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Today's News

  • Police apprehend two men wanted in Dixon triple homicide

    The Associated Press

    DIXON — Some residents in a small community located near Española say a home where a triple homicide occurred had a reputation as a drug house.

  • Pics of the Past

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has launched an historic photo campaign on social media in celebration of the university’s 125th year anniversary or quasquicentennial.

    Every week, Facebook users can visit the page called “New Mexico Highlands University” to see what new images have been posted. Many of the photos have been scanned from the university’s Southwest Wind yearbooks, ranging from as far back as 1911 and as recently as 1987.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 3, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 23 and May 30, 2018:

  • Girls can!

    Margaret McKinney photo/Highlands University

    Highlands forestry professor Julie Tsatsaros showed fifth-grade girls Yesenia Esquibel, Taylor Quintana and Alexis Pacheco how to conduct a water cycle experiment simulating rainfall and water quality, during an American Associaton of University Women  "Girls Can!" event at Highlands on May 17.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

  • What is it that breaks your heart?

    By Rick Kraft

    What gets your emotions going? What is it that you can not look the other way from? What causes you to stop your world and feel passionate about?

    Humans are emotional animals. That is the way God made us. We ride up and down on a roller coaster of emotions in our daily lives.
    We may wake up in the morning happy that it is a weekend, stressed because of something at work, concerned about a family issue, angry because of a tragedy in national news, or disappointed over something bad that happened yesterday.

  • Enough with the ‘best in show’

    Recent complaints to the Optic about how multiple local school districts handled the process of determining valedictorian and/or salutatorian have reminded us of how high school has become competitive in the worst of ways — pitting classmates, neighbors and their families against each other.

    It’s time for all New Mexico school districts to rid themselves of this extra layer of competitive tracking — one that’s an ongoing headache for districts and one that adds nothing in preparing students for the world they already know to be competitive.

  • Helping the oil and gas industry frack Mora County

    By John Olivas

    In her latest missive about the state of affairs in Mora County (“Protecting Mora County from Fracking,” May 17, 2018), Commissioner Paula Garcia again attempts to rewrite history around efforts by residents to stop oil and gas drilling in Mora County.

    As the Chairman of the Mora County Commissioners during the time period about which she writes, however, my vantage point is much different.

  • Charles Trujillo reaches informal plea agreement

    Charles E. Trujillo would serve no prison time under an agreement discussed in a tentative agreement reached during a recent San Miguel District Court hearing. 

    Trujillo, the former Mora Schools Superintendent, assistant superintendent for Pecos Schools and administrator of a state education licensure bureau, and his attorney, Sam Bregman of Albuquerque, and the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office and Judge Emilio J. Chavez agreed in principle at a May 25 hearing to plea-bargain terms for a series of charges for faking school-administrator credentials.

  • Ute fire: U.S. 64 still closed between Cimarron, Eagle Nest

    CIMARRON — A wildfire raced across a swath of tinder-dry forest in Colfax County this week, sending up a thick plume of smoke that forced residents to flee their homes as heat and wind threatened to drive the flames.

    The blaze destroyed about a dozen empty buildings on the Boy Scouts' storied Philmont Ranch and threatened about 300 homes, officials say. The flames were first reported Thursday and ballooned quickly, leading the towns of Ute and Cimarron being evacuated and the closure of U.S. 64 and other Colfax County roadways.