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Today's News

  • Optic staff scrambled to report on assassination

    By Jean Whiting
    For the Optic

    Editor’s note: Jean Whiting was managing editor of the Optic at the time of the assassination.
    Nov. 22, 1963, was a relatively uneventful day in Las Vegas until news of the shooting in Dallas spread throughout the city.

  • Area residents recall that awful day

    Editor’s note: Some of us know about President Kennedy’s assassination from history books. But for those who experienced Nov. 22, 1963, first-hand, it was a day like no other. An assassin’s bullet in Dallas brought John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s presidency to an end, and robbed a nation of its innocence. We spoke to nine area residents about their recollections of that day, and below are their stories.
    When possible, the Optic secured photos of those interviewed, taken at the approximate time the assassination occurred.

  • For a moment, U.S. stopped to say farewell to JFK

    By Jerry Schwartz
    The Associated Press

    The horse’s name was Black Jack. His saddle was empty, but boots were in the stirrups — backwards. Skittishly, he followed the body of John F. Kennedy on its last journey.

    You could hear his hooves against the pavement, along with the clip-clop of the team of six white horses that pulled the caisson bearing the flag-bedecked coffin. And you could hear the muffled drums that resounded across Washington, and across the nation.

  • ABQ voters reject late-term abortion ban

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — In a closely watched, first-of-its kind municipal election, voters in New Mexico’s largest city have soundly defeated a ban on late-term abortions.

    Voters on Tuesday rejected the measure 55 percent to 45 percent following an emotional and graphic campaign that brought in national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising. The campaign included protests that compared abortion to the Holocaust and displayed pictures of aborted fetuses.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 22, 2013

    Editor’s note: The following jail log is shorter than normal because, as of press time,  the San Miguel County Detention Center hadn’t posted any individuals taken into custody after Nov. 15.

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 13 and Nov. 15:
    Raul Quintana, 37, failure to appear
    Anthony Baca, 31, failure to appear
    Styles Gold, 18, disorderly conduct
    Lorenzo Gallegos, 51, shoplifting larceny

  • Weather - Nov. 22, 2013

    Friday
    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 26. Northeast wind around 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible. A 50 percent chance of snow At night. Cloudy, with a low around 18. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 22, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Nov. 22 — President Kennedy has been assassinated.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 22, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Merry Christmas Pageant to benefit John, Paul, Ashley, Cheyenne and Savannah Lujan who lost their home and belongings to a fire, Saturday, Dec. 7 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Pageant entry is $50 per contestant and the deadline for entry is Friday, Nov. 22. Children from 6 months to 12 years old are eligible to participate. For more information, contact Shannon Saiz at 429-5803 or by e-mail at mantha1krysten@yahoo.com.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • NMHU’s Original Music Concert tonight at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Music Technology Program presents an Original Music Concert at 7 p.m. tonight (Friday) in  Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Students will showcase their original music in a wide variety of styles, including alternative, dubstep, hip-hop, rock, metal and more.  

    Department of Music professor Edward Harrington directs the Music Technology Program.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 22, 2013

    THUMBS UP! SHOEBOXES OF HOPE