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Today's News

  • Pecos area prepares for flooding

    The Associated Press

    PECOS — Forecasters are calling for more thunderstorms to settle in over the burned mountainsides of New Mexico, prompting some communities to brace for flash flooding.

    The chance of storms dumping more moisture on the areas left bare by a series of recent wildfires is better than 60 percent. This risk is highest today, according to the National Weather Service in Albuquerque.

  • Mixed results for area schools

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    About 70 percent of New Mexico’s public schools improved or maintained their letter grade that rates their performance this year, and more than a third received an A or B, state officials announced Thursday.

  • Looking Back - July 15, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 15, 2013

    Municipal Court closed Wednesday-Friday
    Las Vegas Municipal Court will be closed from Wednesday through Friday so that court staff can attend a judicial conference. Court will reopen Monday, July 22.

  • Weather - July 15, 2013

    Monday
    Showers and thunderstorms likely. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Cloudy, with a high near 69. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Cloudy, with a low around 50. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Geology grad accepted into Michigan Tech program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University geology graduate, Marine Foucher, is headed for a geophysics doctoral program at Michigan Technological Institute.

    The 24-year-old native of Lisieux, France graduated in May 2012 with a master’s degree in geology and a 3.9 GPA.

  • Que Pasa - July 15, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees special meeting, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on Monday, July 15, at New Mexico Highlands University Teacher Education Center room 204. AARP-NM will present important information on potential changes to Social Security and Medicare. After the presentation, LVAAER will select its delegates to the 2013 NMAER State Convention. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Dysfunction at Luna

    Just when you think things can’t get any worse at Luna Community College they do.

    Key employees are fleeing. The president is being forced to get permission for the most basic of decisions, such as posting a job description for a position that is already budgeted or hiring a janitor who received the highest ranking from a committee. And some board members seem more intent on twisting facts, creating chaos and rigging the system to benefit themselves and their family members than on doing what’s best for the institution and its students.

  • Another Perspective - The right to ban fracking

    Splashed across the front pages of the Optic several weeks ago, Danelle Smith’s legal opinion on the constitutionality of the Las Vegas anti-fracking ordinance has certainly drawn some attention.

    But what Smith’s opinion doesn’t mention is even more important than what it does.

    Indeed, you could look through it for hours — days even ­— and you’d fail to find an answer to the one basic legal question that Smith specifically avoided.

  • Star turn - Roybal, Branch guide North basketball teams to stirring victories; South pulls out late win in football classic

    Another year of North-South basketball and football is in the books, and this year, things held to form as the North swept to twin victories on the hardwood before the South took care of business on the gridiron.

    NORTH GIRLS 105, SOUTH 42

    As she returned to the floor of the Wilson Complex — her home for years as head coach of the New Mexico Highlands Cowgirls — Cindy Roybal had some old friends nearby to support her in what could’ve been the final game of an illustrious career.