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Today's News

  • FYI - News

    A researcher working at the Jornada Experimental Range in southern New Mexico has been awarded $400,000 for her part in a large study on summer rainfall patterns, according to The Associated Press. The study will look at how changes in the amount and timing of monsoons are likely to affect vegetation and fire frequency in the Southwest.

  • Fundraiser benefits opportunities for women

    Submitted to the Optic

    Chapter H is one of two P.E.O. chapters in Las Vegas, and among 71 chapters in New Mexico. P.E.O. is a philanthropic organization where women celebrate the advancement of women; educate women through scholarships, grants, awards, loans, and stewardship of Cottey College; and motivate women to achieve their highest aspirations.

    In support of these projects Chapter H is sponsoring the Great Garage Sale of 2011 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the First Baptist Church at 201 Mountain View Drive.

  • Que Pasa - Sept. 28, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Berenstain Bears Hug and Make Up” by Stan and Jan Berenstain” and the theme is “Happy Birthday, Mr. Stanley” All programs are free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY JUEVES

  • Career fair
  • Monument reopens archaelogical sites

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    FRIJOLES CANYON — The prehistoric Native American archaeological sites that fill the heart of northern New Mexico’s Bandelier National Monument have reopened to visitors, three months after the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history sent employees scrambling to save rare artifacts and irreplaceable artwork.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 28, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Feds pick up 140 warrant arrests in NM
    ALBUQUERQUE — A coordinated effort between 33 county police officials and U.S. Marshalls has led to the arrest of more than 140 convicted criminals across New Mexico.

    KOB-TV reports that the arrests came thanks to a three-month long investigation called Operation Zia aimed at catching criminals on the run.

    Police arrested men and women with felony convictions like sexual offenses and violent crimes.

  • Tackling bullying

    A recent Associated Press/MTV poll of youth in their teens and early 20s found that most of them — 56 percent — have been the target of some type of online taunting, harassment or bullying. Moreover, according to bullyingstatistics.org, last year about 160,000 children a day missed school out of fear of being bullied. And for many of them, when they weren’t being physically picked on at or near school, they were having to endure cyberbullying — something that can haunt a child day and night, and it’s on the rise.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 28, 2011
  • Work of Art; They’ve already left Yanostan

    Possibly the most confusing and complicated verb form in the English language is, paradoxically, also about the shortest: to be.

    In many languages — not just in English — the different forms of the word seem to defy logic. You start with “be,” but you can’t change the tense of it by saying or writing “beed”; no, instead many forms of the word branch out: am, was, were, been, being. To most English speakers, the various permutations come naturally, but in other languages, such as Spanish, the issue seems much more difficult.

  • AP news analysis: Redistricting replays 2001 battle

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic divisions in the House doomed the Legislature’s chance to approve a plan that would revamp the boundaries of New Mexico’s congressional districts.

    The Legislature ended a special session this weekend without the House and Senate agreeing on a congressional redistricting plan. But in the end, it may not matter.

    A court almost certainly will determine the makeup of the three congressional districts. That’s what happened a decade ago.