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Today's News

  • Whooping cough cases remain high

    The Associated Press

    Whooping cough has sickened more than 300 people in New Mexico this year, a drop from last year’s record pace, but still a high enough rate that state health officials have expressed concern.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that so far this year 343 people have had pertussis. The New Mexico Department of Health says the bacterial illness has hospitalized 17 New Mexicans, including 11 infants. No pertussis deaths have been reported.

    Whooping cough had sickened 519 New Mexicans through Aug. 28, last year.

  • After the fires - ‘It could have been a lot worse’

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    Anglers returning to the recently reopened Pecos River will find far fewer places to camp and fish as well as fewer trout to catch in the wake of two devastating forest fires earlier this summer.

    “But it could have been a whole lot worse,” said Richard Hansen, Cold Water Fisheries biologist for the state Department of Game and Fish while inspecting the river at the department’s Mora recreation area recently. “The upper canyon is in pretty good shape so we’re stocking here again.”

  • Welcome rain
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 4, 2013

    The Associated Press
    Court overrules precedent
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has ruled that defendants don’t have a constitutional right to confront and question witnesses providing testimony against them at pretrial hearings.
    The state Supreme Court’s decision overruled a legal precedent on the question set by the justices in 1969.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 4, 2013

    In 1963

    Tuesday, Sept. 3 — Local hopefuls turned out on the first day of practice of the Highlands University Cowboys. They are Albert LeFebre, former West Las Vegas tackle; Emilio Aragon, former Dons’ end; Eddie Valdez, West Las Vegas All-State guard; Jake Vasquez, former tackle for Robertson High School, George Esquibel, blocking back for the Dons; Phil; Sperry, Robertson halfback, Manny Montano, who has been a Cowboy team member for two seasons and who played for Robertson High; and Sammy Blea of St. Gertrude’s of Mora.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 4, 2013

    Legal Fair to take place in Mora

    A Legal Fair is planned for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Luna Community College Satellite Office in the David Cargo Library Building in Mora. Attorneys and civil legal service providers will be available to provide free consultations in the areas of divorce, guardianship, public benefits, wills and estates, bankruptcy and foreclosure, creditor/debtor, landlord/tenant and custody. Open on a first-come, first-served basis.
     

  • Weather - Sept. 4, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5-10 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before midnight. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming light after midnight.

    Thursday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Sunny, with a high near 84. Light south wind increasing to 5-10 mph in the morning. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly clear, with a low around 58.

    Friday

  • Santiago Aragon receives Michael Marr scholarship

    Submitted to the Optic
    Santiago Valentin Aragon, a 2013 Robertson High School graduate, as been selected as the recipient of the 32nd annual Michael William Marr Memorial Scholarship. The Marr Scholarship has been awarded annually since the 1981-82 school year to a Robertson High School student athlete who excelled academically and participated in the football program.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 4, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 4, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The show-and-tell lion” by Barbara Abercrombie. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - Sept. 4, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The Guidance and Counseling Program of New Mexico Highlands University is offering free counseling services to the community this semester. The counseling is provided by graduate students in the final phase of their training in the profession of counseling. The counseling is confidential, free and supervised by a training professor of the program. The sessions are offered on Thursdays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointments, call 454-3564.