Today's News

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, July 7, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 26 and July 3:
    Bernabe Mares, Hold For Other Agency.

  • Walmart plans to cease gun sales at New Mexico stores

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE— Walmarts in New Mexico plan to stop selling guns later this month after a new state law expanded background checks to nearly all gun purchases.

    The law that took effect this week requires background checks on private sales between neighbors or friends. It also allows federally licensed gun sellers to offer to conduct checks for these sales.

    Walmart spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson says the stores are not equipped to conduct checks for private sales.

  • School of Education awarded more than $500K in scholarship funds

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education is offering $525,970 in teacher education scholarships, thanks to awards from two New Mexico Higher Education Department programs.

    In its 2019 session, the New Mexico State Legislature approved $10 million for the Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Act, with Highlands receiving $479,853. Also in 2019, the legislature approved $510,000 for the new Grow Your Own Teacher Act, with Highlands receiving $46,117.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, July 7, 2019

    Tuesday, July 9
    The Forest Stewards Guild will be facilitating a public meeting for comment on the draft of the 2019 update of Mora County’s Wildfire Protection Plan on Tuesday, July 9 from 6-7 p.m. in the Mora High School Lecture Hall (#10 Ranger Drive, Mora, NM). A draft of the plan will be available for review at forestguild.org/mora-county-cwpp. Please review the draft and bring your comments for discussion at the public meeting.

    Thursday-Saturday, July 11-13

  • Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron should resign

    It is our belief that Las Vegas Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron should resign for the best of the city she was elected to serve in 2016.

    The recent investigation by the Attorney General’s office is just the latest in a long line of incidents involving the mayor that have cast a black cloud over all of Las Vegas. It has become a distraction to people employed by the city, its citizens and people from outside the area.

  • Living life as a damaged product

    Each of us woke up today with a history. We have a background or a path we have walked that leads us to today. No two of us have walked the same path. We were each made unique and we remain unique.

    We have all been damaged on our journey. We live life as damaged products.

  • My American Journey of Discovery

    What better way to celebrate the Fourth of July than a 1,650-mile road trip, not from “sea to shining sea” but from Meadow City to Lake Michigan? But not directly. First we’ll stop in Boulder, Colorado, to stay with the wonderful Spillmann family and take in “Twelfth Night” at Colorado University Summer Theatre. Then we will wend our way up to Keystone, S.D., for a good look at Mount Rushmore. Sounds like an ideal way to see four of America’s most important presidents in one fell swoop.

  • Las Vegas Renaissance?

    A few days ago, my wife and I marked our four-year anniversary as residents of Las Vegas, New Mexico and my four-year tenure as President of New Mexico Highlands University. From my perspective, I’ve moved from total newbie to one not quite so new. I hardly think of myself as a long-term resident with deep family ties to this place, but I can now find my way to my own office, can locate some restaurants in town, and know all too well the road to Santa Fe and


    I have a few impressions.

  • At least that ballplayer was ‘gentlemanly’

    By Don McDonald, The Communicator

    When I was in medical school, the first two years were mainly a lot of bookwork.

    Starting the third year, you get into a lot more clinical experiences, which included a rotation in obstetrics and gynecology.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, July 7

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, July 7