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  • Weather - Oct. 7, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the morning. Clear at night, with a low around 46. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:01 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.

  • Enchilada time - Dinner raises money for Mustard Seed grants

    Submitted to the Optic

    If it’s October, it’s time for the annual enchilada dinner to support Mustard Seed grants in the community. This is the fifteenth year for the dinner, which has raised nearly $125,000 for nonprofit organizations in the Las Vegas Area.

    Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. Service will be provided by members of the First Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas, which sponsors the yearly event.  

  • Ilfeld benefit ‘Politics as Unusual’ show Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents local elected officials in the “Politics as Unusual” variety show to benefit the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Ilfeld.

    Ilfeld Auditorium, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, is at 900 University Ave. Tickets for “Politics as Unusual” are $10.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 7, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • The Crypto Jews of New Mexico, a lecture by Charles Truxillo, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Lora Shields Science building on the campus of Highlands University. Free and open to the public.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Go to Bed, Monster!” by Natasha Wing. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 7, 2013
  • Support non-profits

    One of the great things about Las Vegas is the many organizations here that work hard to provide opportunities to area residents and to make our community a better place to live.

    Among those organizations are the First Presbyterian Church Mustard Seed program, Habitat for Humanity and the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation. Each of these groups is currently raising money to further its mission, and each one is worthy of your support.

  • Another Perspective — Affordable health care for all

    If you have ever felt healthcare was beyond your reach, now is your time.

    If it was too expensive or if you had a medical problem that prevented you from getting insurance, now is your time.

    If you lived in fear of losing all you have because of huge medical bills you couldn’t afford, now is your time.

    Because starting now, New Mexicans have the chance to sign up for health-care through the new Health Insurance Exchange.

    What does this mean for you?

  • Second half dooms Dons at Laguna

    David McGee racked up nearly 300 offensive yards Friday night, leading the Laguna Acoma football team (3-3) to a 46-6 rout of visiting West Las Vegas.

    McGee passed the century mark in rushing yardage by halftime, and he didn’t let up after that.

    Ironically, it was the Dons who led the game early. Anthony Medina, taking a toss from Jose Juan Montaño, finished the visitors’ game-opening drive in the end zone. After a two-point conversion try failed, West Las Vegas led 6-0 with 10:47 left in the first quarter.

  • No. 4 Ruidoso doubles up Cards

    Robertson’s last gasp almost took Ruidoso’s breath away on Friday night.

    With 2:31 left and the host Warriors sitting on a cozy 21-point cushion, they coughed up the ball near midfield.
    Jose Estrada came up with the fumble.

  • Lobos run over Aggies 66-17

    Staff and wire reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — Kasey Carrier rushed for three first-quarter touchdowns to lead New Mexico to a 66-17 victory Saturday over rival New Mexico State.

    Five different Lobos scored on the ground while Carlos Wiggins added a touchdown catch and took a kickoff back for another score as New Mexico (2-3) equaled its highest point total in the series with the Aggies (0-6).

    Carrier finished with 126 yards on 14 carries, and Lobos quarterback Cole Gautsche added 127 yards on 12 carries with one touchdown rushing and one passing.