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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 11, 2012

    Mayoral Q&A session is this Thursday

    Highlands University, through its political science department is sponsoring a question-and-answer session for the mayoral candidates on the ballot for the April 17 runoff. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100. The forum for the Ward 3 candidates was to be held Tuesday evening.

  • Weather - April 11, 2012

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming south 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 36.

  • Seed exchange Saturday

    Submitted the Optic

    Local farmers, ranchers, gardeners and others will gather this Saturday for Las Vegas’ third annual seed exchange, “Compartiendo Semillas.”

    The seed exchange is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Luna Community College cafeteria. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • 3 school workers split winnings

    By Sarah Brumfield
    The Associated Press

    BALTIMORE — Two public school teachers and a school administrator who call themselves “The Three Amigos” are sharing the spoils of last month’s record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and children’s college educations, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.

  • In Brief - News - April 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press and Submitted to the Optic

    Celebrating library week

    The Thomas C. Donnelly Library at New Mexico Highlands University celebrates National Library Week April 9-13 with activities for the public and campus community.

    The library is at 802 National Ave.

  • Our choices in the runoffs

    About a week before the March 6 municipal election, we began making recommendations as to who we believed would best serve the city of Las Vegas. We endorsed Martín Gallegos for the Ward 3 position on the City Council, touting, among other things, his no-nonsense approach to the issues facing the city.

  • Work of Art - Eggs-actly right

    “Cáscara or piñon?” That was the choice my oldest sister Dolores offered us in our youth, as the aroma of our mother’s homemade bread wafted through the kitchen.

    Bread was a Saturday staple in Mom’s kitchen, and those first in line got the choice pickings. Let’s define a few terms first:

  • Beef, boots and bull to benefit Ride to Pride

    By Birdie Jaworski
    Submitted to the Optic

    You live in the real Wild West. You wear worn cowboy boots, a dusty Stetson, a braided leather bolo around your collar.

    You eat the hottest chile this side of the Pecos and don’t bat an eye. You have the simple heart and rough hands of a cowboy. But are you man — or woman — enough to ride a bucking mechanical bull?

  • Que Pasa - April 11, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Twins’ Blanket” by Hyewon Yum. This month’s theme is “Celebrating National Library Library Month”. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Mora’s Chavez 4th in elite meet

    Mora distance runner Alonzo Chavez placed fourth in the boys’ 2-mile run Monday at the Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational in Albuquerque.

    The annual meet is an invitation-only affair reserved for the top high school track and field athletes from across the state.

    Chavez had one of his best efforts, finishing the 3,200-meter run in 9:57.46. He won the event at the recent Fabian Trujillo Memorial Invite with a time of 10:23.69.

    Chavez and Pecos’ Antonio Varela were the only two competitors from Class 2A in the boys’ 2-mile run.