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Today's News

  • ‘Megadroughts’ predicted for West

    By Seth Borenstein
    AP Science Writer

    SAN JOSE, California — As bad as recent droughts in California, the Southwest and the Midwest have been, scientists say far worse “megadroughts” are coming — and they’re bound to last for decades.

    “Unprecedented drought conditions” — the worst in more than 1,000 years — are likely to come to the Southwest and Central Plains after 2050 and stick around because of global warming, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances on Thursday.

  • House OKs bill to end social promotion

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico House of Representatives has voted to approve legislation that would end the social promotion of third-graders who are not proficient readers.

    After three hours of debate Wednesday night, the bill passed 38-30 with one Democrat siding with Republicans in the majority. The legislation now moves to the Senate.

    The measure by Republican Rep. Monica Youngblood, of Albuquerque, calls for retaining third-graders who are not reading proficiently and giving them intensive remediation.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 13, 2015

    By Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Parson contract on agenda

    West Las Vegas School District superintendent Gene Parson may just get another contract extension by the current board after all. Starting at 3:30 p.m. on Monday at the district’s boardroom, the board will met in executive session for “superintendent evaluation and contract extension.”

    For the past two board meetings, the board has gone behind closed doors for Parson’s evaluation.

  • Obama signs veterans suicide prevention bill

    By Jim Kuhnhenn
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON Acknowledging the struggles of the nation’s veterans, President Barack Obama on Thursday signed legislation intended to reduce a military suicide epidemic that is claiming lives by the day.

    “If you are hurting, know this. You are not forgotten,” Obama said, addressing soldiers and veterans as he prepared to affix his signature to the law.

  • Puerto Rico, North Carolina, Texas tickets win Powerball

    By Danica Coto
    The Associated Press

    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico  — Somebody who stopped by a Shell station in southern Puerto Rico was potentially $100 million richer on Thursday, winning a share of a $564.1 million Powerball jackpot — the first winner outside the continental United States.

  • Not so white
  • Jail Log - Feb. 13, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 2 and Feb. 6:

    Jesus Moreno, 34, failure to pay child support, bench warrant, SM District
    Gilbert Solis, 41, probation violation: positive UA (Meth) (three-day sanction)
    Francisco Medina, 20, abandonment or abuse of a child (two counts), conspiracy
    Jeffrey Fernandez, 20, aggravated DWI
    Robert Salinas, 30, hold for investigation
    Stephanie Jaramillo, 31, probation violation: positive UA (Heroin/Cocaine), tampering with UA

  • Looking Back - Feb. 13, 2015

    In 1965

    Tuesday, Feb. 9 — Action on approval of the bypass was again deferred by the West Las Vegas Council at a regular meeting last night. Chief High way Engineer T.B. White presented to the council a suggested interchange to be located in the vicinity of New Mexico Avenue and Grand Avenue. However, Attorney Donald A. Martinez and Councilman Nash Lucero suggested that the interchange be moved slightly north of the proposed location to New Mexico and South Pacific Street.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 13, 2015

    Pancake supper is Tuesday

    St. Paul’s Peace Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 17 at the church located on the corner of Eighth Street and National Avenue. Tickets are $8 per adult, $4 for children 12 and younger and includes all-you-can-eat pancakes and ham.

  • Weather - Feb. 13, 2015

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. South wind around 10 mph becoming west after midnight.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. A slight chance of rain and snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:50 a.m. to 5:41 p.m.