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Today's News

  • State’s unemployment worst in nation

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico has the worst unemployment rate in the nation, according to figures released Monday by state and federal labor officials.

    January’s jobless rate of 6.7 percent remained unchanged from the previous month, but that’s still higher than the 6.5 percent recorded a year ago.

    Nationally, the rate increased slightly to 4.8 percent despite an uptick in hiring in January as employers added 238,000 jobs.

  • Science Fair time
  • Que Pasa - March 15, 2017

    3.15.2017
    WEDNESDAY
    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    March 15

  • Noticias - March 15, 2017

    Submit your
    calendar items and notices to…
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    _______________
    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.

    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 800-925-4186 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

  • Your mileage may vary

    The following editorial was published in the Detroit News on March 7.

    If President Donald Trump orders a review of automotive fuel economy standards as he reportedly will do, he will be affirming an important principle: Government should keep its promises. The president is expected to grant a request made by 18 automakers, including Detroit’s Big Three, to review the mileage mandates the companies and President Barack Obama agreed to in 2011.

  • Editorial Cartoon - March 15, 2017
  • Work of Art: Enjoy DST — it’s great

    She’s on the phone, railing to a fellow church member about the first days of Daylight Saving Time. “Oooh! I just hate it!” she tells her friend, Betty Quick, who agrees.

    But really now, what can we say about the extra hour of daylight except that we’re glad it’s finally here? Each year — it seems since we married in 1966 — I’ve used the parable of the man whose blanket failed to cover his feet, leaving him shivering in bed. So he cut a foot off the top of the blanket and sewed it to the bottom. Problem solved. But maybe not.

  • State champs! Pecos Panthers capture program’s first boys’ basketball title since 1966

    ALBUQUERQUE — As was the case one year earlier, the Pecos Panthers ended their journey through the state basketball tournament feeling the pain.

    This time, though, it was a different kind of pain.

    “My face hurts from smiling,” said Carlos Cordova, smiling nonetheless as a team that had somehow escaped widespread media attention all winter found itself at the center of a post-championship press conference.

    Cordova and the Panthers defeated Santa Rosa 60-49 in the Class 3A boys’ title game Saturday morning at The Pit.

  • Let the Madness begin

    The Associated Press

    There are 67 games to be played over the next three weeks to determine the next national champion, a magical time known as the NCAA Tournament.

    So what’s in store in 2017? Is there any way to top the madness of last year’s tournament filled with double-digit upsets and an incredible ending?

    Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beating 3-pointer gave Villanova its first championship since 1985 after North Carolina tied the game on Marcus Paige’s double-clutch 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds left.

  • Quintana 11th in national meet

    Three New Mexico Highlands University women achieved All-American status to highlight the Cowgirls’ trip to Birmingham, Ala., for the NCAA Division II national indoor track and field championships.

    • Tashay Hunter, an NMHU sophomore, placed eighth in the triple jump, clearing 12.21 meters. In doing so, Hunter earned first-team All-American honors and became the fourth NMHU athlete to do so in the event. Hunter is from St. Andrew, Jamaica.