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  • Weather - March 9, 2012

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east. New snow accumulation of around an inch possible. A chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. South wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Saturday

  • Correction - News - March 9, 2012

    An article on the Fiesta de la Hispanidad published in Monday’s edition contained two errors. Among the performers will be Kenneth Archuleta. The band Macizo will also perform. Archuleta and the band were misidentified in the original story.

  • Counting the Votes
  • Navajos look to invest in project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A $1.5 billion effort to link the United States’ three major electricity grids has caught the attention of one of the country’s largest American Indian tribes as it looks to enter the energy race.

    Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly has met with developers of the Tres Amigas Superstation and sees the project as an opportunity for electricity generated on the reservation — which spans parts of Arizona, New Mexico and Utah — to reach other markets.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - March 9, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Prisoners leave Sandoval jail
    ALBUQUERQUE — Nearly 200 federal prisoners are being transferred out of the Sandoval County Detention Center to other jails in New Mexico but federal authorities aren't saying why.

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - March 9, 2012

    THUMBS UP! DECISIONS MADE, RUNOFF BOUND. Some people seem frustrated with the fact that two of the three municipal races haven’t been decided yet, thanks to the new runoff system in place. But it’s the only way to select our next mayor and Ward 3 councilor by majority votes. We think it will be worth the wait.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 9, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - New Mexico by any other name — Arizona?

    By Jesus Lopez

    Even New Mexico’s name was offensive to Washington, and during the long quest for statehood, several attempts were made to change her age-old identity.

    As early as 1869, a Congressional bill proposing statehood required that New Mexico’s name be changed to Lincoln. In 1888, New Mexico’s admission was proposed in Congress under the name Montezuma. Even these attempts at statehood having failed, a name change was never actually required —  until 1906.

  • Community Water Report - Protecting our water future

    By Bob Weesely

    Water supply is certainly the primary obstacle to Las Vegas’ economic growth and economic health.

    The Las Vegas Community Water Board, an all-volunteer organization, has been closely tracking the city’s water operations. In light of the political rhetoric over the past several weeks, we decided to report the facts about the city’s water behavior, as we see them.  

    In this two-part Optic series, we’ll describe the city actions to-date, and indicate what good each of the nearly two dozen actions will do.

  • Heavy metal art exhibit surely ‘rocks’

    By Linda Wooten-Green
    Submitted to the Optic

    Heavy Metal: Does this sound like a headliner rock band to you? No, it’s not a rock band, but well describes the March/ April exhibit at the Las Vegas Arts Council (Gallery 140) featuring artists out of New Mexico Highlands University’s foundry.

    The exhibit will be on display from March 5 to April 29. The gallery is open, usually, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. An artist reception is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at the Las Vegas Arts Council.