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  • Weather - July 12, 2013

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 61. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Saturday

  • Martinez praises former governor

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is among the dignitaries and mourners paid their respects to former Gov. David Cargo, who lay in state in the Capitol Rotunda.

    Martinez greeted Cargo’s family as they arrived Thursday at the Capitol. Family members walked into the building behind Cargo’s flag-draped casket, which was carried by State Police officers and National Guard troops.

    Martinez spoke to the family, telling them Cargo was an “amazing man.”

  • Charges rock department

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former investigator accuses the New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management of slander and harassment in a labor-related complaint.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that a New Mexico district court heard Wednesday a case involving former intelligence analyst Victor Javier Marquez. He is seeking a restraining order against the department’s chief counsel, George Heidke, for alleged slander and a pattern of harassment.

  • Celebrating creativity
  • Free computer science camp next week at NMHU

    By Margaret McKinney
    Submitted to the Optic

  • Que Pasa - July 12, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Owl Hike, 6:30 p.m. dinner with the owl hike starting at 8:15 p.m. on Friday, July 12, meet at the refuge visitors center. Attendees are asked to bring a flashlight or headlamp and to wear hiking shoes. For more information, contact Debbie Pike at 425-3581 ext. 205.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - July 12, 2013

    THUMBS UP! FIESTAS A BIG SUCCESS
    A lot of credit for the smooth operation of the just-concluded 4th of July Fiestas goes to the committee that organized them. Equipment worked well, events were punctual, cleanup crews kept the park spiffy, and people left with good feelings. Of course, anyone who knows of recent drought conditions in this area appreciated the rain that got mixed in with the festivities.

    THUMBS UP! WHERE DID THAT CHORUS COME FROM?

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 12, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia: How Gov. Cargo won San Miguel County, twice

    Gov. David Cargo loved San Miguel and Mora counties, and never tired of expressing his affection for the people of this area. A Republican, he was especially proud that both times he ran for governor he carried San Miguel County, a Democratic bastion.

  • Another Perspective - Schools not funded adequately

    Recent events at Las Vegas City Schools surrounding the budget have led to finger pointing and confusion. The local teachers’ union has resisted another cut in pay for teachers (in exchange for days off), also known as furlough days. Some people think that jobs may have been saved had the local NEA leadership agreed to the furloughs. While this may be true, there’s more to it than that.