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  • Looking Back - Nov. 27, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Approximately 800 Highlands University students and faculty attended the Memorial Service for the late President John F. Kennedy at Ilfeld Auditorium Monday. Dr. Thomas C. Donnelly, president of the university, presented the short eulogy. The Rev. Father Manuel Campos gave the Invocation and the Rev. Kelley Scott gave the Benediction. The Highlands Choir provided special music.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 27, 2013

    Story time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I Am The Turkey” by Michele Sobel Spirn. Free and open to the public

  • Weather - Nov. 27, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 47. Southwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. Southwest wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:48 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • FYI - Nov. 27, 2013

    For the first time since 1888, Hanukkah falls on Thanksgiving. That’s not expected to happen again for another 79,000 years. Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah. And remember that the Optic will be closed Thursday and Friday.

  • 2 nabbed on drug charges

    Las Vegas police executing two separate search warrants last week discovered crack cocaine and methamphetamine, and now two individuals are facing serious charges.

    Arrested were Ricky Silva, 35, of the 300 block of Monia Street, and Ana M. Tafoya, 31, of the 1800 block of Romero Street.

    Silva has been charged with possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine, a second-degree felony, and with possession of hydrocodone, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, all misdemeanors.

  • Winter Arrives
  • Deadline looming for disaster aid

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE – Severe storms and flooding that took place Sept. 9-22 damaged public facilities and roads in 15 New Mexico counties, including Mora and San Miguel counties.

    President Barack Obama signed a disaster declaration for Catron, Chaves, Cibola, Colfax, Eddy, Guadalupe, Los Alamos, McKinley, Mora, Sandoval, San Miguel, Santa Fe, Sierra, Socorro, and Torrance counties on Oct. 29.

  • Scholarship fund to take another hit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s troubled lottery scholarship fund will be taking another hit, thanks to a recent ruling that will cause the state’s payment from big tobacco companies to be reduced.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that half the money lawmakers had planned to use this year to temporarily shore up the scholarship fund will likely not be forthcoming due to the ruling.

  • Wintry blast hits West, 8 killed

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Stormy weather across the West blamed in eight deaths moved steadily eastward, prompting alerts of wintry conditions in New Mexico and Texas.

    Forecasters said the storm system in the West would sweep across the South and toward the Atlantic coast the coming week, causing problems for holiday travelers.

    The “Nordic outbreak” will “produce a mixed bag of wily weather that will end up impacting much of the nation,” National Weather Service meteorologist Joe Harris said.

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

    The Associated Press