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Today's News

  • Bean Day Celebration
  • State facing textbook shortage

    By Elaine D. Briseño
    Albuquerque Journal

    Homework usually means sitting down and cracking open a textbook.
    But in some classrooms across the state, students are more likely to be cracking open a laptop or pulling out a work sheet.

    State funding for textbooks has taken a dive in recent years. Textbooks are purchased from the instructional materials budget, which is separate from the operational budget, and funding is based on the 40th-day enrollment figures from the previous year.

  • Oil and gas drilling takes center stage in Mora County

    MORA — More than five dozen people gathered at Tapetes De Lana in Mora last week to view the film “Gasland,” a documentary directed by Josh Fox and presented by the Mora Democracy School Committee.

    The turnout shows the attention that oil and gas drilling is getting in Mora County these days.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 7, 2011

    In 1911

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 7, 2011

    Sustainable Las Vegas meeting is Thursday

    Sustainable Las Vegas  — the local chapter of the New Mexico Solar Energy Association — will meet at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at NMHU Donnelly Library, room 325. Bob Wessley will speak on the topic, “Water — How Can We Dodge Murphy's Law?”

  • Weather - Sept. 7, 2011

    Wednesday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. North wind 5-15 mph, becoming east. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. East wind 5-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

    Friday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.

  • Advocates rally on immigrant issue

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Immigrant rights groups chanted “Jesus was an immigrant” under the office of Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday morning as lawmakers were returning to Santa Fe for a special session that will include a proposed repeal of a law that lets illegal immigrants get New Mexico driver’s licenses.

  • New Mexico and Las Vegas News In Brief

    From The Associated Press
    and Optic staff

    Customer robbed outside of bank

    A customer who was outside the Wells Fargo bank on Eighth and Mills was robbed Tuesday morning, police said.

    Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño said the incident occurred at around 10 a.m. He said nobody was injured in the armed robbery.

  • Navajo woman helps prompt mine cleanup

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah  — The stretch of high desert on the Arizona-Utah border gives way to towering rock formations that resemble huge mittens, chimney spires and castles. But to the west of Monument Valley lies a reminder of what has been blamed for much heartache and tragedy in Elsie Mae Begay’s family: A mesa stained with a gray streak where uranium was mined decades ago.