Today's News

  • Weather - Sept. 14, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable in the evening.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Light and variable wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 49.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 53.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:43 a.m. to 7:09 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 14, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 4 and Sept. 12:
    Erik Lucero, 52, bench warrant: failure to appear
    Todd Hayes, 49,  receiving stolen property
    Mark Martinez, 40,  five day commitment for driving on a suspended license
    Richard Romero, 35, seven day commitment for drug court violation
    Juan Martinez, 27,  larceny, accessory
    Charmaine Martinez, 26,  all other Larcenies
    Steve Gallegos, 40, bench warrant: Indecent exposure

  • Census: Poverty rate up in NM

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — More New Mexicans are living in poverty and nearly a fifth of the state’s population lacks health insurance, the Census Bureau reported Wednesday.

    The poverty rate in New Mexico was 20.2 percent in 2010-2011 compared with 18.8 percent in 2009-2010. The state’s median household income dropped during the same time.

  • Gov has 69 percent approval rating

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Just days after speaking at the Republican National Convention, Gov. Susana Martinez has earned a strong approval rating among New Mexico voters.

    A poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal found that 69 percent of New Mexico voters approve of the Republican governor’s performance 20 months into her first term.

    Meanwhile, 17 percent of voters polled Sept. 3-6 said they disapprove of her job performance, while 14 percent were undecided, the poll found.

  • Show tests the limits of aerial dancing

    Submitted to the Optic

    VAULT, an internationally acclaimed aerial dance company, is coming to Peñasco Theatre this Saturday and Sunday.

    The brainchild of Amy Ell, a performance artist with more than 20 years of dance and theatre under her belt, VAULT tours nationally and internationally and challenges the conventions of contemporary dance.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 14, 2012

    • Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival, 8 p.m. to midnight on Friday, Sept 14 at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Plaza Park Gazebo. The dance on Friday evening is $8; however, the concert on Saturday is free. For more information, call 454-6771.


  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - Sept. 14, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! NINETY POUNDS AND CHILD ABUSE. Drive through Las Vegas once with no seat belt fastened, en route to see a sick uncle in Santa Fe (you say), and maybe a deputy will let you off with a warning. Drive through again, going the other way, and maybe the officer will get suspicious. And if you happen to be carrying about 90 pounds of marijuana, your trip might just come to an abrupt end here.

  • Nuestra Historia - New Town glittered with Tamme Opera House

    Emerging as a separate and independent municipality following the failed attempt at unification with the west side in 1882-84, East Las Vegas quickly took root as a dynamic American city. Major water works, and gas and electric projects soon got under way in New Town, and Protestant churches were erected at Zion Hill and on Douglas Avenue. (See “Zion Hill and the Early Protestant Churches,” Nuestra Historia, Jan. 6, 2012.)

  • Editorial Cartoons - Sept. 14, 2012
  • In Brief - News - Sept. 14, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Library offers free training
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico State Library is offering free computer training this month in Santa Fe.
    Three-hour classes will be offered twice a day on Sept. 26, 27 and 28 at the library. The classes cover use of the Internet and computer security.
    People are required to register in advance for the classes by calling 505-265-0290 or send an email to sequoia(at)nets.com.