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  • Weather - June 1, 2012

    Friday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. West wind between 10 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20percent. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55. North wind between 5 and 15 mph.

    Saturday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind between 5 and 15 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

  • At odds over dog named Blue

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Blue the dog doesn’t have a home. And he apparently doesn’t want one. But the blue-eyed Australian cattle dog has $1,800 in savings, a Facebook page and an air-conditioned dog house.

    He also has a lawyer, who is working to get him an exemption from local leash laws so he can continue his free-wheeling lifestyle in southern New Mexico’s lakeside community of Elephant Butte, where he was abandoned as a puppy a decade ago.

  • NM offers free fishing on Sat.

    SANTA FE  — The Department of Game and Fish says anglers can enjoy a freebie in New Mexico on Saturday.

    No license or stamps will be required for New Mexicans and out-of-state residents to fish on public waters. However, other fishing rules and bag limits still apply.

    The free fishing is offered in celebration of National Fishing Day on Saturday.

    The department also will conduct free clinics across the state to provide instruction on fishing, such as how to tie knots, bait a hook and correctly release a fish.

  • Our choices for Senate

    We think their are four strong candidates running for the nominations to replace longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Bingaman, of course, has opted to retire rather than seek a sixth term in office, which leaves a gapping hole in New Mexico’s delegation to the nation’s capitol.

  • Editorial Cartoons - June 1, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - Kirby Benedict’s inebriate judgeship

    Kirby Benedict was a close friend and former colleague of President Abraham Lincoln, and was among the earliest of the famed judges who occupied the Las Vegas bench. He remains New Mexico’s most notorious inebriate, and was district judge for Las Vegas from 1858 until 1866, when he was removed from the bench by President Andrew Johnson.

  • Noticias - June 1, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Samaritan House Thrift Store hours: Monday through Friday; the store will be open for sales and to receive donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays, personnel will receive donations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • Que Pasa - June 1, 2012

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Cowgirls: 12 All-America honors

    Jillisa Grant rounded out her storied collegiate track and field career with three more All-American honors, and the New Mexico Highlands University women’s squad combined for a total of 12 All-American performances in the recent national meet.

    Highlands finished seventh in  the 2012 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Colorado State University-Pueblo this past weekend.

    The Cowgirls’ point total was the best in program history.

  • North-South slugfest coming to Las Vegas

    For years now, the Class 3A North-South all-star games in football and boys’ and girls’ basketball have been situated in Las Vegas and specifically the New Mexico Highlands University campus.

    Now Class 1A-3A North-South baseball is about to make its debut in the Meadow City.

    The New Mexico High School Coaches Association has announced the all-star games for the sport will be held June 29-30 at NMHU’s Brandt Park, with preliminary activities for the honorees starting June 27 in town.