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  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2015

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:27 a.m. to 7:39 p.m.

  • Western wildfires strain resources

    By Keith Ridler
    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho — This summer’s massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a long-standing debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or to sometimes just let it burn out.

    Drought and heat have combined to make this one of the most active fire seasons in the Lower 48 in recent years.

  • Preseason test
  • Noticias- August 24, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Music from Angel Fire returns to Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Music from Angel Fire presents its Las Vegas concert starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University. The 2015 festival season, titled Made in America, celebrates American composers and music, as well as international composers that were inspired by America, or wrote special works while in residence here. Each program is hand-selected by violinist Ida Kavafian, now in her 31st season as artistic director.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 24, 2015

    TUESDAY
    MARTES
    • Las Vegas/San Miguel County Economic Development Corporation will host a presentation on “Economic Development in Small Rural Communities” starting at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Plaza Hotel. For more information, call 454-9323.

    WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES

  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 24, 2015
  • APS chief out of line

    It’s another only-in-New-Mexico story.

    On one level, the turmoil playing out at Albuquerque Public Schools is a sad example of the bickering that so often overshadows the critically important work of educating students so that they’re prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - Back to school and freedom in teaching

    Editor’s note: This column is a repeat from August 2013, updated where needed to make it relevant in August 2015.

    LAS VEGAS — It’s back-to-school time and, oh, the memories.

    I remember being a little kid and looking forward to the return with a mixture of dread and excitement. Dread because the summer was freedom and it was coming to an end; excitement because every new school year was a chance to become just a little more grown up, which in a kid’s eyes is real freedom.

  • Uphill climb for NMHU

    Las Vegas Optic and RMAC reports

    Colorado School of Mines has been tabbed the preseason favorite to take home the 2015 RMAC volleyball title after the preseason coaches’ poll was released this past week.

    The Orediggers have held at least a share of the RMAC regular-season title in each of the last three seasons, finishing last season tied atop the standings with Colorado Mesa. Both squads racked up 17-1 RMAC records.