Today's News

  • HU SynergyFest set for Saturday

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The 10th annual SynergyFest will take a new direction this year under the debut sponsorship of the New Mexico Highlands University Conservation Club.

    The event, slated for Saturday, was created by the now-defunct NMHU Sustainability Club. This change in hosts will cause a subtle shift from information on sustainable practices to educational activities and exhibits promoting conservation practices.

  • Looking Back - April 19, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, April 17 — Beginning June 5, families certified as eligible by the Department of Public Welfare in Mora and Santa Fe counties can begin buying and using food coupons for food purchases to authorized Mora and Santa Fe county grocery stores. The food stamp programs will be like those established in San Miguel County.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 19, 2013

    Highlands music performance set for Sunday

    NMHU Music Department presentation of “The Seven Last Words of Christ on the Cross” by Josef Haydn and performed by El Coro de la Tierra Alta is scheduled for 3 p.m. this Sunday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $5. NMHU students with IDs get in free.

  • Weather - April 19, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 55. Light west wind becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 32.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Isolated showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63.

  • Frantic search ongoing after deadly Texas blast

    By John L Mone and Michael Brick
    The Associated Press

    WEST, Texas — Rescue workers searched rubble early Thursday for survivors of a fertilizer plant explosion in a small Texas town that killed as many as 15 people and injured more than 160 others. The blast left the factory a smoldering ruin and leveled homes and businesses for blocks in every direction.

  • Gun control backers: Senate defeat won’t stop efforts

    By Alan Fram and David Espo
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — President Barack Obama and his gun control allies say Senate rejection of expanded background checks and other restrictions won’t stop their drive to reduce firearms violence. But their path to enacting gun curbs this year seems blocked by the National Rifle Association, and supporters of restrictions appear befuddled about what it will take to push legislation through this Congress.

  • Jail Log - April 19, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center April 7 - April 15:
    Apolinario-Paul Gonzales, 42, failure to pay fines
    Zugey Marcano, 23, mental health hold
    Alex Alires, 40, failure to appear - bench warrant
    Gilbert Romero, 29, speeding, no insurance, burglary and larceny
    Martin Dyrkacz, 26, indecent exposure, public nuisance  
    Jane McIntire, 43, disorderly conduct, public nuisance  
    Benito Mora, age unavailable, criminal damage to property

  • Man suspected of mailing ricin

    The Associated Press

    CORINTH, Miss. — A Mississippi man accused of mailing letters with suspected ricin to national leaders believed he had uncovered a conspiracy to sell human body parts on the black market and claimed “various parties within the government” were trying to ruin his reputation.

  • Hunt for bombing suspect ongoing

    By Denise Lavoie and Rodrique Ngowi
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — The painstaking work to identify a bombing suspect from reams of Boston Marathon footage yielded a possible breakthrough as investigators focused on a man seen dropping off a bag, and then walking away from the site of the second of two deadly explosions.

  • Police awaiting autopsy report

    Police are awaiting the outcome of autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death of Ignacio “Nash” Herrera, 41, who was found unresponsive in front of apartments on the 400 block of Mountain View Drive around 10:41 p.m. Saturday, according to Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    Officers found the man upon responding to a call of an ill man, and the case remains under investigation with no further details available, Montaño said  by email Wednesday evening.