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  • Weather - Jan. 31, 2016


    HIGH 54° / LOW 30°

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 54. West wind 15 to 20 mph. Sunday night — a 10 percent chance of snow showers.

    7:02 a.m. to 5:27 p.m.



    HIGH 40° / LOW 15°

    Snow showers likely. Cloudy, with a high near 40. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
    Monday night — a 40 percent chance of snow showers.

  • Que Pasa - Jan. 31, 2016

    1 to 3:30 p.m.
    Eighth Annual Literacy Fair will take place at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center gymnasium. This event is sponsored by The Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, a division of the LV Arts Council. Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, call Dorothy T. Maestas at 454-0005.

  • Noticias - Jan. 31, 2016

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    •Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.

    •Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.

  • Wrestlers to vie for RMAC titles

    Submitted to the Optic

    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The first Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Wrestling Championships in 20 years are set for Sunday at the U.S. Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs.

    The event, which will feature all nine RMAC wrestling schools, is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Sunday. The second session is slated for 3:30 p.m., while the finals, which will be broadcast live on Comcast Entertainment Television, are set for a 5 p.m. start.

  • Meet the Cowboys

    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University’s likely wrestling lineup, by weight class:

    125 lbs.) Jacob España, redshirt junior, Albuquerque (Volcano Vista High). España is 14-11 overall with one pin, six technical falls, three major decisions.

    125) Trevor Perez, redshirt freshman, Las Vegas, Nev. Perez is 2-3 with one pin.

    133) Trey Humphrey, redshirt senior, Overland Park, Kans. Humphrey is 6-5 with two pins.

  • Looking ahead - Sports - Jan. 31 2016

    •NMHU at RMAC championships, TBA, Colorado Springs

    8Pecos boys (A,B), girls (A,B) at Monte del Sol, 3 p.m., Santa Fe
    •West Las Vegas freshman boys vs. Santa Rosa, 4 p.m., Gillie Lopez Gym

    •Robertson boys (A,B) vs. Peñasco, 5 p.m., Mike Marr Gym
    •Robertson girls (A,B,C) at Socorro, 4 p.m., Socorro
    •Mora boys (A,B), girls (A,B) at Questa, 3:30 p.m., Questa

  • Accusations fly in mayor’s race

    A candidate for mayor is accusing one of her opponents of threatening to have her arrested if she doesn’t withdraw from the race.

    Mayoral candidate Lavinia Flores-Fenzi makes the allegations against opponent Chris Lopez in a letter she sent this week to City Clerk Casandra Fresquez, Police Chief Juan Montaño, Attorney General Hector Balderas, District Attorney Richard Flores and Amy Bailey, legal counsel for the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Highlands staff vote to form union

    New Mexico Highlands University staff voted overwhelmingly last week to follow in the faculty’s footsteps and form a union.

    “This vote sends a strong message to the administrators of the university,” said Rick Griego, a Highlands staff member, in a news release announcing the result of last Friday’s vote.

    “We all came together to have this important vote, and my co-workers and I feel there will be more respect for the work we do because we now can discuss work-issues as equals,” he added.

  • Sabinoso wilderness will soon be accessible to public

    It’s been nearly seven years since the breathtaking 16,030 acre property between Roy and Trujillo officially became a wilderness area, but the Sabinoso Wilderness has nevertheless been off limits to the public because it’s surrounded by private land.

    But that’s about to change thanks to a partnership between the Wyss Foundation and the Wilderness Land Trust.

  • State revenues plunge on low energy prices

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico slashed estimates for revenue growth during the coming year by $200 million based on sustained low oil and natural gas prices, upending spending plans as New Mexico’s Legislature meets to craft a new budget.

    Expectations for new revenues were revised downward to just $30 million for the fiscal year starting in July, the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration announced Wednesday. Economists from three executive agencies and the Legislature agreed to the new estimate.