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Today's News

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, May 31 — It will be back to the penitentiary for Jack Padgett, Paul Owen and John Hart, three convicts who escaped from the road gang at Tecolote last Wednesday night. The men were located yesterday near Agua Zarca and were arrested by deputies from the office of Sheriff Secundino Romero. The men had been enjoying liberty for nearly a week. They were unable, however, to make their way out of New Mexico. All three convicts were in for short terms, which they had reduced somewhat by good behavior.

  • Looking Ahead

    Farmers Market open Wednesday

    The Tri-County Farmers Market is open from 7 a.m. until sellout on Wednesdays at Sixth Street and University. The market will open on both Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • Weather - May 30, 2011

    Monday
    Areas of blowing dust. Sunny, with a high near 75. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 50 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming south. A 30 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    The wildfire in southwest New Mexico now is 70 percent contained after charring almost 88,000 acres, according to The Associated Press. The U.S. Forest Service said Saturday that the Miller fire 25 miles north of Silver City is at 87,878 acres. Rugged terrain continues to be a challenge for the nearly 490 firefighters battling the human-caused blaze that began April 28.

  • Que Pasa - May 30, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Optic office will be closed on Monday, May 30 in observance of Memorial Day. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, May 31.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING EL PORVENIR
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 1 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Robertson High grads
  • Lost heroes

    We’ll call him our lost hero. He served in Korea, though it could have been any of America’s wars. Early on, he was captured and taken prisoner, and he spent the duration of the war in a POW camp.

    Later he received an honorable discharge from the military, but he never seemed too far removed from those three years he spent in that prison camp.

  • Editorial Cartoon - May 30, 2011
  • Publisher's Note: Board must prove itself

    When it comes to politics in Las Vegas, the public is always suspicious. A lot of people distrust their elected officials, and they are often justified in their reasons.

    Las Vegas’ history is rife with shady dealmaking,  and often the result has been an accumulation of wealth and power into the hands of a few, while the “rank and file” are left wondering what happened.

  • Grant leaps to a national title

    For the first time in school history, a female athlete from New Mexico Highlands University is a national champion.

    Jillisa Grant earned that distinction by winning the long jump late Thursday in the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a meet being hosted by Cal State-Stanislaus in Turlock, Calif.

    Highlands scored team points in several other events and wound up tied for 13th in the women’s team standings. There were more than 60 schools represented in the meet.