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Today's News

  • Annual Literacy Fair Sat.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting the fifth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 25, 2013

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • Looking for Young Country Singers Competition will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Winner will open for the “Matt Mason” concert on Feb. 16. For competition rules and for more information, call 454-3238.
    • Fifth Annual Literacy Fair, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All are welcome and invited to help promote reading for all ages by dressing as a character from myths, stories, or legends. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2013

    Literacy Fair is this weekend

    The fifth annual Literacy Fair will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All are welcome and invited to help promote reading for all ages by dressing up as a character from myths, stories or legends. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2013

    Friday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Saturday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 15-20 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

    Sunday

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 25, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER WAKE-UP CALL. It’s been said before that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” a catastrophic wildfire will hit the Gallinas Canyon and watershed. But in a presentation to the Gallinas Partnership last week, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong minced no words as he reinforced that warning. “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” he told a gathering of about 50 people.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 25, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia - The Gazette and other early newspapers

    We now continue our series about Las Vegas newspapers, as our tale of two cities would be lacking without the history of the fourth estate along the Gallinas.

    Newspapers often provide a candid glimpse into the social, cultural and political events of the past — and often influence them — and newspapers also write the first draft of history, as Optic publisher Tom McDonald has observed.

  • Editorial Roundup, Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Jan. 25, 2013

    Los Angeles Times on the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (Jan. 22) —  Forty years ago Jan. 22, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. This one sweeping decision transformed abortion from what was often a secret, illicit and dangerous act, sometimes crudely self-inflicted, into a generally legal and safe procedure. But it also turned abortion, always an emotional issue, into one of society’s most divisive.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Jan. 25, 2013

    The Associated Press

    State grad rate was 67.3 percent

    The federal government reports that New Mexico’s graduation rate for the 2009-2010 was 67.3 percent. That’s below the national average of 78.2 percent.
    The so-called “average freshman graduation rates” indicate the percentage of 9th graders who go on to graduate within four years.
    The rates are being reported by the National Center for Education Statistics, which is part of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • 20 years on the bench