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Today's News

  • Divided America: Americans seen as arrogant, nice, tech-savvy, free

    Editor’s note: This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

     By Vijay Joshi
    The Associated Press

    BANGKOK — The rest of the world may think Americans eat a lot of burgers, have huge shopping malls and are ruled by an arrogant government.

  • Obama: Islamic State likely to continue to threaten U.S.

    By Lolita C. Baldor
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Islamic State group will probably continue to be a threat to the U.S. even after it is ousted from key strongholds in Iraq and Syria, President Barack Obama said Thursday, warning that lone-wolf believers will still be inspired to launch attacks that are harder to detect and prevent.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press
    1st human case of West Nile Virus

    SANTA FE — State health officials are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in New Mexico this year.

    The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday that a 40-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County has been diagnosed with West Nile.

    She was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease, which is the more serious form of the illness.
    But health officials say the woman now is recovering at home.

    Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus.

  • HU receives major gift from former prof

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    The sheet music library in Highlands University’s music program has doubled, thanks to a donation from a former HU professor.

    Ron Thielman, who was the university’s director of bands during the late 1960s, collected approximately $150,000 worth of sheet music during his career as a professor and professional musician. More than 3,000 scores comprise the collection Thielman donated to Highlands.

  • Political courage

    Editor’s note: The following editorial on House Speaker Paul Ryan and Donald Trump is from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and was first published in that Wisconsin newspaper on Aug. 2.
     

    This is what political courage looks like: U.S. Rep. Richard Hanna, a Republican from New York, told Syracuse.com Tuesday that he would not vote for Donald Trump for president. He will vote for Hillary Clinton.
    Trump, he said, is a “national embarrassment.”

    Take note, Paul Ryan.

  • Another Perspective: The stalling continues: How much will it cost?

    ¿Qué pasa?  During the City Council meeting back on June 8 and in the July 2 Optic, I raised an inquiry about delays in solving Las Vegas’ primary water issue, storage.  It’s now August and there still has been no visible action from the City.  Let me explain the issue again, with perhaps a little more detail, as I repeated at the City Council meeting on July 20.

  • It’s as simple as addition and subtraction

    By Rick Kraft

    Let’s have some fun today and learn some math. We often make life more complicated than it is. We don’t have to be an expert at playing chess to plan three moves ahead in our lives. We don’t have to understand how electricity works to be able to enjoy its benefits. We don’t need to know how to solve algebra problems to be able to keep things balanced in this world.

    Life sometimes is as simple as addition and subtraction. Nothing more, nothing less.

  • Lawmaker’s Perspective: Hard truths demand that we set aside political differences

    New Mexico faces an economic crisis — not a budget crisis — that can be solved, but not easily, quickly or cheaply.

    We have not recovered from the Great Recession of 2008. Wages are up slightly in New Mexico, even considering inflation, but the number of jobs is well below pre-recession levels, and the state’s population is essentially unchanged since 2010, as people in their 20s and 30s move to other states in search of work. This is all reflected in the state’s budget, which is, as expected, about the same as it was in 2008.

  • Mora Senior Lunch Menu

    The lunch menu for the Mora /Wagon Mound Senior Centers, with coffee and milk served daily.

    MONDAY
    Baked fish, tartar sauce, tater tots, broccoli salad, dinner roll with margarine, and apricots

    TUESDAY
    Chalupa, onions, green chile, salsa, Spanish rice, green beans, and devil’s food cake

    WEDNESDAY
    Baked pork chop, stuffing, Parmesan potato rounds, carrots, and cottage cheese with peaches

    THURSDAY
    Mexican meatloaf, salsa corn, pinto beans with green chile, buttered spinach, and oatmeal cookie

  • Palabras Pintorescas: Family became ‘squeaky clean’ due to sudden rain, hail storm

    That old phrase “time flies when you are having fun” surely applies to me and to the events at this old ranch. I must start with the weather. July has been a very wet month here. That translates to fields full of flowers, almost no fire danger in our forests and bountiful hay crops this year. Yes, our big watersheds need all the moisture they can get.