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Today's News

  • Weather - March 17, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Wednesday

  • Correction - March 17, 2014

    An Associated Press brief that ran in Friday’s Optic erroneously reported that Las Vegas native and San Miguel County treasurer Laura Montoya was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of aggravated battery. Montoya was not arrested. She was issued a criminal summons to appear in court.

  • Malaysia asks countries for data

    By Chris Brummitt and Jim Gomez
    The Associated Press

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysian authorities on Sunday examined a flight simulator that was confiscated from the home of one of the missing jetliner’s pilots and asked governments to divulge sensitive radar data, warning that without it locating the plane in what is now a massive search area might be impossible.

  • Noticias - March 17, 2014

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

  • Que Pasa - March 17, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Rio Gallinas Middle School and Casa de Cultura’s Dia de Los San Patricios Educational Celebration, 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 17 at Plaza Park. Guest speaker is Pat Gallagan with various events including poetry and interior monologues as well as beans, chile, corned beef and cabbage.

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Conservation District monthly board meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18 at the U.S. Forest Service Building. For more information, call 425-9088.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 17, 2014
  • We’re proud of the Dons

    “The Dons are giving up about four inches in height per man,” said the radio announcer broadcasting the semifinal matchup between the West Las Vegas Dons and the Hope Christian Huskies.

  • Another Perspective - Celebrate the sunshine

    By Kathi Bearden

    March 16-22 is Sunshine Week in New Mexico and nationwide. Take a moment to celebrate! Sunshine Week focuses on the importance of open government. No open government, no democracy. No transparency, no government accountability.

    I care about Sunshine Week both as a citizen and as a former newspaper employee/publisher for 22 years. We relied heavily upon the State of New Mexico’s strong public records and opening meeting acts to help keep public officials accountable and public bodies honest.

  • Dons go dancing - West Las Vegas returns to The Pit for state semifinal with Hope juggernaut

    ALBUQUERQUE — Cody Najar’s coast-to-coast layup had just gotten West Las Vegas within a bucket, 36-34, as the first half of Friday’s Class 3A state semifinal neared its completion.

    To the hundreds — perhaps thousands — of West Las Vegas fans in attendance, it felt like an exclamation point for the half, not to mention a Dons comeback from what had been an 11-point deficit six minutes earlier.

  • Weekend Roundup - Lady Cards open by winning Prep softball tourney - March 17

    Spring is bringing fresh hope for the Robertson softball program, which opened by winning the Sandia Prep Sundevil Invitational over the weekend in Albuquerque.

    The Lady Cardinals completed their tournament with a 16-2 romp over Albuquerque Academy on Saturday.

    Academy had won its pool and RHS had won the other to set up the contest.

    Robertson slammed Estancia 24-7 on Friday, finishing on Bryanna Duran’s walkoff grand slam. The Lady Cards then edged Rehoboth in an 18-17 shootout.