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  • Weather - Oct. 16, 2013

    Wednesday
    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday

  • Bridge Street award celebrated

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A crowd nearing 100 in number gathered at the Bridge Street Breezeway event celebrating Bridge Street’s designation of “One of 10 Great Streets in America” Saturday.

    The crowd was regaled by the music of New Mexico Highlands University Vaqueros de la Sierra, directed by Benny Lucero.

  • Dons school spirit
  • West schools crank up furnaces

    Many residents have turned on their heating systems or started burning wood in their fireplaces recently due to cold night temperatures.  

    The West Las Vegas Middle School and High School finally have heat as well. For years, both schools have had problems with their heating units.

    Via telephone, Bill Kipnis of Energy Concepts Inc. told the school board last week that although the company has not completed all the work, both sites have heat in the buildings.

  • Review - How unusual can you get?

    For the Optic

    One of the kickoff events for NMHU’s 120th Birthday/Homecoming schedule was a variety show Saturday evening at Ilfeld Auditorium, billed “Politics as Unusual Variety Show Featuring New Mexico Elected Officials.”

    They couldn’t have given it a better billing, as the various individuals undoubtedly showed the small but grateful audience a side of the featured public officials in a light that the general public might never have expected.

  • Senate leads hunt for shutdown, debt limit deal

    By Alan Fram
    The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Senators put faith in party leaders Sunday to devise a plan that would reopen the government and steer clear of a potential default this week, saying it’s unthinkable that political obstinacy would prevent the United States from paying its bills.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 14, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Scholarship still in limbo

    A state task force looking for ways to keep New Mexico’s lottery-funded college scholarship program from running dry has held its last meeting without coming up with any recommendations.
    Scholarship costs are growing faster than lottery revenue in part because of tuition increases.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 14, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 14, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie
    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Whooo’s Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost?”  by Kay Winters. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Oct. 14, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 65. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 49. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 28.

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.