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  • Annual Literacy Fair Sat.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting the fifth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2013

    Literacy Fair is this weekend

    The fifth annual Literacy Fair will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All are welcome and invited to help promote reading for all ages by dressing up as a character from myths, stories or legends. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2013

    Friday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Saturday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 15-20 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

    Sunday

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    State grad rate was 67.3 percent

    The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent.
    The so-called “average freshman graduation rates” indicate the percentage of 9th graders who go on to graduate within four years.
    The rates are being reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 20 years on the bench
  • Gov: License repeal still goal

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez said Wednesday that she remained committed to “full repeal” of a New Mexico law that allows illegal immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses despite signaling a willingness to compromise with state Democrats a day earlier.

  • Galactic liability compromise eyed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Spacecraft operators and manufacturers, along with their parts and services suppliers, will be shielded in New Mexico from most damage lawsuits by passengers on space tourism flights under a proposal touted as a compromise between trial lawyers and the fledgling space travel industry.

    Supporters of the measure say it should help New Mexico remain competitive in a race with Florida, Texas and other states to become a hub for commercial space travel.

  • Public Health Office offering free flu vaccinations

    Submitted to the Optic

  • Preparing for the worst

    After 40 years of fighting fires, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong doesn’t mince words when talking about the possibility of a catastrophic wildfire in the Gallinas watershed.

    “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” Armstrong said during a public forum on Friday. It’s merely a matter of when, he added.

  • Presidential Inauguration - Time to act, Obama declares

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Turning the page on years of war and recession, President Barack Obama summoned a divided nation Monday to act with “passion and dedication” to broaden equality and prosperity at home, nurture democracy around the world and combat global warming as he embarked on a second term before a vast and cheering crowd that spilled down the historic National Mall.