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Today's News

  • Weekend yields little on shutdown

    By Charles Babington and Stephen Ohlemacher
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday he sees no way out of the government shutdown unless President Barack Obama is willing to engage in negotiations with Republicans.

  • 10 new cases of West Nile virus

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials say 10 new cases of West Nile virus have been reported in New Mexico.
    That brings the statewide total to 20 cases so far this year with two deaths.

    The New Mexico Department of Health says August and September are peak times for West Nile cases although infectious mosquitoes can be present until the first hard frost.

    Of the 10 new cases, two each are in Bernalillo, Roosevelt, San Juan and Lea counties. The other two are in Curry and Quay counties.

  • Lining up for vaccinations - Flu shots to be given again Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host its latest flu shot clinic on Thursday, October 10, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. The immunization clinic is open to the public and free of charge.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 7, 2013

    In 1963
    Thursday, Oct. 3 — Gov. Jack M. Campbell delivered a hard-hitting address in a jam-packed hall full of Democratic party members in San Miguel County, state and county Democratic office holders and Congressman Joseph M. Montoya. The affair was a dinner arranged by the San Miguel County Democratic central committee under the vigorous ramrodding of county chairman Apolonio Duran. Originally planned for 400 persons, Duran was pleased, but also embarrassed when more than 500 people crowded into Highlands Hall on the university campus.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 7, 2013

    Lecture on Crypto Jews set for Wednesday

    The Crypto Jews of New Mexico, a lecture by Prof. Charles Truxillo, 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at the Lora Shields Science Building on the Highlands campus. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Oct. 7, 2013

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the morning. Clear at night, with a low around 46. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 74. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 47. Breezy.

    Thursday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:01 a.m. to 6:36 p.m.

  • Enchilada time - Dinner raises money for Mustard Seed grants

    Submitted to the Optic

    If it’s October, it’s time for the annual enchilada dinner to support Mustard Seed grants in the community. This is the fifteenth year for the dinner, which has raised nearly $125,000 for nonprofit organizations in the Las Vegas Area.

    Dinner will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the Flamingo Room of the Hillcrest Restaurant. Service will be provided by members of the First Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas, which sponsors the yearly event.  

  • Ilfeld benefit ‘Politics as Unusual’ show Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents local elected officials in the “Politics as Unusual” variety show to benefit the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12 at Ilfeld.

    Ilfeld Auditorium, which celebrates its 90th birthday this year, is at 900 University Ave. Tickets for “Politics as Unusual” are $10.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 7, 2013

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • The Crypto Jews of New Mexico, a lecture by Charles Truxillo, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at the Lora Shields Science building on the campus of Highlands University. Free and open to the public.
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Go to Bed, Monster!” by Natasha Wing. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Editorial Cartoon - Oct. 7, 2013