Today's News

  • Sheriff’s office recognized for work in animal cruelty case

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office received a special “thank you” recently from the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico and from animal advocates throughout the country.

    The award was for the work that Undersheriff Anthony Madrid and Deputy Sean Armijo did in investigating and pursuing felony charges in a gruesome animal cruelty case earlier this year.

  • HU prof: Activity aids cancer patients

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Increased physical activity helps reduce cancer patient’s symptoms like pain and depression, according to a Highlands University professor’s study.

    Exercise and sport sciences professor Jay Lee and the co-authors’ paper, “An Analysis of Symptoms and Functional Gains in a Cancer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit,” was published in the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 

  • Vegas Bowl: More than bragging rights
  • Time to sign up for health insurance

    Submitted to the Optic

    BeWellnm, New Mexico’s official Health Insurance Exchange, has kicked off another open enrollment period for residents. BeWellnm is offering free assistance to those who may need it across the state. 

    Open enrollment began on Nov. 1 and continues through Jan. 31. Anyone looking for coverage to begin on Jan. 1 should sign up before Dec. 15.

  • Protecting ailing trees
  • New Mexico museum to unveil rare fossil find

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Paleontologists with the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science on Thursday planned to unveil the first baby Pentaceratops skull ever discovered.

    Scientists already have cut open a giant plaster jacket that protected the skull as it was airlifted out of the desert badlands of northwestern New Mexico and trucked to the museum.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 6, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 26 and Nov. 3:

  • Study: Abandoning Rail Runner too costly

    The Associated Press

     It seems New Mexico is stuck with the Rail Runner Express, as a state Department of Transportation study has found getting rid of the service would be a financial mistake.

    The study, unveiled Wednesday, found selling the commuter train isn’t feasible and switching to a bus service between Belen and Santa Fe would not save much money, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 6, 2015

    MainStreet de Las Vegas and Executive Director Cindy Collins have done it again. The organization has been awarded a $50,000 planning grant to help renovate and reinvigorate the Railroad District. The grant will provide MainStreet with $50,000 worth of services from a team of landscape architects, architects and design professionals. The grant is coming from the state Economic Development Department. We congratulate MainStreet de Las Vegas and Collins for their continued success and for their tireless work in improving our community.

  • A decades-long decline of a free-thinking middle class

    ROSWELL — Politicians like to talk about how the middle class is struggling, and for once they’re right.