Local News

  • Purple violin causes uproar

    By Ryan Boetel
    The Daily Times

    FARMINGTON — When it comes to fiddling around, the classic wooden body seems to be preferred in the orchestra class at Farmington’s Tibbetts Middle School.

    Camille Cruz was told that her purple violin was not suitable for the orchestra class and the sixth-grader would have to rent one of the district’s violins that is a more traditional color for $30, Sherry Lopez, the 11-year-old’s mother, said.

  • Nation says goodbye to Armstrong

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    WASHINGTON — The nation bid farewell Thursday to Neil Armstrong, the first man to take a giant leap on to the moon.

    The powerful of Washington, the pioneers of space, and the everyday public crowded into the Washington National Cathedral for a public interfaith memorial for the very private astronaut.

    Armstrong, who died last month in Ohio at age 82, walked on the moon in July 1969.

  • Rate hike moving forward

    A divided City Council voted Monday to move forward with Councilman Joey Herrera’s proposal to raise water rates by enough to generate $20.2 million in revenue bonds for major capital improvements.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined with Herrera and Councilman Vince Howell to give the OK to publish the proposed rate hike, a move that sets the stage for a public hearing and final council vote on the increase later this month. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the increase, with Gurule-Giron saying it’s still too high.

  • Remembering 9/11
  • Students punished for East-West brawl

    A dispute between high school students from East and West escalated into a brawl involving nearly a dozen of them at the shooting range two weeks ago.

    The brawl left some students, including football players, with minor injuries and some facing disciplinary action. Dozens of other students apparently flocked to the shooting range to see the fight.

    School officials from both districts say the fight was sparked by a social media internet website.

  • Group hoping to unite area entities

    There’s no question that government entities and community organizations in San Miguel County have a reputation for not working well together, but a recently formed group is trying to change all that in an effort to push economic development forward.

  • University Celebrity
  • Event explores history of Black Berets

    Submitted to the Optic
    An event scheduled for Thursday on the New Mexico Highlands University campus will provide area residents with the opportunity to learn more about the Chicano Movement in New Mexico.  

  • Looking Back - News - Sept. 12, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Sept. 12 — Firemen battled a fire at a house on 1311 Chavez Street and the adjacent house for over an hour today. The fire was reported just before 11:30 and was across the street from the Old Presbyterian Church. The blaze did extensive damage to the houses occupied by Jose Gallegos and family.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 12, 2012

    Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival

    The Ain’t Got No Frijoles Blues Festival begins this Friday with a dance from 8 p.m. to midnight at the Plaza Hotel ballroom. The Saturday concert will be from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Plaza Park Gazebo. Admission for the dance is $8, but the Saturday concert is free. For more information, call 454-6771.