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Today's News

  • Audit criticizes sale of old Ribera school

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Legislative auditors criticized the state on Monday for spending nearly $600,000 to renovate an abandoned school house in northern New Mexico and later selling the still unfinished building for $39,000 to a non-profit group that originally donated it.

    The project began when Democrat Bill Richardson was governor, but Republican Gov. Susan Martinez’s administration last year approved the sale of the old school in the community of Ribera in San Miguel County.

  • Looking Back - July 17, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 17, 2013

    Glimpses of the Past
    A presentation titled “The Santa Fe Ring: Gilded Age Politics in Old New Mexico,” will take place at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge Street. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025, or visit www.nps.gov/foun.
     

  • Weather - July 17, 2013

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. Southeast wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly before midnight. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 53. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Thursday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. South wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    Friday

  • FYI - July 17, 2013

    Flash flooding and mudslides have shut down a portion of State Road 63 in Pecos, according to The Associated Press. New Mexico State Police say the closure is from mile post 15 northbound. They say the flash flooding and mudslides are presenting dangerous driving conditions for motorists and residents. State police said Monday that the affected portion of State Road 63 will remain closed until further notice.

  • CASA program receives grant from foundation

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Children’s Foundation (NMCF) recently awarded the Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program $3,000 for the recruitment, retention, and training of CASA volunteers. This is the third consecutive year that the foundation awarded money to the CASA program in the Fourth Judicial District.

    The CASA program provides court advocacy services to children who are living in foster care because of abuse or neglect.

  • Que Pasa - July 17, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed from Wednesday, July 17 through July 19, court will reopen Monday, July 22. Court staff will be attending a judicial conference. If you have any questions, contact municipal court at 425-9403.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Right call by East board

    Congratulations to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education for its courageous decision to revert back to a five-day school week when classes begin in August.

    We had serious concerns about the four-day week from the beginning. Chief among them was our feeling that it’s just not possible to cram five days of instruction into a four-day week, no matter how dedicated teachers and students are.

    The teachers we have spoken with echoed that concern.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 17, 2013
  • Work of Art — Zip-adee-do, Dad!

    “Nice going, Hemingway!” I thought to myself as this 230-pound body, tethered to a harness, sped down a slope called Inspiration Point, near Branson, Mo.

    Imagine a 75-year-old man fantasizing about running with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain, a subject Ernest Hemingway wrote about, or in the style of George Plimpton, imagining that an average writer would play quarterback for the Detroit Lions, the inspiration for “Paper Lion,” a book and movie about such an accomplishment.