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Columns

  • Another Perspective — Environmental victory for whom?

    By Sofia Martinez

  • Nuestra Historia: Beck family published Optic 35 years

    The longest single ownership of the Optic began in 1967, when brothers Robert and Stuart Beck purchased the newspaper. The Beck family published the Optic for the next 35 years, and while old newspaper articles indicate it was the two brothers who owned the Optic, Stuart Beck’s wife Lois was also an owner, and managing editor for more than 20 years.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Preserving our clean air heritage

    Editor’s Comment: This is the sixth in a series of columns addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The columns were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org.

  • Work of Art — The treat is on whom?

    On the occasion of a birthday for one of us, my wife and I joined my sister Dorothy and her husband Joe Maestas for dinner at El Rialto. The rule in the Trujillo household is that the inviter pays for the invitee. And maybe that’s why we don’t invite others all that often.
    But if we can inveigle one another to make the suggestion and turn it into an invitation, we’re willing. We’d almost finished our meal when the waitperson came by with the bill and took brother-in-law Joe’s credit card for processing.

  • Kids need consequences

    My name is Ray Gallegos, and I was born in Las Vegas, N.M. I retired from education last year and have more than 35 years of educational experience as a teacher and administrator. My role as a single parent of two daughters may prove to be the most credible of my qualifications to comment on education.

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic has seen 10 owners since 1879

    In its 134-year history, the Optic has changed ownership 10 times, though three of those owners held the newspaper for less than two years. After Hub Kane died of a sudden heart attack in 1947, the Optic was run by a board of trustees headed by attorney Louis C. Ilfeld (Charles Ilfeld’s son), and included Kane’s widow, Helen Kelly Kane. The trustees and Mrs. Kane ran the paper for a brief period, but less than a year after Hub Kane’s death, the Optic was sold to Orville E. Priestly.

  • Oil and Gas Issues - Impacts on emergency response, roads

    Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a series of articles addressing issues associated with oil and gas development in San Miguel County. The articles were written by participants in PROTECT San Miguel county, a local all-volunteer grass-roots organization. The group has been working with the county’s oil and gas task force for three years, has toured several existing oil and gas producing facilities, and has been collecting extensive research on the issues. More information is at http://PROTECTsmc.org

  • Work of Art — Who’s responsible for alphabet?

    Thumbing through the pages of a website called The Straight Dope, I came across a question that is totally relevant during May, the month of graduations.

    Someone on the website asked, “Why is the alphabet in alphabetical order?” The reader adds, “Who decided A was the first letter, B was the second, and so on?”

  • Another Perspective - Better strategy needed

    By Paula Garcia

    The people of Mora County care deeply about protecting our way of life and have taken a strong stand in defense of our land and water.

  • Nuestra Historia: Optic was mum during Magee spectacle

    The Optic’s fourth owner, H. W. (Hub) Kane, was from Chicago and came to New Mexico as an engineer following WWI, working in water conservation and irrigation in the Raton area. Apparently finding journalism more alluring than the profession he had trained for at the University of Kansas, Kane left engineering to become a reporter and editor for the Raton Range, and later the Springer Times.