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Today's News

  • City hopes to reopen skating pond

    The Montezuma Skating Pond will soon be resurrected if City Councilor Joey Herrera has his way

    The picturesque skating pond was a popular attraction for area residents, and its proponents say it also helped stimulate the economy for years by drawing out-of-town visitors. But it has been more than two decades since the skating pond has been in use.

  • Regents OK oil and gas degrees

    New Mexico Highlands University regents approved a proposal last week to begin offering business degrees with a focus on oil and gas management.

    The university’s School of Business, Media and Technology proposed the new degrees, a master of business administration and bachelor of business administration in oil and gas management.

  • 7 in 10 NM births paid for by Medicaid

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE  — Seven in 10 births in New Mexico are paid for by Medicaid, according to a recent state analysis.

    The study by the state Legislative Finance Committee showed 71 percent of the nearly 27,800 babies born in the state during 2010 were paid for by the state and federally funded health insurance program for the poor, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 30, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Jan. 30 — Hope was high today that all six crewmen had survived the crash of a B-52 Strategic Air Command bomber early today in the mountainous semi-wilderness country between Chacon and Guadalupita. Two survivors had reached Mora by noon today and two others were seen from the air by a pilot of a U.S. Air Force T23jet trainer this morning. The jet bomber was based at Walker Air Force Base at Roswell and was on a “round robin” flight from Walker.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 30, 2013

    East School Board forum is tonight

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) in the City Hall council chamber. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 30, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. Wind chill values as low as -2. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 21. Northwest wind 15-20 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 52. Northwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 23.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 49.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:02 a.m. to 5:27 p.m.

  • Salazar fields questions about social promotion, school grades

    Editor’s note: The Optic inadvertently left out Las Vegas City Schools board candidate Ernesto Salazar’s responses to the final two questions on the questionnaires that ran Friday. Below are his responses to those questions.

    4. Should the state eliminate social promotion, the practice of passing a student to the next grade level even though their test scores indicate that they are not ready?

  • Earth Chronicles Project features NM artists

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico art exhibit in Burris Hall Gallery with an artist reception at 5 p.m. this Thursday. The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Following the reception, a documentary that features the New Mexico artists in the exhibit will be shown at 7 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 30, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 30 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Substitute Groundhog“ by Pat Miller. Free and open to the public.
    • Las Vegas City Schools board election forum, 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the city of Las Vegas Council Chambers. The election takes place Feb. 5. For more information, contact Charlene Jiron at 454-5702.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Tale of two presidents

    Last week, two presidential contracts were approved by the governing bodies of Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University. Luna President Pete Campos got a one-year extension to his contract and Highlands President Jim Fries has three more years. Campos is good through June 2014 and Fries through June 2016.

    It’s no surprise there were stark differences between the public discussions about and the decisions made regarding each of their contracts. Campos and Fries are very different people, as are their bosses’ politics.