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Today's News

  • Weather - July 22, 2013

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Interior secretary promotes wildfire prevention

    By Catherine Tsai
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Federal and local agencies will try to speed up efforts to thin vegetation that could fuel catastrophic wildfires which threaten water supplies and hydroelectric facilities, federal officials said Friday.

  • Garcia finishes seventh in national competition

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College’s Monica Garcia finished seventh at the SkillsUSA National Competition in Kansas City in late June. Garcia competed in the dental assisting category.

    “I was pretty satisfied with seventh place,” said Garcia. “I was very happy to represent New Mexico. It was a huge accomplishment for me. I got to meet other dental assistants from across the nation. They were all really nice.”
    Garcia finished first at the state SkillsUSA Competition in April.

  • Santa Fe Opera to present symposium on Oscar Wilde

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Santa Fe Opera will present a four-day symposium on Oscar Wilde in conjunction with the world premiere of Theodore Morrison’s opera Oscar.

    The symposium begins on Thursday with a keynote address by Merlin Holland, author and only grandchild of Wilde. The keynote address takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Santa Fe Woman’s Club, 1616 Old Pecos Trail in Santa Fe.

  • Que Pasa - July 22, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Backyard Adventures, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. from July 22 to July 26, at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall on the Plaza. Price is $50 per child and includes two field trips to National Refuges. Backyard adventures is for children between the ages of 8 to 12. Registration is open at the City Museum and refuge. For more information, contact Kristin Hsueh at 426-3204 or khsueh@desertgate.com. The event is sponsored by the City of Las Vegas Museum in partnership with the Denver Zoo Rio More Program and the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

  • Wasteful spending

    A report issued last week by Legislative Finance Committee auditors raises troubling questions about the state’s capital outlay process.

    The bottom line: The state spent about $600,000 to renovate and preserve an abandoned school house in Ribera in San Miguel County and then turned around and sold the unfinished building for $39,000 to the non-profit group that donated it in the first place.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 22, 2013
  • Another Perspective - A revolution of the spirit

    By Lora Lucero

    A global revolution is stirring. I’m not referring to the Occupy Movement, Tahrir Square in Cairo, Taksim Square in Istanbul, the 350.org climate actions or any of the other engaged and enraged protests. Although each is very important and connected, I’m talking about a revolution of the spirit.   

  • Robbers reign in North

    Around 8 o’clock Friday night, rain soaked the Las Vegas Train Robbers and their guests.

    Around 9 o’clock, it was celebratory champagne that rained down.

    The first-year Pecos League baseball team came one step closer to realizing its season-long dream, outlasting Raton 8-6 at Rodriguez Park to clinch first place in the North Division.

    Adam Kam and Will Walsh connected on three hits apiece, and Dillon Usiak tallied a team-high three runs batted in.

  • Firing ‘em up in Farmington

    Las Vegas Kryptonite is back in the American Amateur Baseball Congress Sandy Koufax South Plains Regional Tournament, and this year, it was just a five-hour drive away.

    The tourney is in Farmington.

    The Kryptonite kicked off its participation early, with Brian Gonzales demonstrating his power hitting by winning the event’s home run derby. Gonzales won the derby by hitting eight home runs in the first round and then seven more to take the title in the finals.