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Today's News

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Las Conchas fire has burned 146,000 acres

    The Las Conchas fire burning in the Santa Fe National Forest has burned 146,353 acres and is 45 percent contained, fire officials announced Sunday.

    The fire has destroyed 63 homes and 44 outbuildings.

    The human-caused blaze started on June 26.

    Wallow fire now fully contained

    SPRINGERVILLE, Ariz. — The biggest wildfire in Arizona history is now fully contained.

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Saturday, July 8 — That there is much cause for hope that statehood will be granted New Mexico during the present extra session of congress is the statement of ex-Governor George Curry and Charlie A. Spiess, who have just returned from Washington where they worked energetically and conscientiously for the admission of this territory into the Union. Both men state ... that the Flood resolution, as amended by the senate committee on territories, will meet the approval of the people of New Mexico...

  • Looking Ahead - News July 11, 2011

    County commission to meet Tuesday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 12, beginning at 1:30 p.m. at the San Miguel County Commission Chambers, county courthouse, 2nd Floor, 500 West National Ave., Suite 200.

  • Weather - July 11, 2011

    Monday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Tuesday

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • Group creates unique quilt for benefit raffle

    Submitted to the Optic

    Silver Threads has recently completed a one-of-a-kind quilt to be raffled at the People’s Fair in August as a fundraiser for Friends of Carnegie Library.
    For June and July the quilt will be displayed at Community First Bank, Bank of Las Vegas, State Employees Credit Union, the City of Las Vegas city hall, Thread Bear and Carnegie Library.

  • Que Pasa - July 11, 2011

    TODAY HOY

  • Exiting the downturn

    It’s hard to be against big government in Las Vegas, since that’s our biggest business here. The state hospital is the single largest employer, while other federal, state, county or city jobs keep a lot of other workers away from the unemployment line. Meanwhile, three local colleges and two public school districts keep an enormous amount of money coming in, which boosts our economy in more ways than can be counted.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 11, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Another boomer failure?

    One of the greatest accomplishments of the baby boomers is not that we turned race and color into non-issues on the American landscape, but that we raised the generation that might just do it.

    Case in point: The election of Barack Obama, our first African-American president. He was elected with the overwhelming support of young voters — more so than he had with voters over age 50.