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  • Weather - Oct. 2, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 48. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45. Breezy.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 2, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Little Leaf that Wouldn’t Fall by Nadine Brun-Cosme and Olivier Tallec. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Winning swine
  • Plein Air Program starts Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    For the second year, the Las Vegas Plein Air Club will be hosting its annual Las Vegas Plein Air Paint Out.

    Rooted in 19th century Impressionist’s fascination with light and landscape, “En plein air” or “in the open air” refers to the practice of painting and sketching outdoors.

  • Shame on Congress

    Here we are at the start of another federal fiscal year and still no budget.

    For about 800,000 federal workers deemed “non-essential” that means forced furloughs. For members of the public it means closures of national parks and monuments and other federal agencies, and fears that an already weak economy will get even weaker.

    Worse yet, it’s a sign that our elected officials in Washington may just be irresponsible enough to refuse to raise the debt ceiling, a move that would force our nation to default on its financial obligations.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 2, 2013
  • Work of Art — ‘You’re a heretic’

    For years I’ve read about the old school marms, usually found in Dickensian novels, whose only way of passing on erudition is by ridicule.

    But it goes beyond what we read in Victorian novels; for some, it was a daily experience.

    Was I always a skeptic, or at least an inveterate questioner? In exasperation, Mom once announced to the family that the first word I ever spoke was “why?”

  • MMS runners finish on a high note

    For the second time in as many years, Memorial Middle School’s Makayla Quintana has raced to an individual championship in the Meadow City Cross Country Invitational.

    Quintana led the MMS girls to a team title Saturday in their final meet of the fall, while Leandro Garduño did the same for the MMS boys. (See Monday’s Optic for related story.)

    Coach Mike Maldonado said his teams finished well to punctuate a productive overall season that included several championship finishes.

  • Home course advantage

    Highlands senior Henrique Chavez trailed South Plains College’s Jose Martinez through the first mile or two of Saturday’s NMHU XC Jam, but the Mora standout was just biding his time, pacing himself for the push to come.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - Oct. 2, 2013

    Wednesday
    Cross country
    • Memorial Middle School, West Las Vegas Middle School at Santa Fe Indian, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    Soccer
    • Robertson boys vs. Questa, 4 p.m.
    Volleyball
    • Valley Middle School vs. Memorial, 4 p.m., Valley

    Thursday
    Soccer
    • Robertson girls at Taos, 4 p.m., Taos
    Volleyball
    • Pecos (A,B) at Santa Fe Prep, 4:30 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., WLV

    Friday
    Football