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  • Weather - May 13, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph. Mostly clear on Friday night, with a low around 43. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming calm.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 43. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Sunday

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 13, 2011
  • Correction - News

    A story in Wednesday’s Optic on the Jay Quintana case misidentified Quintana’s defense attorney. He is represented by Thomas M. Clark, and the motion’s filed on behalf of Quintana were filed by Clark. 

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news

    THUMBS UP! ADDED SECURITY. The city of Las Vegas is closing a deal with Game and Fish to buy water to help get it through the current drought. The city’s getting about 125 acre feet of water for about $25,000 — adding 11 days to the 72 days worth of storage the city already has.

  • Nuestra Historia - The Jewish merchants

    When introducing the most recent articles in this column, we noted that between annexation in 1846 and the arrival of the railroad in 1879, there were three transformative developments in Las Vegas. We have related two of them, the Americanization of the Old Town Plaza and the emergence of the Romero dynasty.

  • Orgullo del Norte - English only?

    The first and most powerful step in dismantling someone’s culture is by erasing their language. In the not-so-distant past, young Native Americans of El Norte were sent to “Indian Schools” for assimilation. They were forbidden to speak their native tongue.

  • Editorial Roundup

    The Denver Post on the bin Laden photos (May 6) — There was little to gain and a lot to lose had the Obama administration decided to release photographs of the bullet-scarred body of Osama bin Laden. We think the president made the right call in withholding them.

    In this age of the Internet and WikiLeaks, there are no assurances that the photos will stay under wraps forever. However, a public release of the photos would be out of step with the objective of the mission the U.S. carried out in hunting down the man so closely connected to the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

  • Guitar master
  • Co-op receives grants

    The Associated Press

    MORA — La Jicarita Telephone Cooperative in northern New Mexico’s Mora County is receiving more than $11.8 million in grants and loans to upgrade its broadband delivery system.

    The funding through Rural Development’s broadband loan program will provide fiber optic service to people in very rural areas who have limited broadband service, or none at all.

    Rural development says the fiber optics will replace old and deteriorating copper telephone lines.

  • Measure gets hearing

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman says the National Park Service is the agency best suited to handle long-term management of the Valles Caldera National Preserve in northern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico Democrat made the comment Wednesday after a committee hearing on legislation that directs the agency to take over management of the preserve in a way that protects the area’s natural and cultural resources.

    Bingaman and fellow New Mexico Democrat Tom Udall introduced the legislation.