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  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 23, 2013

    Free Mandarin Chinese classes
    UWC-USA offers free Chinese (Mandarin) classes – for ages 15 and up. Chinese is the language with the most speakers in the world. Classes run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. every Thursday, starting on Oct. 24 at the Old Town Mission, Chavez at Socorro. Free, but an ongoing commitment is necessary. Contact shenmojia@yeah.net or Sharon.seto@uwc-usa.org or 454-4206.
     

  • Weather - Oct. 23, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. Southeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast in the evening.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 62. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 35.

  • Teacher called hero in fatal Nevada school shooting

    By Scott Sonner
    The Associated Press

    SPARKS, Nev. — Students at a Nevada middle school were filing off buses and reuniting with friends on the playground after a weeklong vacation when the pop of gunfire shattered the morning calm. Children fled the campus for their lives before the first bell rang.

  • Tepid jobs data stoke Fed stimulus hopes

    By Steve Rothwell
    AP Markets Writer

    NEW YORK — The prospect of more economic stimulus from the Federal Reserve because of a slowdown in hiring last month pushed the Standard & Poor’s 500 index further into record territory Tuesday.

    Whirlpool, Delta Air Lines and Kimberly-Clark rose sharply after reporting higher earnings.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 23, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Court to wait on marriage ruling

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court says it won’t issue an immediate decision in a case that could decide whether gay marriage is legal statewide.
    The state Supreme Court will hear two hours of arguments from lawyers in the case on Wednesday.
    The court clerk told lawyers last week that the court won’t make a decision on the day of the hearing but will take the case under consideration.

  • East music teacher may leave

    Parents and students at Las Vegas City Schools are worried a loss may soon occur at their school district. During a regular board meeting Thursday evening, music director Martin Sena confirmed he has been offered a music director position at Pecos Schools. He said he has not made the decision on whether to stay with the east side district or go to Pecos.

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  • High court to hear case on gay marriage

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Linda Siegle and her partner of 22 years were first in line when the Santa Fe County clerk started to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples in late August.

    Now, she’s waiting to see whether the New Mexico Supreme Court will legalize gay marriage in all of the state’s 33 counties. Eight counties currently allow it.

  • Ulibarri says he’ll run for commission

    A Las Vegas teacher and environmental activist has announced that he will once again run for a seat on the San Miguel County Commission.

    Ulibarri issued a statement to the Optic late Friday afternoon. In it, he said he planned to make the official announcement later that afternoon at the anti-fracking rally at Plaza Park.

    Ulibarri resides in District 1, and that seat is currently held by Commissioner Ron Ortega.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 21, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Oct. 22 — Official ballots have been sent to members of the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce for election of six new directors of the group. The six new directors will be selected from  nominees Howard Driggers, Kenneth C. Gifford, Charles V. Glover, William Halm, Dr. Robert J. Henry, Ivan J. Hilton, Eloy Ludi, George O. Maloof, J.R. Nunn, J.M. “Salty” Sparks, Dr. R. C. Vander Meer and Harry Vorenberg.