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  • Mora County imposes fire restrictions

    The Mora County Commission voted unanimously last week to adopt a resolution declaring that fire danger exists within the county and imposing a series of restrictions in hopes of preventing a potentially devastating wildfire.

    “We’re very concerned,” Mora County Manager Rebecca P. Montoya said.

    “This has been a really dry year,” she added. “We’ve had almost no moisture.”

  • Child safety seat event is Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation, Safer New Mexico Now, and the city of Las Vegas have partnered for a free child safety seat fitting station. Having a properly installed child safety seat ensures your child is safe while traveling in a vehicle.

  • Looking Back - March 24, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, March 26 — Top high school journalism, business and drama students will participate in the 18th edition of Highlands Day. Three state-wide organizations — The State Commerce Club, the State High School Press Association and the New Mexico Thespian Conference — will bring 1,300 students to the campus for programs which in each case are highlighted by an awards banquet. The HU music and drama departments will provide a Broadway musical for the visitors — this year the hilarious “Guys and Dolls.”
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 24, 2014

    Community health forum
    The San Miguel Family and Community Health Council will hold a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 322 of the new Student Center at Highlands to inform the public about current health statistics for San Miguel County and to receive input regarding health issues in the area. For information, contact Rosalie Martinez at 429-7986 or Barbara Casey, 429-5904.

  • Weather - March 24, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:59 a.m. to 7:16 p.m.

  • Meet and greet
  • Hospital, union reach deal

    More than six years after employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital first voted to form a union, they finally have a contract with the hospital.

    Of the 184 employees covered by the union, 95 percent voted Wednesday to ratify the agreement negotiated by the hospital and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees-District 1199.

    For Amanda Vigil, a registered nurse who has worked at Alta Vista for 10 years, the new contract is a blessing.

  • Remembering a pioneer - Thal, pioneer surgeon, dies at 88

    Felicia Thal describes herself and her late husband, Alan, as simple people. But their life stories are far from simple. Alan Thal, a pioneering surgeon who adopted this area as his home, died peacefully last Friday at the family home. He was 88.

    But there is no doubt that Felicia Thal has lived her life to the fullest as well. She was named Cattleman of the Year in the early 1990s, and numerous awards honoring her work are proudly displayed on the walls of their living room, located in Golondrinas in Mora County.

  • Mold ruled out at old courthouse

    San Miguel County officials are still trying to determine what caused the foul smell that made employees in the Assessor’s Office sick on Tuesday, but they have been able to rule out mold.

    County Manager Les Montoya said that the Albuquerque lab called in to conduct tests ruled out mold on Wednesday.

    Besides combing through the Assessor’s Office, the firm went to the building’s basement and didn’t find anything of concern.

    The Assessor’s Office is located on the first floor of the old county courthouse building.

  • Dust storm