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  • Looking ahead - News - Dec. 4, 2013

    Code Talker to be in Vegas Saturday
    Chester Nez, the last of the original 29 Navajo code talkers, will be in Las Vegas at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Plaza Hotel Ballroom. He will answer questions about his experiences in World War II and his role in developing the code that was instrumental in defeating the Japanese in the South Pacific. Judith Avila, co-author of his memoir, will also give a presentation.

  • Weather - Dec. 4, 2013

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 47. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Snow likely at night. Cloudy, with a low around 17. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, becoming southeast after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

    Thursday
    Snow likely. Cloudy, with a high near 17. Southeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. A 40 percent chance of snow at night. Cloudy, with a low around 6.

    Friday

  • Another bizarre twist

    We are troubled by the revelation last week that the state Human Services Department altered a behavioral health audit report to remove a conclusion that auditors found “no credible allegations of fraud” in a review of 15 providers under investigation.

    State Auditor Hector Balderas stumbled onto the alteration recently while comparing the audit report he was given with a heavily redacted audit report released last month by Attorney General Gary King.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 4, 2013
  • Work of Art — What’s your angle?

    Here’s a huge admission: Remember that time an incensed seventh- and eighth-grade homeroom teacher at Immaculate Conception School mockingly said, “One student even gave this answer when I asked you students to draw three kinds of angles.”

    The nun drew a couple of lines, one of them pointing to the left. She waited for classroom reaction, which in seconds produced the desired collective shaking of students’ heads and a whispered, “What a loser!”

  • Broncos coach back to work in Denver

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — Denver Broncos coach John Fox returned to work Monday, four weeks after open-heart surgery, his newfound energy matching his renowned enthusiasm.

  • RMAC hoops schedule to begin

    Las Vegas Optic and NMHU reports

    With competition again expected to be stacked atop the standings of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball divisions, New Mexico Highlands’ teams are hoping to start quietly and finish by making some serious noise.

    The RMAC schedule opens this weekend, with Highlands visiting Colorado Christian on Friday night in Lakewood, Colo.

    The Cowboys and Cowgirls then visit Colorado School of Mines on Saturday in Golden.

  • Highlands athletes honored for academics

    It was a winning season on the pitch and in the classroom for New Mexico Highlands women’s soccer this past fall.

    The National Soccer Coaches Association of America on Nov. 21 announced NMHU as one of the national honorees of the 2012-2013 Team Academic Award on Nov. 21.  

    To qualify for the award, teams must have a 3.0 grade point average or higher, the Cowgirls earned a 3.26 GPA. This is the fourth straight year that the team has finished with above a 3.0 team GPA.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Dec. 4

    Wednesday
    Wrestling
    • West Las Vegas Middle School hosts WLV Jamboree (includes WLVMS, MMS, others), 3 p.m.

    Thursday
    Basketball
    • RHS Jamboree (featuring Robertson, West Las Vegas B,C boys), TBA
    • Memorial Middle School girls at St. Michael’s, 4 p.m., Santa Fe
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls vs. Pojoaque, 4 p.m., WLV

    Friday
    Basketball
    • NMHU women and men at Colorado Christian, 6 and 8 p.m., Lakewood, Colo.

  • Council OKs polling changes

    Voters casting ballots for the March 4 municipal election will be able to vote at the polling place of their choice after the City Council unanimously approved a switch to convenience centers.