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Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - Nov. 30, 2011

    Annual Luna luminaria tour Saturday

    Continuing more than a decade-long tradition, Luna Community College will host “La Noche de las Luminarias” from 6 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Motorists will be able to tour the campus with a predetermined route beginning at the top gates. The event is free; however, non-perishable food items will be accepted for the needy.

  • Weather - Nov. 30, 2011

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26. North wind around 10 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 37. Northeast wind 10- 20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.  

    Friday

  • Correction - News - Nov. 20, 2011

    In its recent special section, Tradiciones, the Optic failed to credit Melissa Greene as the photographer for the cover shot of Plaza Park after a snowfall.

  • 25th Anniversary
  • Records workshop next week

    New Mexico Highlands University presents “Preserving Your Historical Records: An Archival Holdings Maintenance Workshop”from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

    The university’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and Donnelly Library are sponsoring the workshop.

    Participants will learn the basics of how to care for and store historical records.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 30, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 30, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dora and The Unicorn King” by Ellie Seiss and the character theme is “Dora the Explorer” The theme for the month is “Popular Characters.” All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Heroes of adoption

    As November comes to a conclusion, so goes National Adoption Month, a time to highlight the need for children and youth in foster care to find permanent homes with loving adults. According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, there are 107,000 young people in the U.S. waiting for such a home. A couple of weeks ago, however, there were six fewer kids in the system — thanks to the actions of a single man, an attorney in Farmington.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Nov. 30, 2011
  • Work of Art: ‘Your slip is showing’

    For years, Readers Digest carried a feature called “Pardon, Your Slip is Showing,” highlighting journalistic “slips” that appeared in the American press.

    When Las Vegas attempted a commercial airline and offered rides to families at a penny a pound, there were quite a few takers. But as interest dropped off, apparently the airline sponsored a promotion, which provided breakfast before each flight.

  • Cowboys chosen sixth; Harge has 60-29 record in three-plus seasons

    Joe Harge has done nothing but win since taking the helm of New Mexico Highlands University men’s basketball in 2008, and he’s looking to keep that going in 2011-12.

    His Cowboys went 19-8 overall and 15-7 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference last season, just missing a third consecutive 20-win mark. Harge inherited a program that had gone 1-25 in 2007-08, overhauled the roster and led Highlands to 20-8, 20-11 and 19-8 records over the last three seasons.