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Today's News

  • Weather

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 30-35 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 25-35 mph; gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 35.

  • FYI - News

    New Mexico's transportation agency head says not enough people are getting the message about the dangers of distracted driving, The Associated Press reports. Transportation Secretary Alvin Dominguez says it's a serious, life-threatening practice whether drivers are texting, talking on the phone, eating, reading a map, changing the radio station or talking to passengers.

  • Que Pasa - April 6, 2011

    TODAY HOY
    • Story Time, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 in the children’s area of Carnegie Public Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Seed exchange is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Area residents will be coming together Saturday, April 9 at the Luna Community College cafeteria to meet, share heirloom seeds, and exchange knowledge about local agriculture.

    The free event, titled “Compartiendo Semillas, Sembrando el Futuro,” (Sharing Seeds, Planting the Future) is sponsored by several local organizations including Casa de Cultura, Las Vegas Barter Hours, Luna Community College and the Tri-County Farmers Market.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 6, 2011
  • PED’s big mistake

    Last year, New Mexico school districts were facing an across-the-board cut of more than 3 percent when then-Gov. Bill Richardson decided he didn’t want it to happen on his watch. So he used some stimulus money as a band-aid and passed the bleeding on to the new governor.

    Then came the Susana Martinez administration, ready to take on the state budget by cutting but not taxing. So when public education cuts came in at about 1.5 percent, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.

    It was too good to be true.

  • Work of Art: I just had to send this to you

    Imagine receiving a letter so eye-catching that it makes you want to send a copy to 100 friends. But wait! With postage costing $44, not to mention the price of paper, envelopes and ink, well that starts to run into money.

    The only time I succumbed to such expenditures was in 1972, when an acquaintance whom I met at a workshop in Charlottesville, Va., sent me a letter with the notation “This one really works!” with the urging that I send copies of the letter to 25 friends.

  • UConn wins ugly in final

    By Eddie Pells
    AP National Writer

    HOUSTON — The only thing that could stop Kemba Walker and Connecticut’s amazing run was the final buzzer.

    On a night when the massive arena felt like a dusty old gym, UConn made Butler look like the underdog it really was, winning the national championship Monday night with an old-fashioned, grinding 53-41 beatdown of the Bulldogs.

  • LV junior wrestlers excel

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is said that those things that are worth having in this world take hard work, effort and dedication in order to have them.

    The Las Vegas Junior Wrestling Club knows this all too well. “Each child who participated in this season understands the need to be focused on his or her goals to be the best they can be,” said Chris Trujillo, one of the club’s coaches. “This season has been a testament to that fact.”

  • Looking ahead - Sports

    WEDNESDAY
    Baseball
    • NMHU vs. Eastern New Mexico, 2 p.m., Brandt Park
    Tennis
    • Robertson at Bosque Prep, 3 p.m., Albuquerque
    Track and field
    • NMHU-Puma Joe Abrams Classic (includes Robertson, WLV, others), TBA, Perkins Stadium

    THURSDAY
    Baseball
    • WLV Gents at Pecos JV (DH), 3 p.m., Pecos

    FRIDAY
    Baseball