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Today's News

  • Salazar named Optic publisher

    After serving as the Las Vegas Optic’s interim general manager and editor for the past 10 months, Martin Salazar has been appointed publisher and editor of the newspaper.

    The Optic’s parent company, Landmark Community Newspapers, announced the move on Monday.

    “Martin played a major role in addressing (several) key issues and making sure the Las Vegas Optic is positioned better for the future,” said Dan Sykes, an executive vice president with Landmark, in a statement issued this week.

  • Award-winning craftsman - Sculpture exhibit starts at H.U.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Christopher Thomson art exhibit Forged Sculpture — Steel and Bronze from Jan. 7 to Jan. 29 in Burris Hall Gallery, with an artist reception and gallery talk Jan. 24 from 4 to 6 p.m.

    The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Christopher Thomson is an iron artist and master craftsman whose award-winning forged pieces have been featured in galleries from New York City to Los Angeles.

  • Gov proposes 3 percent budget increase

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Monday proposed a 3 percent increase in spending on education and state government programs next year, but no across-the-board pay raise for public employees as a legislative budget panel has recommended.

    In releasing her administration’s budget recommendations for the upcoming legislative session, Martinez called for spending nearly $6.1 billion in the fiscal year starting in July — an increase of almost $179 million.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 8, 2014

    Olympic seniors meeting
    Senior Olympic Meeting, 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 9 at the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center. This is a very important meeting, and all members are asked to attend.
     

  • Looking Back - Jan. 8, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Jan. 8, 2014

    Wednesday
    Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Northwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night. Lows in the 20s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph in the evening.

    Thursday
    Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s to lower 50s. Southwest winds 10-15 mph, shifting to the west 10-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night with a slight chance of snow. Lows in the mid 20s to lower 30s.

    Friday
    Partly cloudy with a slight chance of rain and snow showers. Highs in the 40s.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 8, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 8, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “All the Seasons of the Year” by Deborah Lee Rose. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Award winners - Wagon Mound school custodians recognized

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Wagon Mound Public Schools custodians were recognized individually for maintaining their work orders, reports, schedule of inspections, and keeping their schools in clean and safe conditions. Each received a golden plaque that reads, “Your resourcefulness and dedication to the students and staff have yielded improved facilities and an enhanced learning environment.”

  • Wrong-way drivers

    Who can forget the Nov. 11, 2006, Interstate 25 crash in which wrong-way driver Dana Papst plowed head-on with a minivan carrying a Las Vegas family?

    Killed in that horrific crash just east of Santa Fe were Paul Gonzales, 36, his wife, Renee Collins Gonzales, 39, along with their daughters Jacquelynn Renee Gonzales, 11, and Selena Gonzales, 10, and Paul Gonzales’ 17-year-old stepdaughter Alisha Rae Garcia.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 8, 2014