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Today's News

  • Looking Back - June 19, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, June 20 — Rodeo activity in Las Vegas will get under way tonight with judging of the queen contest, a Ballyhoo and dance to be followed by rodeos, dances and parades Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Rough Riders began arriving early this week for their reunion, which is being held here, and a number of dinners and receptions are planned for the Rough Riders, their wives and guests. Queen contestants Linda Post, Karen Darnell and Beverly Stevenson will be judged tonight at the Rodeo Grounds when they demonstrate their horsemanship.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 19, 2013

    Fort Union National Monument’s annual “Cultural Encounters” weekend on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23. The event weekend is free and open to the public and runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Special emphasis will be placed on the Southwest in 1863, talks and demonstrations will be given, highlighting the military campaigns and actions which connected Fort Union to the Long Walk of Mescalero Apache and Navajo in 1863.
     

  • Weather - June 19, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms before 7 a.m., then isolated showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before 7 p.m. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

  • FYI - June 19, 2013

    People who live around Mike Mateo Elementary in Sapello heard explosions and felt the ground shake at about 8 p.m. Tuesday night.

    State police Sgt Emmanuel Gutierrez said his agency’s Ordnance Disposal Team was in the area detonating abandoned dynamite that they were called in to dispose of. He said some 40 sticks of dynamite were detonated. There were no injuries, and no foul play is suspected, Gutierrez said.

  • Simpson to discuss book about Valmora Sanatorium

    Submitted to the Optic

    From the 1870s to the 1950s, tuberculosis was the leading cause of death in the United States. It was believed that dry climate, high elevation, fresh air, rest, and sound nutrition were effective treatments. The Las Vegas area met the criteria and the Valmora Industrial Sanatorium, 25 miles north, was established in 1904 by Dr. William T. Brown. It was later supported by 35 industrial organizations in Chicago and St. Louis.

  • Que Pasa - June 19, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Public Library is over for the year, but the Summer Reading Program will begin on Wednesday, June 19. Registration forms are available at the library.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Double duty
  • Bengals, Campbell to star in HBO show

    New Mexico Highlands University football fans looking to follow the career of former Cowboy star and NFL hopeful Jordan Campbell are in luck.

    The Cincinnati Bengals have been chosen as the subject for this year’s version of “Hard Knocks,” the HBO documentary that gives viewers an inside look at preseason training camp for a National Football League franchise.

  • Crespin fights again on June 28

    Arturo Crespin didn’t get much time to celebrate his latest professional boxing victory.

    Crespin, who stopped Charles Alderete on May 31, will return to the ring for a rematch with Jose Garcia on Friday, June 28, at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

    “El Toro” is 9-2-1 as a pro, having won four matches by knockout.

    Tickets, ranging from $25 to $45 to $80, are available locally from Carlos Crespin, Arturo’s father and head of Crespin Promotions. The elder Crespin may be contacted at 429-4068.

  • Topes hang on vs. Memphis

    The Albuquerque Isotopes led 3-0 through the first two innings and held on for a 4-3 decision Monday night against visiting Memphis.

    The victory brought a successful end to Albuquerque’s homestand. The Isotopes’ win streak reached five, and they’ve won seven of 10.

    Albuquerque is 39-32 as of Tuesday morning, a mere half-game out of first place in the Pacific Coast League American Southern Division. Round Rock (40-32) is in first.

    Memphis slipped to 35-37, still leading the PCL American Northern by one game over the Iowa Cubs (33-37).