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Today's News

  • Medicare increase dings middle class

    By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Retired city worker Sheila Pugach lives in a modest home on a quiet street in Albuquerque and drives an 18-year-old Subaru.

    Pugach doesn’t see herself as upper-income by any stretch, but President Barack Obama’s budget would raise her Medicare premiums and those of other comfortably retired seniors, adding to a surcharge that already costs some 2 million beneficiaries hundreds of dollars a year each.

  • Ex-judge selected for national post

    A Las Vegas native who served as a judge in both Metropolitan Court and state District Court in Albuquerque before retiring from the bench in 2008 has been named interim director of the National Center for DWI Courts.

    The Alexandria, VA.,-based organization announced the appointment of Judge J. Michael Kavanaugh last week. He succeeds outgoing director David Wallace.

  • In Brief - News - April 15, 2013

    Staff and Wire Reports
     

  • Looking Back - April 15, 2013

    In 1963

    Monday, April 15 — Following a public hearing at which no one from Rowe attended, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners passed a resolution in which “The Board of Commissioners of San Miguel County approve in toto the proposed construction of the highway . . . bypassing the community of Rowe.” The bypassing of that stretch of U.S. 85 was done to accommodate the completion of what is now Interstate 25.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 15, 2013

    What happens after the wildfire?

    A public forum titled What Happens After the Wildfire? is scheduled for 9 a.m. to noon this Friday in room 215 of the Lora Shields Building on the NMHU campus. All are welcome.

  • Weather - April 15, 2013

    Monday
    Areas of blowing dust. Mostly sunny, with a high near 69. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 25-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Windy, with a southwest wind 30-35 mph, decreasing to 20-25 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph.

    Tuesday

  • NMHU music concerts Wednesday and Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Music will present instrumental concerts April 17 and April 19 in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.

    The 7 p.m. Wednesday Original Music Concert showcases students in the university’s new Music Technology Program performing their own compositions.

  • Que Pasa - April 15, 2013

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Tierra y Montes Soil and Water Conservation District monthly board meeting, 9 a.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the U.S. Forest Service Building. For more information, call 425-9088.
    • Wildlife displacement: A case study in Kenya, Africa talk, 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Due to the federal sequester, activities will now be held during the week. For more information, contact Jan Arrott at 454-6115.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES

  • Let’s tidy up Las Vegas

    A touch of irony surfaced during a recent meeting of the Las Vegas City Council, when City Attorney Dave Romero presented a report on run-down properties and other eyesores in the community. The city has ordinances to ensure that people enjoy health, safety and well-being. That includes being free from visual pollution.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 15, 2013