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  • Weather - Nov. 19, 2014

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the morning. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. West wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:40 a.m. to 4:52 p.m.

  • Retired educators inducted into NEA-NM Hall of Fame

    Submitted to the Optic

    Floyd and Theresa Chavez were inducted into the National Education Association New Mexico Hall of Fame on Oct. 24 at the State Hall of Fame Reception held at the Albuquerque Marriott.

    The National Education Association is the nation’s largest professional employee organization committed to advancing the cause of public education.

  • Que Pasa - Nov. 19, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Turkey on the Loose!” by Sylvie Wickstrom. Free and open to the public.

    THURSDAY
    JUEVES

  • Sticker shock

    The Abe Montoya Recreation Center pool area has been offline since early May, when fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof.

    Six months later, consultants hired by the city to look at the building are estimating that it will cost about $3.3 million to repair the roof and to take care of the other deficiencies discovered in the building.

    We’ll be the first to admit that the $3.3 million figure was shockingly high, and we wonder how the city is going to come up with that funding.

  • Editorial cartoon - Nov. 19, 2014
  • Work of Art: Assembly line works well

    “Please! Don’t recite any recipes. I beg of you.” And with that surprisingly authoritarian tone, I explained that all I had done was compliment the chef over the meal my wife and I had been invited to.

    Any comment about the food during the meal often leads to a detailed recipetation of each step, as if we were taking notes.

  • La Plaza
  • Crespin, Gallegos lose

    “The Battle at Five Points” turned out to be bad news for a pair of Meadow City fighters.

    Arturo “El Toro” Crespin and Shawn “The Educator” Gallegos both went down in defeat this past Saturday night in the pro boxing card held at South Valley Sports Complex in Albuquerque.

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  • Winter 2014-15 Sports Schedule

    Monday, Nov. 17
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Española, 4 p.m., MMS
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Los Alamos, 4 p.m., Los Alamos

    Tuesday, Nov. 18
    Basketball
    • Memorial Middle School girls vs. Santa Fe Indian, 4 p.m., MMS
    • Valley Middle School girls vs. Taos, 4 p.m., Valley
    • West Las Vegas Middle School girls at Memorial (sixth grade), 4 p.m., TBA
    Wrestling
    • Memorial, West Las Vegas Middle School at Los Alamos Quad, 3 p.m., Los Alamos

    Wednesday, Nov. 19
    Basketball
    • NMHU women vs. West Texas A&M, 6 p.m., Wilson Complex

    Friday, Nov. 21

  • Rec center fixes to cost $3.3M

    Consultants hired by the city to assess the structural integrity of the Abe Montoya Recreation Center after fierce winds ripped off a portion of the roof in May have determined that it’s going to cost more then $3 million to perform necessary repairs and upgrades.

    The swimming pool area of the recreation center has been closed ever since part of the roof in that area blew off the building.

    Recreation center director Loretta Abreu Martin briefed the City Council of the findings during Wednesday’s work session.