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Today's News

  • Que Pasa - May 11, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public. This week’s theme is “Spring Flowers and Butterflies,” the book is ”My Garden” by Kevin Henkes and the craft is “flower basket.”

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • NMHU students present research at conference

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two New Mexico Highlands University student researchers presented at the Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Washington, D.C., with one taking home first prize in the ecology division.

    Antonio Garcia, a junior majoring in forestry with a minor in biology, won first place for his geographic information systems, or GIS, study about the correlation between soil type and vegetation at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Noticias - May 11, 2011

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@ lasvegasoptic.com

  • Looking Ahead

    Food drive is Saturday

    It’s time to dig into your pantry and donate some of those canned goods to charity. The Las Vegas letter carriers annual food drive is Saturday. Leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox on this day.

  • Weather - May 11, 2011

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday

  • FYI - News

    The smokey haze that blanketed the Las Vegas area Monday evening had many worried that a fire was burning nearby. Not so, says County Emergency Manager Dennis English. He says the strong winds brought smoke from wildfires burning in other parts of New Mexico and in Arizona. English said he received several calls about the smoke. 

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Wildfires prompt evacuations

    MAYHILL, N.M.  — Dry conditions and wind were helping fan wildfires around New Mexico as one blaze burned two buildings and prompted evacuations in the village of Mayhill while another in the rugged Gila Wilderness caused officials to urge residents of about 35 homes to leave the area, authorities said Monday.

  • Drought descends on states

    LUBBOCK, Texas — With much of the nation focused on a spring marked by historic floods and deadly tornadoes, Texas and parts of several surrounding states are suffering through a drought nearly as punishing as some of the world's driest deserts.

    Some parts of the Lone Star State have not seen any significant precipitation since August. Bayous, cattle ponds and farm fields are drying up, and residents are living under constant threat of wildfires, which have already burned across thousands of square miles.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 11, 2011
  • Air as a ‘public trust’

    Desperate times call for desperate measures. That could well be the battle cry for a group of litigants who are targeting states with a legal effort to force government intervention on climate change.

    Last week, The Associated Press reported on an effort being mounted to get earth’s atmosphere declared a “public trust” and therefore deserving of special protections. It’s an approach that helped clean up polluted rivers and coastlines in times past, and its proponents think it might just work in this case, too.