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Today's News

  • In Brief - News - Oct. 15, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Court takes on voting case
    SANTA FE  — The state Supreme Court wants more information about a lawsuit seeking to restore a straight party ticket voting option.
    The court on Friday ordered the secretary of state to submit a written response to the lawsuit, which was filed Thursday by the state Democratic Party.

  • Skydiver lands safely after 24-mile leap

    By Juan Carlos Llorca
    The Associated Press
    ROSWELL — Extreme athlete Felix Baumgartner landed safely on Earth after a 24-mile jump from the stratosphere in a dramatic, daring feat that may also have marked the world’s first supersonic skydive.
    Baumgartner came down in the eastern New Mexico desert minutes after jumping from his capsule 28,000 feet, or 24 miles, above Earth. He lifted his arms in victory shortly after landing, sending off loud cheers from onlookers and friends inside the mission’s control center in Roswell.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 15, 2012

    In 1962
    Tuesday, Oct. 16 — Laudente T. Quintana has been appointed to serve as Postmaster at Wagon Mound and has received his commission certifying his appointment, signed by President Kennedy and Postmaster Day, has been delivered to him after confirmation of his appointment by Congres. Quintana has been serving as postmaster’s clerk for several months with Mrs. Gus Lopez acting postmaster.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 15, 2012

    Alta Vista hosting open house

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is hosting a free Healthy Woman “Open House & Doc Talk,” beginning at noon on Friday at the Rio Vista OB-GYN clinic reception area, 108 Legion Drive, Suite D. Dr. Chawki Nahabet, obstetrician and gynecologist will present on “Understanding Breast Cancer Risks & Treatments.” Free.

  • Weather - Oct. 15, 2012

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 73. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon.  Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 71. Mostly clear at mogjt, with a low around 34.
     

  • Ortega appointed to position at Florida property company

    Submitted ot the Optic
    Ben Ortega, son of Ben and Bernice Ortega of Rociada, has been appointed to senior vice president and Lead Project Manager of Development at Penn-Florida Companies.
    His real estate development career spans nearly 30 years, and he is an expert in managing class “A” multifamily projects from the initial planning stage to final product delivery.  

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 15, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Public hearing regarding fracking in San Miguel County, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15 at the NMHU Student Center.

    TUESDAY MARTES

  • Noticias - Oct. 15, 2012

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

  • Missile crisis beliefs endure after 50 years

    The Associated Press
    HAVANA — The world stood at the brink of Armageddon for 13 days in October 1962 when President John F. Kennedy drew a symbolic line in the Atlantic and warned of dire consequences if Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dared to cross it.
    An American U-2 spy plane flying over Cuba had snapped aerial photographs of Soviet ballistic missile sites that could launch nuclear warheads with little warning at the U.S., just 90 miles away. It was the height of the Cold War, and many people feared nuclear war would annihilate human civilization.

  • Protecting our water

    We’re convinced that hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, just isn’t feasible in San Miguel County. Water is a major component to this method of oil-and-gas drilling, and some undisclosed chemicals get mixed in to contaminate the water, so it ruins this most valuable of natural resources. For that reason alone, we can’t imagine the county commissioners passing a toothless ordinance to regulate this method of extraction, and we expect that they won’t.