Today's News

  • Red Cross issues safety tips to prevent holiday home fires

    Submitted to the Optic
    The American Red Cross urges residents to take extra precautions with cooking and decorating around the holidays.
    “Cooking is the leading cause of home fires, and as people are cooking, entertaining, and stringing lights this holiday season, we’re urging that they take safety measures to ensure that their homes and loved ones are safe from the threat of fire,” said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of The American Red Cross in New Mexico.

  • Que Pasa - Dec. 13, 2013

    • Survivors of Victims of Homicide Candlelight Vigil, participants meet at 4:30 p.m. at Las Vegas Peace and Justice Building at 719 Sixth Street, with walk starting at 5 p.m. to Plaza Park on Friday, Dec. 13. For more information, call Helen at 429-1608.

    • Amahl and the Night Visitors, an opera for the whole family, 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University. Tickets are $5.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Dec. 13, 2013

    Southwest Capital Bank is donating $3,500 to the Mora schools for its mariachi program. The money will go a long way toward the $5,000 needed to complete the group’s uniforms. We’re glad to see a local business stepping up and helping its neighbors.


  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 13, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: Melody falls, Donnelly reign nears end

    It was a Sunday evening on Nov. 21 1965, when Highlands President Tom Donnelly and the university’s regents gathered for dinner and ceremonies at the newly completed dormitory on the west campus. They were joined by dignitaries from throughout New Mexico, including State Sen. Gene Lusk, who would be the Democratic nominee for governor in just a few months, and State Sen. Harold Runnels, who would become a longtime New Mexico congressman.

  • Editorial Roundup: Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Dec. 13, 2013

    The Glens Falls Post-Star on the difficult process of removing incompetent teachers in New York (Dec. 5):

    The great weakness of New York’s education system has been school leaders’ inability to get rid of ineffective and even incompetent teachers, so it’s news worth celebrating that recent changes in state law have made that process easier.
    After decades of complaints about the unwieldy and expensive disciplinary process for tenured teachers, called 3020-a, New York last year passed reforms that streamlined the required hearings.

  • Interpreter at event: I was hallucinating

    By Alan Clendenning and Juergen Baetz
    The Associated Press

    JOHANNESBURG — The man accused of faking sign interpretation while standing alongside world leaders like U.S. President Barack Obama at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service said Thursday he hallucinated that angels were entering the stadium, has schizophrenia and has been violent in the past.

  • U.S. files brief on water dispute

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Obama administration is urging the U.S. Supreme Court to take a middle-ground approach on a water dispute between Texas and New Mexico over management of the Rio Grande.

    A brief filed Tuesday by the U.S. solicitor general’s office didn’t take sides in the interstate dispute but said the Supreme Court should leave the door open for a quick resolution, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Students of the month - Dec. 13, 2013
  • Deadline Sun. for submissions

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The deadline for submitting entries for the New Mexico Highlands University Picayune Literary Magazine is Sunday.

    Each spring, graduate students in the Department of English graduate produce Picayune, which features national and international submissions of short fiction, poetry, flash fiction of no more than 250 words, and black-line art.

    Literary submissions for consideration may come from students, faculty, staff and others outside the university community.