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Today's News

  • In Brief - News - August 22, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Lottery nets $41M for students

    ALBUQUERQUE —  — The New Mexico Lottery generated $41 million for college scholarships in the latest fiscal year but revenues continue to slide.

    The lottery’s profits in the 2012 budget year, which ended in June, were roughly the same as the previous year.

    Net ticket sales were $133.8 million, down by 1.3 percent.

  • Looking Back - News - August 22, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Aug. 22 — Several more illegal entries and thefts in City homes were reported to City Police yesterday as they continued their attempts to locate a woman who signed numerous bogus checks in Las Vegas last week, using the name Mrs. Bill Kennedy and JoAnn Day. Other thefts were reported, particularly at homes where the residents were watering their lawns.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 22, 2012

    Music from Angel Fire concert is Friday

    Music from Angel Fire will hold its Las Vegas concert at 7 p.m. Friday at Ilfeld Auditorium. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for patrons 30 and under with a valid I.D. and $10 for students with a valid I.D. Tickets are available at the Media Arts Building across from Ilfeld, Pendaries Village, Plaza Hotel and Semilla Natural Foods. For more information, call 575-377-3233 or 888-377-3300.

  • Weather - August 22, 2012

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

    Thursday

  • Que Pasa - August 22, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Zorro Gets an Outfit” by Carter Goodrich. Free and open to the public.
    • Cineflix at Ilfeld, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Ilfeld Auditorium on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University, showing “Snow White & the Huntsman.” Free and open to he public.

    UPCOMING & ONGOING

  • Drought challenging refuge

    Submitted to the Optic

    The rains of the last two weeks have been a welcome sight for the drought stricken Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge. But even with slightly more than two inches of precipitation recently the refuge is still suffering as the drought marches across the state.

    The refuge has been taking precautions for the past several years as the worst drought in 50 years continues.

  • A wedge issue?

    It’s been mentioned though not emphasized, but a recent West Las Vegas School Board meeting suggests that it’s already creating some friction between the Meadow City’s two school districts. We’re talking about the east side’s new four-day school week, and how it’s going to go over on the west side.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 22, 2012
  • Work of Art - A psshh-ing expedition

    “Let’s go over that again, Phillip, and this time, try to get rid of the excessive tire pressure.”

    That was part of a bit of coaching I once did as a teacher of beginning speech in high school and college. My 33 years of teaching that subject yielded some interesting trivia.

    First, I learned that students in this area have peculiar speech mannerisms. How many times have you heard it said that people in Las Vegas specifically, and northern New Mexico generally, have their own style of talking?

    Let me explain:

  • Unstoppable - Blind swimmer seeks more than gold medals in London’s Paralympic Games

    She may make it to the medal stand in any of the five swimming events she’ll be competing in over the next few weeks at the London Paralympic Games. Then again, she may not.

    But success isn’t measured merely in gold medals for Letticia Martinez.
    Success — as she understands it — is also about making others’ lives better, and if her journey can inspire someone to rise above their own adversity, she will have reason to smile and raise her arm in victory.