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  • Weather - Aug. 19, 2016


    HIGH 84° / LOW 53°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.
    6:23 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.


    HIGH 72° / LOW 51°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    6:24 a.m. to 7:43 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Aug. 19, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, Aug. 11, 1966 — Hail, larger than golf balls, pounded Mora streets and surroundings late Wednesday afternoon. Total extent of damage is believed to be over several thousand dollars. Most every home in Mora and vicinity experienced broken windows and severe damage to gardens and plant life. Few homes were protected from the raging hail, some being as large as oranges, which battered the town

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 19, 2016

    2 p.m.
    The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1063 will hold its Fourth Annual Golf Tournament at Gene Torres Golf Course. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. with a tee time of 9 a.m. Entry fee is $100 per person. Funds raised will be used to support the group’s tri-county scholarship program and the honor guard for funeral trips around the area. For more information, call Jose Paiz at 718-0956 or Arsenio Garduño at 429-6441.

    2 p.m.

  • Free family fun expo to feature outdoor activities

    Submitted to the Optic

    If you’ve wanted to learn to shoot a firearm, catch a fish, try archery or paddle a kayak, visit the Department of Game and Fish’s annual New Mexico Outdoor Expo, a free family event at the City of Albuquerque Shooting Range Park, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Aug. 19, 2016


  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 19, 2016
  • Dispatch New Mexico - Reading, writing and unconventional development

    Since the start of a new school year brings new adventures in education, and since reading and writing are essential to a good education, and since there’s a fair number people who have trouble with reading and writing, I offer up a case study — myself.

  • American hurdlers sweep

    The Associated Press

    RIO DE JANEIRO  — American Brianna Rollins started out fast and never looked back.

    Rollins led the U.S. sweep of the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio Games on Wednesday night, winning with 12.48 seconds.

    Though Rollins was unreachable, it came down to hundredths of seconds for the other two medals.

    Nia Ali had silver with 12.59 and Kristi Castlin had 12.61 for bronze.

  • Under the radar - NMHU picked eighth in RMAC football poll; Wolves remain favorite

    Jeff Mills and his Highlands Cowboys continue to operate largely under the radar as they build the football program.

    In a preseason coaches’ poll held in conjunction with the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Kickoff event earlier this month, NMHU was predicted to finish eighth among 11 league teams.

    That figure includes a pair of RMAC newcomers. South Dakota School of Mines will be playing its first season as a full member in the conference. Dixie State is joining the RMAC this fall as an associate member for the sport of football.

  • Late homer downs Isotopes on road

    Corey Brown’s two-run homer to right field sliced across the Oklahoma City sky Wednesday night, lifting his team past Albuquerque 3-2.

    That spoiled an otherwise stellar evening for the Isotopes’ pitching staff. Starter German Marquez held the Dodgers to one home run, one additional hit and three walks with six strikeouts through six complete innings. Then reliever Shane Carle fanned four and gave up just one hit and two walks in the next two frames.