Today's News

  • Report: Many New Mexico families fail to access child care aid

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Only about a third of families eligible for child care assistance take advantage of the program in New Mexico — one of the nation’s poorest states, a new report released Wednesday found.

    More families could be signing up for the program, but the state is doing better than others, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department Secretary Monique Jacobson said about the report looking into child care.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 10, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 2 and   Feb. 8:
    Kyle Bunch, 47, hold for court, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Dino Martinez, 34, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, bench warrant: abuse of a child, battery on a household member, interference with communications, criminal damage to property, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Melvin Pacheco, 50, driving on a suspended or revoked license, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Mora

  • Trump slams judiciary, and his court nominee hits back

    By Vivian Salama and Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s criticism of the judiciary prompted a rebuke from his nominee for the Supreme Court, who told a senator the president’s comments were “demoralizing and disheartening.”

    Judge Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump to the nation’s high court last week, made the comments Wednesday after Trump accused an appellate court considering his immigration and refugee executive order of being “so political.”

  • Trump playing catch-up to fill top posts

    By Ken Thomas
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — With Senate confirmation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, President Donald Trump filled another important post in his new government. Only 685 to go.

  • Weather - Feb. 10, 2017


    HIGH 70° / LOW 46°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 10 to 20 mph.
    6:52 a.m. to 5:38 p.m.


    HIGH 66° / LOW 34°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph.
    6:51 a.m. to 5:39 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Feb. 10, 2017

    Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1967 — WAGON MOUND — Wayne Johnson has been named Wagon Mound High School winner of Time’s 321st annual current affairs contest. Other high scoring students were James Spence, third; and Larry D. Spence, third. Time’s Current Affairs Test, given this year to more than 3 million college and high school students in the U.S. and Canada, consists of 100 questions on national and foreign affairs. Also included are such categories as business, sports, entertainment, science, religion, literature and the arts.

  • Dance to feature music by Boris and the Salt Licks

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Sixth Annual Valentine dance by the Friends of the Museum group will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday at the Serf hall.

    This event is free and welcomes all ages. Let the folk country and blues music from Boris and the Salt Licks Band guide the feet of the youngest to the eldest. In the past, four generations took the dance floor.

  • Noticias - Feb. 10, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…

    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 for more information.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 10, 2017

    Catholic Daughters of Immaculate Conception Parish (Court Empress of the Americas #1796) have joined Catholic Daughter Courts throughout the nation in sponsoring the 2017 National Education Contest. The contest is open to Catholic and non-Catholic students in grades four through 12 as well as adult Catholic Daughters. For more information or for Contest Entry Forms, please contact Irene at 425-7666, Flora at 429-2164 or Paula at 429-9456.

    7 to 11 p.m.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Feb. 10, 2017