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Today's News

  • $283K raised to promote bond issue

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects for higher education.

    The private fundraising foundations of colleges and universities have contributed nearly $261,000 to a political committee advocating voter approval in the general election of $119.4 million for infrastructure projects at campuses across the state.

  • Going with half a loaf

    Count us among those who think the Las Vegas City Council went only half as far as it should have last Friday when it hiked the city water rates. The new rates will increase in stages over the next four years, beginning later this year, and are expected to raise $21.6 million in bond proceeds to pay for water system capital improvements.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 3, 2012
  • Work of Art - Holding up the line

    She was friendly, polite and courteous and seemingly in control. But, she kept slowing down the line.

    Before we analyze the young local checker, let me give you my take on causing stoppages, or even slowages. I say with no hesitation that I would rather paste my nostrils together with Crazy Glue than to hold up a line.

    You know what I mean:

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 3, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Four representatives of Las Vegas met yesterday morning with U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez in Albuquerque to discuss proposed development projects for the Las Vegas area and on a good-will visit. Meeting with Senator Chavez were Cap Parkinson, Area Redevelopment head; W.J. Octhterbeck, Rural Area Development; J.R. Nunn, Chamber of Commerce president; and Apolonio Duran, county Democratic chairman, who arranged the meeting before the senator left Washington.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 3, 2012

    Highlands Homecoming Parade is Saturday

    Highlands University will host its homecoming parade at 10 a.m. Saturday. This year’s theme is “Paint the Town Purple - Viva Highlands.” Parade entries may be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Center or by calling 454-3201, 454-3495, or 454-3590.

  • Weather - Oct. 3, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers.

  • Annual enchilada dinner fundraiser next Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The annual enchilada dinner to fund Mustard Seed grants to non-profit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area takes place on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Hillcrest Restaurant.

    Next Thursday’s dinner marks the 14th anniversary of the Mustard Seed program sponsored by the local First United Presbyterian Church. The church devotes all profits from the dinner to funding projects by other organizations in the community.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 3, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m, Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dino-Football” by Lisa Wheeler. This week’s theme is “Fall Sports.” Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Cowboys defend home turf

    The New Mexico Highlands men's cross country team came up just one point shy of sweeping the top five and earning a perfect score in winning Saturday's NMHU XC Jam.

    Ismael Samano, who's been a consistent top-two man for the Cowboys over the last couple seasons, won the individual men's title by finishing in 25 minutes, 32 seconds.