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  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 24, 2014

    Literacy Fair is Saturday

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Fair from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. There will be many activities available, including crafts. Free books for children and adults will be distributed. Admission is free.

  • Weather - Jan. 24, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 49. West wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 17.

    Sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:06 a.m. to 5:20 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Jan. 24, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 13 and Jan. 21:
    Matthew Cordova, 27, failure to report police contact
    Steven Quintana, 37, person under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs
    Carlos Yara, 22, criminal trespass
    Rex Saiz, 37, new charges bench warrant Adult Probation Office/parole
    Ron Hoogerhuis, 52, five-day commitment
    Eduardo Gallegos, 26, positive UA Adult Probation Office/Parole
    David Raker, 19, giving false information

  • DA ‘surprised’ by decision in state police shooting

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — A district attorney investigating a state police officer who shot and killed a Santa Fe woman says she’s surprised a grand jury ruled that shooting was justified.

    Speaking to reporters Tuesday, First Judicial District Attorney Angela “Spence” Pacheco said she presented a full day of testimony from multiple sources, and within 50 minutes, the grand jury had made its decision, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Gov urges legislative focus on schools, jobs

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez urged the Democratic-controlled Legislature on Tuesday to put aside political differences during an election year and focus their work on economic development and improving education.

    Martinez outlined her legislative priorities in her State of the State address after lawmakers convened for a 30-day session that’s limited to the budget, taxes and proposals placed on the agenda by the governor.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 24, 2014

    The Society of American Foresters has granted accreditation to Highlands University’s Forestry Program. That’s great news because it makes Highlands the first university in the state to offer an accredited forestry degree and the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the country to offer an accredited forestry degree. Congratulations to everyone at Highlands who worked hard to make it happen.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 24, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Students take over HU administration building

    A week into the student protests which began at Highlands University on May 20. 1970, the Board of Regents remained firm in its decision to name Wisconsin educator Charles Graham as university president. Despite the growing unrest at Highlands, Regents Chairman John D. Robb announced on May 25, “I have made it clear we have hired Dr. Graham. As far as I am concerned, the matter is closed.”

  • Editorial Roundup - Jan. 24, 2014

    Edwardsville (Illinois) Intelligencer on school shootings (Jan. 20):
    Something must be done — soon
    There are heroes and there are victims. There are those who go to prison and those who take their own lives.
    The scenes of police officers surrounding school buildings have become common. Much too common.
    Guns and students don’t mix.
    But lately, they have become regular headlines.
    In 2013, there were 29 shootings at elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Saturday at Rec. Center

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting its sixth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

    The theme for this year’s event is based on the Native American dream catcher and tradition of storytelling: “Make Your Dreams Come True: Read, Read, Read!”

    To encourage writing, everyone has been invited to submit a short story which will be displayed at the fair.