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Today's News

  • In Brief - Local - Jan. 25, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Missing driver found by deputy

    A search for a man who apparently became disoriented and disappeared after he rolled his vehicle on Sunday ended happily when he was found by a Mora County sheriff’s deputy on Wednesday morning.
    Sheriff Thomas Garza said state police handled the initial call about the rollover that occurred on N.M. 518 at about mile marker 26 or 27.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 25, 2013

    In 1963

    Wednesday, Jan. 23 — When the North team assembles this August to play against the South in the annual football game at Lobos’ stadium in Albuquerque, Las Vegas will be represented by two boys who have been standouts in the life of their schools for several years. Eddie Valdez has been selected for the team as guard, a position he held down on the West Las Vegas Dons for the past three years. Mark Johnson took the helm as quarterback on the Robertson Cardinal football team in his sophomore year.

  • Annual Literacy Fair Sat.

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the Las Vegas Arts Council, will be hosting the fifth annual Literacy Fair from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 25, 2013

    SATURDAY
    SÁBADO
    • Looking for Young Country Singers Competition will be held at 4 p.m. on Jan. 26 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Winner will open for the “Matt Mason” concert on Feb. 16. For competition rules and for more information, call 454-3238.
    • Fifth Annual Literacy Fair, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 26 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All are welcome and invited to help promote reading for all ages by dressing as a character from myths, stories, or legends. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 25, 2013

    Literacy Fair is this weekend

    The fifth annual Literacy Fair will take place from 1 to 3:30 p.m. this Saturday at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. All are welcome and invited to help promote reading for all ages by dressing up as a character from myths, stories or legends. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Weather - Jan. 25, 2013

    Friday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. A slight chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 36. Southwest wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Saturday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 15-20 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

    Sunday

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Jan. 25, 2013

    THUMBS DOWN! ANOTHER WAKE-UP CALL. It’s been said before that it’s not a matter of “if” but “when” a catastrophic wildfire will hit the Gallinas Canyon and watershed. But in a presentation to the Gallinas Partnership last week, U.S. Forest Service fire specialist Bill Armstrong minced no words as he reinforced that warning. “Your watershed is going to burn, categorically, without question,” he told a gathering of about 50 people.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Jan. 25, 2013
  • Nuestra Historia - The Gazette and other early newspapers

    We now continue our series about Las Vegas newspapers, as our tale of two cities would be lacking without the history of the fourth estate along the Gallinas.

    Newspapers often provide a candid glimpse into the social, cultural and political events of the past — and often influence them — and newspapers also write the first draft of history, as Optic publisher Tom McDonald has observed.

  • Editorial Roundup, Newspaper opinions from around the nation - Jan. 25, 2013

    Los Angeles Times on the 40th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade (Jan. 22) —  Forty years ago Jan. 22, the Supreme Court ruled that women had a constitutional right to an abortion. This one sweeping decision transformed abortion from what was often a secret, illicit and dangerous act, sometimes crudely self-inflicted, into a generally legal and safe procedure. But it also turned abortion, always an emotional issue, into one of society’s most divisive.