Today's News

  • Teacher enters governor’s race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe on Monday announced his run for governor of New Mexico as a Democrat, pledging to seek progressive solutions to issues of early childhood education, access to health care and poverty.

    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis described himself as a political outsider who does not owe favors to past campaign contributors.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My first college graduation

    By Beth Urech

    Don’t get me wrong. I graduated from college, but I didn’t attend the ceremony.

    That’s why my first graduation was at Highlands University on Saturday, May 13, 2017. As I entered the Wilson Complex, families were parading in. All dressed up. Little girls in party dresses with hair elegantly braided. Little boys in white shirts and new combat boots.

  • A sobering traffic jam
  • In Brief - News - May 17, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Ban targets abortion groups
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

  • Weather - May 17, 2017


    HIGH 70° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


    HIGH 62° / LOW 34°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


  • Donation to Women’s Health
  • Award named after murdered UWC-USA alumnus

    Submitted to the Optic

    A 2007 United World College-USA alumnus known for his leadership in academic research, who was tortured to death, will be memorialized with an annual alumni award in his name.

    The Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award will be given annually to a UWC-USA graduate who has made substantial contributions in the local, national, or global community, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and professional career honor the UWC mission. Recipients will be chosen by their fellow alumni.

  • Que Pasa - May 17, 2017


    7 p.m.

  • Noticias - May 17, 2017

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    • Volunteers are needed for overnights at the Casa de Samaritan Emergency Shelter, 716 Grand Ave. Are you or is someone you know willing and able to provide services to the less fortunate in our community and surrounding areas? The shelter usually opens on Nov. 1, but this date is always dependent on weather. If interested or want to know more about this program, call the shelter at 429-3730 or 454-1390.

  • What are we honoring?

    The following editorial was published in the New York Times on May 9.

    The Confederate-flag-waving white supremacist who murdered nine African-Americans in a Charleston, S.C., church two years ago made it impossible to evade the fact that the banner — and Confederate ideology generally — had been a rallying point for white supremacy and racial terrorism for more than 100 years.