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Today's News

  • Polar Bear Plungers keep their cool

    Dozens of area residents got their new year off to a joltingly refreshing start Sunday by wading into the chilly waters of Storrie Lake for the annual Polar Bear Plunge.

    In a sign of the times, the event was relocated from its usual spot along the boat dock to an area several hundred yards down the shoreline. Philip Romero, a longtime organizer of the Plunge, said the diminished water levels at the lake and specifically around the dock made the move necessary.

  • Quintana hearing slated for next week

    A decision on whether to toss the case against the former Robertson High School teacher accused of carrying on a yearslong sexual relationship with a student could be made within a week.

    Judge George Eichwald, who is presiding over the case, has scheduled a motion hearing for Jan. 10.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 4, 2012

    In 1935

    Wednesday, Jan. 2 — Triplet sons born to Mr. and Mrs. Harlington Z. Ballard, Monday morning, December 31 are the first ever officially recorded in San Miguel County and according to local physicians may be the first on birth records in New Mexico since mortality statistics were first taken in 1918. Dr. William H. Howe, physician attending the mother who is at the home of Mrs. Ballard’s sister, Mrs. Emory G. Brim at the Lucas ranch on Hot Springs boulevard, reported this morning that Mrs. Ballard and the three sturdy sons are doing splendidly.

  • Looking Ahead - Jan. 4, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Hello, Snow!” by Hope Vestergaard. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 4, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

  • Local museum to host several Centennial events

    Submitted to the Optic

    To commemorate the Centennial of New Mexico statehood in 2012 the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection will be offering programs each month.  Under the general series Centennial Adventures there will be family programs called Crafting the Centennial and scholarly discussions called Museum Cafes.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 4, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is  “Hello, Snow!” by Hope Vestergaard. The theme for the month is “It’s Snow Time!” All programs are free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Ideology and voting

    Following a political doctrine can be a destructive path. Look what happened last summer, when some tea party Republicans placed their no-tax convictions above the national interest. The result was a stalemate over raising the debt ceiling until the 11th hour, which helped convince Standard & Poor’s that America’s AAA credit rating was no longer deserved — and, for the first time in history, the nation’s credit rating was lowered.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 4, 2011
  • Work of Art: That fourth-floor issue

    Like Banquo’s Ghost, “it will not down.” The Stapleton-Espinoza-Gov. Martinez brouhaha keeps appearing in the press and on TV. Since it seems everybody has had a turn, here’s mine:

    To review: Angry at KRQE’s Larry Barker for his investigative piece, the Albuquerque Democrat State Rep. Sheryl Williams Stapleton, directed some of her umbrage at a Republican representative, Nora Espinoza, from the southern part of the state, accusing her of “carrying water for the Mexican on the fourth floor.”