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Today's News

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2011

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 58. East wind 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30percent.

    Saturday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming south 5 mph.  A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

  • FYI - News

    The Las Vegas Optic offices will be closed Monday, Sept. 5, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

  • Correction - News Sept. 2, 2011

    Previous stories  in the Optic on the murder case against Ryan Garcia have erroneously reported Ralph Garcia’s relationship to the defendant. Ralph Garcia is Ryan Garcia’s father.

  • President Obama sets sights on speech

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will a deliver rare address to a joint session of Congress next week to introduce a long-awaited plan for jobs and economic growth, but not before being forced to yield in a test of wills with House Speaker John Boehner over not what he would say, but when he would say it.

    Obama agreed to schedule his address on Sept. 8 after Boehner balked at the president's request for a Sept. 7 speech.

  • The end of an era at Montezuma Post Office

    By Emily Withnall
    UWC-USA

    The heart of the small community of Montezuma, New Mexico stands at the intersection of Highway 65, leading up to Hermit’s Peak, and the road that dips down to the right and up to the campus of UWC-USA.

    A visitor arriving during the school-year is likely to see students walking across the foot bridge that leads to this center: the Montezuma post office.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 2, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • The Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the 10th Annual Little Miss Las Vegas Pageant on Sunday, Oct. 2 at West Las Vegas High School. The competition is open to girls ages 6 to 12. Phases of competition are talent, casual wear, on-stage question and party/formal wear. Entry forms may be picked up at the Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce or the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Entry deadline is Friday, Sept. 2. No entry fee required. For more information, call Philip Ortiz at 718-5656.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news`

    THUMBS UP! FOCUS ON THE GRAD RATE. According to a recent report, Highlands University’s graduation rate is dismal, so a recent $100,000 grant from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and University is a welcome contribution to efforts to improve on that. As part of the grant, Highlands will be paired with a mentoring school that has successful retention and graduation strategies in place for minority students. Let’s hope it’s effective at boosting Highlands’ rates.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 2, 2011
  • Nuestra Historia - Montezuma rises like a phoenix — twice

    The railroad was not deterred by the 1884 fire that completely destroyed the first Montezuma hotel, a three-story frame structure built in 1882. A new four-story stone and brick hotel was immediately erected on higher ground and completed in 1885.

  • State champ Cats in town

    Lovington and Robertson have played each other so semi-regularly over the last decade that they are almost friends on the football field.

    Almost.

    The defending Class 3A state champion Wildcats return to the Meadow City for a Friday night game at Cardinal Stadium. Kickoff is 7 p.m. for Robertson’s first home football game of the fall.

    Not surprisingly, Lovington entered the season as the No. 1 team in the polls, and that didn’t change going into week two of the schedule.