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Today's News

  • State moves ahead in exchange

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is moving ahead to establish a state-run clearinghouse to help small businesses and tens of thousands of individuals find affordable health insurance they currently lack.

    A fight over the exchange, however, could break out in next year’s Legislature.

  • In Brief - News - Nov. 16, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Coin flip could settle tied race
    LAS CRUCES — A tie in a race for a New Mexico House of Representatives seat could end up being broken by a coin flip or other game of chance.
    The race between Democrat Joanne Ferrary and incumbent Republican Terry McMillan for the 37th District seat ended with an even split of more than 12,000 votes.
    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that if a recount leaves the race still even New Mexico law requires a game of chance be used as a tie-breaker.

  • Native retires after 26 years of service in the Air Force

    Submitted to the Optic

    Air Force Col. Joseph L. Torres, Jr. has retired from the U.S. Air Force.  Torres is the Chief of Logistics Readiness Division, Headquarters, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.  The Colonel has served in the military for 26 years.  

    He is the son of Joseph L. Torres, Sr. and Priscilla C. Torres of Coronado Drive in Las Vegas.  

    His wife, Angelina, is the daughter of Frances and Jose F. Esquibel also of Commerce Street. They have two children, Rachel and Andrea.   

  • HU Madrigal Choir presents Classical Christmas concert

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir will present A Classical Christmas concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 18 at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    The madrigal choir will perform Christmas anthems, oratorios and compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Henry Purcell, Camille Saint-Saëns, Samuel Barber, and John Rutter.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 16, 2012

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Thumbs: Our high country lowdown on the news - Nov. 16, 2012

    THUMBS UP! INTERNATIONAL DISPLAY. United World College isn’t the only place where you can find international diversity in the Las Vegas area. Take a look at Highlands University and last week’s Gathering of Nationalities event and you’ll see plenty of it.
    What a tremendous advantage our community has, to be able to count among us so many people from so many nations and cultures. Such diversity is an advantage — and something well worth celebrating.

  • Nuestra Historia - The best laid plans of mice and men ...

    When the territorial legislature yanked the Las Vegas Land Grant from the Hispanic community in 1903, and placed it under the control of Judge William J. Mills, he immediately appointed an Anglo-dominated board of trustees to oversee the immense land grant.
    Headed by banker Jefferson Raynolds and former New Mexico chief justice Elisha V. Long, the “trustees” quickly decided the grant should be developed in earnest — to attract both outside investment and settlement.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Nov. 16, 2012
  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 16, 2012

    Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald on U.S. Post Office cutbacks (Nov. 10) — Severely cutting the retail window hours of 13,000 of the least-used post offices is a way for the U.S. Postal Service to address its serious funding shortage. But many Americans no doubt see it as the lesser of two evils.

    The greater evil, at least to many of the rural and small-town residents who depend on those little outposts of mail and sociability, would be to shut them down completely.

  • Highlands’ Samano in national meet

    NMHU and Optic reports

    Ismael Samano’s teammates may be taking some much-needed rest and relaxation after a grueling summer and fall of distance running.

    Samano himself has one race left before he can put his cleats away for the season.

    The New Mexico Highlands University standout qualified for this weekend’s NCAA Division II national cross country championships by finishing 18th in the South Central Regional meet on Nov. 3 in Denver.

    The national meet is scheduled for Saturday morning in Joplin, Mo.