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  • Weather - Aug. 17, 2016


    HIGH 83° / LOW 52°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Wednesday night — mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    6:22 a.m. to 7:47 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 17, 2016

    In 1966
    Friday, Aug. 5, 1966 — Miss Carol Silva is the new woman’s page editor for the Optic. Miss Silva, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Silva, 218 Pecos, has been employed the past 11 months by Rex Studio. A 1963 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Miss Silva was employed in Washington, D.C., by the Evening Star, the paper with the largest circulation in that area at that time. After working there for two years, she returned to Las Vegas in July 1965.

  • Celebrating class of 2020
  • Que Pasa - Aug. 17, 2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. This week’s book is “Daniel Tries a New Food” by Becky Friedman All programs are free and open to the public.

    6 p.m.
    San Miguel County Federation of Democratic Women Organizational Meeting will be held at the home of Judy Humphreys, 409 South Pacific. This meeting is for politically inclined women who are interested in participating in the upcoming election.  

  • Investigation warranted

    We’re glad that state oversight agencies finally have Luna Community College under a microscope.

    Allegations of mismanagement, nepotism and cronyism have been raised at Luna ever since the college’s current board of trustees and president rose to power roughly two years ago.

    It’s not difficult to understand why when you consider the major policy shifts board members enacted and the decision to suspend their presidential search in favor of giving the job to Leroy “Huero” Sanchez, a man with a troubling history at the college.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 17, 2016
  • Work of Art: We could hear a pin drop

    It was about 15 years ago when, with my grandson and namesake, Arthur, I drove from our home in Camp Luna to the 900 block of Railroad Avenue, aka Tough Street, there to visit my childhood haunt.

    I wanted to give my oldest grandchild a close-up look at the neighborhood and do some reminiscing.

  • Kicking off

    Daniela Fonseca, Anyssa Dagnino and Emily Ortiz lit up the scoreboard at Perkins Stadium for the first time by any sport this fall, topping Trinidad State 4-1 in an exhibition win for the New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer team on Sunday.

    The Cowgirls controlled most of the contest but found themselves trailing 1-0 when Laetica Rambeau drew goalkeeper Katherine Scott off her line and squirted a shot past her just a few minutes in.

    But Scott and the rest of the NMHU defense steadied quickly, denying the Trojans for the remainder of the afternoon.

  • Fiesta de Golf deadline today

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas will hold its annual Fiesta de Las Vegas Golf Tournament Wednesday, Aug. 31, and entries must be received by today, Wednesday Aug. 17.

    The tournament has an 8 a.m. registration and 9 a.m. shotgun start at the Gene Torres Golf Course. It is a four-person ABCD scrambles format, and players can form their own teams or the pro and tournament chairman will make teams.

    Entrants must have a handicap or an average score for 18 holes.  

  • A late dive keys upset

    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO — For beating Allyson Felix, Shaunae Miller gets a gold medal. Maybe they should give her a cape, too.

    It took a head-first dive, Superwoman-style, for Miller to spring an Olympic upset Monday over America’s top female sprinter in the 400 meters and deny her a record fifth gold medal.

    Miller, a 22-year-old from the Bahamas, took an early lead, then held off Felix’s charge along the straightaway.