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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead

    Glimpses of the Past presentation Thursday

    Fort Union National Monument will have its monthly “Glimpses of the Past” presentation titled “Rancho de las Golondrinas: An Intimate History” at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 425-8025.

  • Weather - May 18, 2011

    Wednesday
    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Thursday

  • FYI

    The Las Vegas City Schools board was expected to select the district’s next superintendent on Tuesday. Four finalists remained: Sheri Williams, Eric Martinez, Marc Space and Jim Reed.

    The Optic will have breaking news coverage of the selection on our website, lasvegasoptic.com. Pick up a copy of Friday’s paper for complete coverage.

  • Rewarding Reading
  • Recycling plan smart

    We had given up on the idea that the city and county would work together to advance recycling efforts, but we gladly stand corrected — assuming, that is, that a plan to create a regional recycling system here comes to fruition.

    At a recent San Miguel County Commission meeting, a memorandum of understanding with the city was approved that, if signed by the city, will unify the two entities in their recycling efforts. The collaboration will be made possible with a $103,650 grant from the New Mexico Recycling Coalition.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 18, 2011
  • Work of Art: This TV runs on kerosene

    “Please leave the humor to me.” I’ve used that line many times, especially toward my brother-in-law, Jeff Romero, a lawyer  who used to be the district attorney in Albuquerque.

    He’d start in with lawyer jokes (yes, lawyers know them all; they hear them, spread them, laugh at them and feel unloved if someone fails to tell a lawyer joke in their presence).

    One thing about Jeff, a man who has made quite a good living, was his reluctance to buy new stuff.

  • Highlands’ Mohr, Maupin honored

    At least in terms of New Mexico Highlands’ late-season and postseason run this spring, this was shades of Mantle and Maris.

  • Ortzow, Rael sign to continue at collegiate level

    Amanda Ortzow’s love of the octagon helped her decide to continue her distance running career at the collegiate level.

    The West Las Vegas senior has committed to attending and running for New Mexico Highlands University in cross country and track and field in 2011-12, she reported to the Optic this week.

    “I didn’t want to stop running — or fighting — after high school was over,” she said. “I love it too much.”

  • Barela to head Lady Panthers hoops

    Leroy Barela, who just finished guiding the Pecos High School track and field team to a host of medals at the Class 2A state championship meet, will be picking up an additional whistle this coming school year.

    Barela has been hired to take over the school’s girls’ basketball program, the coach said Saturday.

    Barela served as a top assistant to basketball programs at Class 3A West Las Vegas for four years. Before that, he coached two years at Valley Middle School.