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Today's News

  • Weather - Oct. 21, 2013

    Monday
    A 10 percent chance of showers before noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. South wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 38.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 60. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:13 a.m. to 6:17 p.m.

  • Researchers issue dire forecast for forests

    By Staci Matlock
    The New Mexican

    SANTA FE — While Congress dithers over budgets and battles over climate policy, scientists and others are urging state and local governments to take action as climate change affects water, agriculture, forests and businesses like ski resorts dependent on snow.

  • Que Pasa - Oct. 21, 2013

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Elections for Las Vegas Little League and La Plaza Little League, 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 22 at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Trick or Treat, Danny!” by Edith Kunhardt. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Noticias - Oct. 21, 2013

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • The San Miguel Unit of the American Red Cross helps i with any natural disaster and house fires. Persons interested in becoming a member are asked to contact Contact Connie Chavez at 425-6224. Meetings are held every third Thursday at 6 p.m. in Faith Hall.

  • Editorial Cartoons - Oct. 20, 2013
  • Subpoena goes too far

    An attorney representing the state Department of Health is attempting to get her hands on a Santa Fe Reporter staff writer’s notes.

    Attorney Jennifer Hall served a subpoena on staff writer Joey Peters earlier this month. The subpoena demands that Peters turn over all notes documenting communications between Peters and Bob Ortiz, a former Department of Health employee who is now suing the state for alleged violations of the Whistleblower Protection Act. It also seeks all communications between the two individuals.

  • Another Perspective — Native amphibians in trouble

    By Eric Martin

    Las Vegas Optic

    The USGS Amphibian Research and Monitoring Initiative released a study this summer that states amphibian populations in the U.S. are declining at a rate of 3.7 percent  a year from the habitats they currently occupy. According to amphibianark.org, 165 is the “estimated number of amphibian species believed to have already gone extinct” and 500 is “the estimated number of amphibian species whose threats cannot be mitigated quickly enough to stave off extinction.”

  • Purple pride (and pain)

    Penalties again stung the  New Mexico Highlands University football team, this time playing a role in a 24-20 loss to Adams State in Saturday night’s homecoming game.

    At 2-5 overall and 1-4 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, the Cowboys’ postseason hopes are dashed, although the team had some clear positives Saturday.

    The Highlands offense generated 439 yards, including 339 through the air, and remains a team strength.

  • Vegas represents in Rio Rancho

    The Rio Rancho Cross Country Jamboree is always a red-letter day on the calendar for area runners.

    It’s a huge race that offers the chance to test yourself against many of the best in the state, regardless of classification.

    And it’s on a course you hope to get back to in November, when the state championships are decided.

  • Cards run past Pojo

    Penalty flags galore were flying across the field Friday night in Jacona.

    That was the bad news for the Robertson Cardinals.

    The good news for them is that Dominic Lucero and James Gonzales were doing plenty of flying across the field themselves.

    The Cardinals’ backfield duo combined for more than 300 rushing yards and seven touchdowns to grab the upper hand in a three-hour-and-change 55-39 shootout with Pojoaque Valley.