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Today's News

  • Alta Vista hospital gets new CEO

    A native New Mexican with more than 30 years’ experience managing complex healthcare organizations has been tapped to be Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer.

    The hospital announced the appointment of Kathleen Cahill to the post in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 4, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 4, 2013

    Sustainable Homes Tour is Saturday
    The fifth annual Sustainable Homes Tour in Las Vegas will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. A self-guided tour highlights such things as a passive solar residence and ; photovoltaic arrays. The tour begins at the Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St. For more information, contact Emelie Olson at 454-3920 or eolson@desergate.com

  • Weather - Feb. 4, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 5:32 p.m.

  • Visual and performing arts wearable arts show Sat.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the second annual Wearable Arts Show on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the university’s Student Center Ballroom, 903 Baca Ave.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 4, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 6 in the children’s area of the pubic library. Free and open to the public.
    • Seventeenth Annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, Hillcrest Restaurant Flamingo Room. Tickets are $8 per adult and $5 kids, 10 and younger. Proceeds used to support local youth programs. For more information, call 505-718-6655.

  • Noticias - Feb. 4, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

  • Mora board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Mora Independent School Board of Education. Election Day is Tuesday.

    Position 1

    Victoria “Vicky” Lovato
    (Resident of Holman; a life time resident of Mora County)

  • Education chief OKs online school despite opposition

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education chief Hanna Skandera overruled the state Public Education Commission this week, and will allow a new all-online charter school to open in the fall.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports  that the school will be called New Mexico Connections Academy and will contract with the online, for-profit curriculum company Connections Academy. The school aims to serve students in grades K-12 from around the state.

  • The school elections

    Tuesday’s a big day for area schools. It’s election day. At stake is who will lead the districts in Las Vegas, Mora, Pecos and elsewhere into the future.

    At this juncture, we have two hopes: One is that you’ll take the time, if you haven’t already, to cast your ballot. The other is that the Optic, through its reporting, has helped to inform and prepare you to make the most responsible decisions regarding the contested races for school board positions and bond requests that the districts are placing before you.