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  • Weather - April 16, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north in the evening.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Friday

  • Correction - April 16, 2014

    An article that appeared in Friday’s Optic about the T-4 Ranch wanting to be annexed into Quay County should have stated that while the Bidegain family has had oil and gas leases in the past, it no longer does, according to Phil Bidegain.

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    A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

  • Helping out
  • Art Auction to benefit Animal Welfare Coalition

    By Jennifer Rowland
    UWC-USA

    More than 40 New Mexico artists, including local favorites David Perez Escudero, Amber MacLean, Diane Moreno, Meredith Britt, and David Lobdell, have donated original works to ArtBark, an art auction to benefit the Animal Welfare Coalition Animal Shelter in Las Vegas.

  • Saving the Castañeda

    It’s been about 50 years, but Lurline Bennett still remembers her father stepping in and saving the Castañeda Hotel.

    “The Santa Fe Railroad was just going to tear the Castañeda down and just sell the bricks,” she recalls. “Not one person came forward and said, ‘No, we need to save the Castañeda.’ My father was the only one who said we can’t let that happen. We have to save the building.”

    What a difference 50 years makes.

  • Holi Festival
  • Ward 1 runoff set for Tuesday

    CORRECTION - April 16 - A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

    The last time they faced off, incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron ended up with just nine more votes than challenger Oliver L’Esperance, sending both candidates to a runoff election.

    With such a razor-thin margin separating the two candidates vying for the Ward 1 city of Las Vegas Council seat, both have been pulling out all the stops.

  • Changes in handling of abuse cases urged

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state agency responsible for protecting children needs more authority to intervene in cases of alleged neglect and abuse when there’s not enough evidence to go to court to remove a child from the home, a top official in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration told lawmakers on Friday.

  • Looking Back - April 14, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 14, 2014

    Highlands senior hosting workshop
    New Mexico Highlands University media arts and Spanish graduating senior Gabriela Hernández presents a workshop titled “Jotería: Undocumented” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Student Union Building, Room 321. The workshop is free and open to the public.