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Today's News

  • Task force formed to address golf course deficit

    When one of Highlands University’s newest regents, Bill Garcia, was appointed earlier this year, he touted his ability to solve problems by establishing partnerships and pulling in resources. Now, He’s taken the first steps in his endeavor to resolve one of the university’s significant ongoing financial burdens: the Gene Torres Golf Course.

    At Friday’s board meeting, Garcia revealed a newly formed taskforce, of which he is the chairman, aimed at reversing the golf course’s yearly operational deficit of about $190,000.

  • Fort Union Days schedule for weekend set

    This year’s Fort Union Days are scheduled for this weekend, offering people an opportunity to experience the rich history of the Nineteenth-century military fort.

    The theme of this year will be centered around the Buffalo Soldiers, spotlighting the all-black infantries that served in the western frontier during the mid Nineteenth century. According to Lorenzo Vigil, the park’s superintendent, the buffalo soldiers traversed Fort Union.

  • Optic Q and A: Marco Serna

    The latest in a long line of New Mexicans to declare candidacy for U.S. House District 3 seat to be vacated at the end of 2020 recently came through Las Vegas to interact with voters.

  • Criminalizing Disability

    Special-needs kids who don’t get help in school are winding up in jail

    By Ed Williams, Searchlight New Mexico

    ALAMOGORDO — It was right after the fifth-period bell last October that Sebastian Montano lay face down in the grass outside Alamogordo High School, screaming for his mother, as two police officers pinned him to the ground and thrust a Taser in his back.

  • Mining co. plans drilling in SFNF, near Pecos

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A mining company is looking to conduct exploratory drilling for minerals in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest, right along the San Miguel / Santa Fe county line.

    Comexico LLC has submitted a plan of operations to the forest and has applied for an exploratory permit with the state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

    The subsidiary of Australia-based New World Cobalt is planning to start drilling core samples in October.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, June 9, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 29 and June 5, 2019:

  • NMHU administrator on roving fellowship list

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The American Council on Education has announced that Edward Martínez, Ph.D., interim vice president for strategic enrollment management at Highlands University, is an ACE Fellow for the academic year 2019-20. ACE is the largest coordinating body for the nation’s higher education institutions, representing more than 1,700 college and university presidents.

    Martínez won the honor following his nomination by Highlands President Sam Minner and a rigorous application process.

  • Get the sequence right: Ready, Aim, Fire!

    Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows it must run faster than the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you are a lion or a gazelle; when the sun comes up, you’d better be running!

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 9

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 9

  • Carla Gomez: On top of her mountain

    Carla Gomez can see visitors approach for five minutes as they slowly drive up the bumpy road to her farmhouse.

    I arrived with Mark and Java to meet a woman who’s pretty much a legend for miles around, and she can see for miles around from her perch atop a mountain with breathtaking views.

    Over a cup of tea, Carla tells me that her grandfather raised sheep but after losing an entire flock in a heavy May snowstorm, he moved to Santa Fe. Carla’s father was born in Galisteo and her mother in Los Luceros. Carla was raised in Santa Fe.