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Today's News

  • Democrats assail gov during forum

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Five Democrats running for governor directed a barrage of criticism at Republican incumbent Susana Martinez at a candidate forum Saturday rather than sniping at each other.

    With the June 3 primary election a month away, Democrats assailed Martinez for weak job growth in the state and New Mexico being rated in a recent national study as the worst in the country for the well-being of children.

  • Looking Back - May 5, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, May 4 — The first perfect game in the history of the New Mexico state bowling tournament was turned in by Bob Schopfer of Las Vegas in Albuquerque. Schopfer, owner of Vegas Bowl, has been bowling 20 years and is a former U.S. Air Force jet pilot before taking over the local bowling alleys in 1963.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 5, 2014

    Donate to local nonprofits this Tuesday
    The Community Foundation Coalition of New Mexico is organizing Give Grande NM, a day of giving dedicated to supporting local causes. On Tuesday, go to www.givegrandenm.org to donate to your favorite nonprofit. Donations you make could be matched. For more on this effort, see today’s editorial on Page 4.

  • Weather - May 5, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 45. Windy.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - May 5

    The New Mexico State Police will conduct multiple DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora Counties this month. State Police will also conduct multiple DWI Saturation Patrols, random Driver’s License and Registration Checkpoints as well as speed enforcement and occupant restraint enforcement projects throughout May.

  • Naturalization Ceremony Friday at Fort Union

    Submitted to the Optic

    Fort Union National Monument announced its first Naturalization Ceremony to be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at the monument located near Watrous. This is an opportunity for some to become the first in their family to earn American Citizenship.

  • Que Pasa - May 5, 2014

    WEDNESDAY
    MIÉRCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7 in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

    UPCOMING &
    ONGOING

  • Give Grande, Las Vegas

    Nonprofit organizations play such a vital role in every community throughout this nation. In some instances they serve as a safety net, engaging in such activities as providing meals to the hungry and shelters for the homeless. In other instances, they serve as advocates for important causes like revitalizing a city’s downtown district and helping out troubled or abused kids.

    In almost every instance, they enrich our communities.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 5, 2014
  • Another Perspective: Acequias important to area

    Indo-Hispanos have created an intimate relationship with the land and growing crops for subsistence for over a hundred years in New Mexico.

    They built acequias — communal irrigation systems — not only to sustain an agricultural lifestyle, but also to nurture an organic and communal way of life. Researchers affiliated with the Rio Grande Bioregions Project initiated a pioneering collaborative, farmer-led, and interdisciplinary study of Colorado and New Mexico acequias in 1995-99.