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Today's News

  • Life after death

    Jennifer Valdez lived her life to help others and she continues to do so in death. Valdez, 29, died unexpectedly in early January as a result of a brain aneurysm, but her organs are allowing others to continue to live.

    Her decision to become an organ donor has allowed a 15-year-old boy to spend time with his family and friends as a result of Valdez’s left kidney.

    A 71-year-old mother of two continues to enjoy shopping, spending time in her garden, and go to the movies as she was the recipient of Valdez’s right kidney.

  • N.M. among leaders in organ donors

    There is a nationwide crisis as roughly 118,000 men, women and children across the nation are on waiting lists of life-saving organ transplants.

    In New Mexico, more than 700 people on the waiting list including 65 New Mexicans waiting for kidneys.

    According to statistics, every 10 minutes another person is added to the national transplant waiting list.

    “There is a great need,” said MaryAnn Sorenson of New Mexico Donor Services.

  • Budget battle heads to court

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers authorized plans to sue Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to block vetoes that would defund state universities and colleges along with the legislative branch of government, amid an unrelenting standoff Thursday over how to shore up state finances.

    The Legislative Council of leading state lawmakers directed attorneys to quickly pursue litigation on several fronts, including challenges to any vetoes that affect core functions of state government.

  • Gallinas project restoring floodplains

    Bringing a segment of local floodplains back to health is vital to the Gallinas River and those who rely on it, said Lea Knutson of the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance.

    Knutson discussed the recent Gallinas Village River and Floodplain Restoration project as part of the Las Vegas City Council’s work session on Wednesday evening at city hall.

  • In Brief - News - April 16, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Pentagon: Bomb didn’t need OK
    WASHINGTON — Pentagon officials say the U.S. commander in Afghanistan who ordered use of the “mother of all bombs” didn’t need President Donald Trump’s approval.

    The officials say Gen. John Nicholson has standing authority to use the largest non-nuclear bomb ever dropped in combat. He had that authority before Trump took office.

    The officials weren’t authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Food, glorious food

    By Beth Urech

  • Flying the unfriendly skies

    The following editorial was published in the Chicago Tribune on April 11.

    With much of the world — thanks to social media — appalled at United Airlines for having a passenger dragged off a Chicago-to-Louisville, Ky. flight, we’re reminded of the story of how an airline put one of its customers first:

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 16, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Become part of DWI solution

    By Yolanda Cruz

    As I was reading the “Thumbs” in the April 7 Optic, I read a thumbs down with the statement “perhaps a sign that the system to prevent DWI is not working.”

    I would like to address that statement. Prevention is key, it is the number one way that society can deal with any health, public health, or social issue.

  • Just a Thought: Always do this in remembrance of me

    By Rick Kraft

    Everyone reading this has had some common experiences. We grew and developed in our mother’s womb. We entered this world as a newborn child. During the early years of our lives we were entirely dependent on others. Common experiences —  no exceptions.