Today's News

  • Devastating blaze - Ulibarri’s home destroyed by fire

    Rock Ulibarri’s signature cowboy hat is gone, along with his home and his lifelong belongings. But his spirit remains positive as he looks forward to rebuilding after a devastating fire engulfed his El Porvenir home Thursday night.

    The house provided a home for the incoming county commissioner and his sons. Ulibarri and his 13-year-old son, Santiago, made it out safety. Their blind mix-breed, 13-year-old dog, Willow, also made her way out of the blaze.

  • State breaks temperature records

    The Associated Press

    The blast of wintry weather moving across New Mexico has resulted in several broken records, including here in Las Vegas.

    Forecasters at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque say Eagle Nest led the pack Monday with a low temperature of minus 17. The mountain community hadn’t been that cold this early in a season since Nov. 10, 1950, when the temperature dropped to 20 below zero.

    Taos, Moriarty, Raton, Las Vegas and Roswell also set records.

  • Rep. Luján to head campaign committee

    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON   — House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that she had tapped Rep. Ben Ray Luján to head the campaign committee and try to get the party back on track after a drubbing in midterm elections.

    The 42-year-old Luján, who would be the first Hispanic to hold the post, will succeed New York Rep. Steve Israel as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 19, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - Nov. 19, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Nov. 16, 1964 — Edward Garcia, Federal Coordinator for the Educational Opportunity Act of 1964, Neighborhood Youth Corps, spoke on the NYC, to be administered by the Department of Labor and designed for the 16 to 21 age group. He explained that there are a half million in this group not at work or in school, that should be learning various skills. He noted that it is expected that 1,000,000 young people will enter the labor force in 1965.

  • Looking ahead - News - Nov. 19, 2014

    The Art of Storytelling
    Luna Community College’s Mu Nu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society presents “The Art of Storytelling,” sharing a cultural link from the past to the present and into the future. The program will be from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Allied Health Lecture Hall at LCC.

  • Weather - Nov. 19, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.

  • Retired educators inducted into NEA-NM Hall of Fame

    Submitted to the Optic

    Floyd and Theresa Chavez were inducted into the National Education Association New Mexico Hall of Fame on Oct. 24 at the State Hall of Fame Reception held at the Albuquerque Marriott.

    The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization committed to advancing the cause of public education.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 19, 2014

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Turkey on the Loose!” by Sylvie Wickstrom. Free and open to the public.


  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.