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Local News

  • Duncan kicks off back-to-school tour

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan kicked off a four-state, back-to-school bus tour in New Mexico on Monday with discussions about early childhood education and efforts to turn around schools where students have been languishing.

    Duncan told a crowd of school officials, teachers, parents and union leaders that the country is at a fork in the road.

  • A weighty matter
  • Looking Back - Sept. 11, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Sept. 6 — The board of directors of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is calling for applications from a dynamic, aggressive, talented man for secretary-manager of the Chamber of Commerce. At a special meeting last night made necessary by the resignation of Frank Norris, it was agreed that a full-time manager would be hired on a trial basis. It is the aim of the present board to revitalize and reactivate the Chamber of Commerce, which has already lost members during recent years.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 11, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 11, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Little Rabbit Who Liked to Say Moo” by Jonathan Allen. Free and open to the public.
     

  • Weather - Sept. 11, 2013

    Wednesday
    Showers and thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. High near 70. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent. Showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Low around 54. South wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80 percent.

    Thursday

  • Talking diplomacy in Syria, Obama goes to Congress

    By Donna Cassata and  Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Pushing military might and raising hopes it won’t be needed, President Barack Obama threw his support Tuesday behind a plan for U.N. Security Council talks aimed at securing Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles, even as he pushed the fallback idea of U.S. airstrikes against Bashar Assad’s regime if that effort fails.

  • Unique cooking contest Saturday at SolanoFest

    Submitted to the Optic

    A unique cooking contest will take place Saturday at this year’s annual Solano Fest. Held annually at the Solano School Gymnasium in Harding County. SolanoFest IX brings together Dutch Oven Cooking contenders vying for top prizes in categories of bread, desserts and side dishes.

  • Amtrak route in jeopardy

    East Las Vegas came to life with the railroad in 1879, but our city’s long association with trains could come to a screeching halt in the near future unless a deal can be reached to upgrade the tracks.

  • Diamond resodding
  • High court to take up gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court signaled Friday it may quickly resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state.

    The five-member state Supreme Court issued an order setting an Oct. 23 hearing in a case that finally could decide whether marriage licenses can be issued to gay and lesbian couples.