the largest in the nation, according to a study released Wednesday.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 21, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Nov. 21 — Now under construction on the Highlands University campus is a $200,000 multiple-purpose building to be known as University Hall. Designed for large conferences, student social activities and other special events, it will seat 400 for a banquet and 500 for a meeting. Moveable partitions will make it available for classes or small meetings.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 21, 2012

    Christmas fairs slated for this weekend

    Christmas fairs will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 1 in the Student Center Ballroom on the Highlands University campus. For more information contact Inez Gallegos-Lujan at 425-9746 or 505-652-6943.