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Today's News

  • Students of the month - April 9, 2017
  • Dear Teacher - April 9, 2017

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: I hear that kindergarten has become a mini first grade. Where can I find out what children are now expected to learn in kindergarten? — Wondering

  • Principal resigns after investigation

    The Associated Press

    PITTSBURG, Kan.  — An incoming high school principal has resigned in Kansas after student reporters investigated and raised questions about her credentials.

    The Pittsburg School Board accepted Amy Robertson’s resignation on Tuesday, saying she felt the decision was “in the best interest of the district ... in light of the issues that arose.”

  • Score one for balance of powers

    The following editorial was published in the New London Day (Conn.) on March 27:

    And now for our next act. The failure of the American Health Care Act to make it across home plate had the minute-by-minute drama of a closely contested game, right down to the breaking news that House Speaker Paul Ryan was “rushing” to the White House to inform the president that he couldn’t get the votes to pass the bill.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 9, 2017
  • Another Perspective: Capital outlay reforms a go

    Reforming New Mexico’s process for selecting and paying for public works projects, which is nearly universally criticized as inefficient and wasteful, will continue through administrative steps despite the lack of an appetite this year to enact reforms into law.

  • Just a Thought: Avoiding excess to live within the margins

    By Rick Kraft

    Sometimes I think that living life is all about living within the margins. Margins are boundaries. They surround us and keep us from getting too close to the edge. They exist for a reason and without margins, we would repeatedly be hitting the edge.

    What I am saying is that we need to live our lives with healthy balances in countless areas, but to avoid an excess in any single area.

    Let me take a step back and look at the big picture.

  • Editorial Roundup - April 9, 2017

    The San Francisco Chronicle on U.S. relations with China:

    Normally it’s better to skip the buildup and measure the outcome when a White House occupant meets a powerful foreign leader. Hype gets in the way of results.

    But this week’s two-day visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping with President Trump at his Florida country club bears contemplating in advance. The careful and all-powerful Chinese leader will be sitting down with a U.S. leader who is nothing like him.

  • No need to fear - Isotopes slide into 15th season

    ALBUQUERQUE — Creeping tarantulas, yipping dogs and a banquet setting of ballpark food lovingly christened with names like Radiation Burger and Nuclear Nachos.

    It must be opening week for the Albuquerque Isotopes.

    The team opened its 15th season under that name on Thursday night against the Salt Lake Bees, but not before amping up the excitement with Media Day on Monday afternoon at Isotopes Park.

  • Go Fish - April 9, 2017

    Editor’s note: This fishing report, provided by Bill Dunn and the Department of Game and Fish, has been generated from the best information available from area officers and anglers. For future weekly reports, see weekend editions of the Optic.

    Fishing season began April 1; don’t forget your new license.

    Catches of the week
    Pecos River: Andres Martinez caught a 6-pound catfish March 27. He was fishing the river near Puerto de Luna and using chicken liver.