Today's News

  • Looking Ahead - News - Dec. 12, 2012

    Craft fairs set for Saturday
    Robertson track presents a Winter Wonderland, an arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday at Mike Marr Gymnasium on the RHS campus. For more information, call 429-4469. Another arts and crafts fair will be held at the Eagles, 211 S. Grand, from 8 a.m. to noon this Saturday. Call 429-8937 to reserve a booth.

  • Weather - Dec. 12, 2012

    Sunny, with a high near 48. West wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 24. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    A chance of rain and snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 49. Windy. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:01 a.m. to 4:48 p.m.

  • Correction - Dec. 12, 2012

    An article in Monday’s Optic, in reference to Hanukkah and the eight-day Festival of Lights, contained incorrect information. The holiday commemorates the rededication of the second Temple in Jerusalem, not the first, as reported in the article.

  • Parolees’ late releases draw fire

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The state Corrections Department’s new system of bouncing all inmate release documents to a central office for approval often has resulted in late releases for parolees.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that officials said parolees have been walking out of prison about two weeks past their expected release dates since the system changed in early September.

    Those delays have prompted as many as 100 calls a day from inmates’ upset relatives.

  • Registry change may be sought

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King may ask the Legislature to clarify registration requirements for out-of-state sex offenders who move to New Mexico.
    Sex offenders are required to register with law enforcement for certain New Mexico crimes or the equivalents of those crimes in other states.

  • Students of the Month
  • Que Pasa - Dec. 12, 2012

    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “The Animals’ Christmas Surprise” by Marek Mann. Free and open to the public.

    • Robertson Track Presents a Winter Wonderland, an arts and crafts fair, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 at the Mike Marr Gymnasium on the RHS campus. For more information, call 429-4469 to reserve a spot.

  • Campos in the running

    Sen. Pete Campos of Las Vegas had his first real election challenge in some time when, earlier this year, Rep. Thomas Garcia ran against him in the Democratic primary. Campos captured re-election unopposed in November.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Dec. 12, 2012
  • Work of Art - Things smell all right

    A long-held belief — whether it’s based on myth, practice or even superstition — says that whatever doesn’t kill us makes us stronger.

    Taking that analogy a step farther, we can then assume that a broken bone actually heals and becomes tougher, or a person who survives a particular illness soon become impervious to that ailment, a kind of immunity.

    It was later in life that I heard many versions of the “makes us stronger” mantra, usually on the football field or at some athletic event.