Today's News

  • Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, Aug. 25 — Freshman applications for admission to Highlands University have reached an all-time high, according to James E. Connor, comptroller at HU. Eighteen percent of the applicants were denied admission to Highlands because they could not meet the high admission standards. More than 930 applications have been received. States other than New Mexico (211), with the highest number of applicants are: New York, 24; New Jersey, 18; California, 17; Illinois, 16; Texas, 12; and Hawaii, 10.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 24, 2015

    Magistrate Court to close
    Magistrate Court will be closed Wednesday, Aug. 26 through Friday, Aug. 28 as staff is attending the Magistrate Court Conference. Magistrate court will be open on Monday, Aug. 24 and Tuesday, Aug. 25 but will not have judges available on Tuesday, Aug. 25 as judges will be at the conference starting on Tuesday. Regular hours resume on Monday, Aug. 31.

  • Weather - Aug. 24, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:27 a.m. to 7:39 p.m.

  • Western wildfires strain resources

    By Keith Ridler
    The Associated Press

    BOISE, Idaho — This summer’s massive fires have strained resources across the West to the point that wildfire managers are being forced to let some fires burn unchecked, and that has renewed a long-standing debate about whether it is better to fight a fire — or to sometimes just let it burn out.

    Drought and heat have combined to make this one of the most active fire seasons in the Lower 48 in recent years.

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  • Noticias- August 24, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays Nov. 1 to March 31. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Music from Angel Fire returns to Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    Music from Angel Fire presents its Las Vegas concert starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday at the Ilfeld Auditorium on the Highlands University. The 2015 festival season, titled Made in America, celebrates American composers and music, as well as international composers that were inspired by America, or wrote special works while in residence here. Each program is hand-selected by violinist Ida Kavafian, now in her 31st season as artistic director.

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 24, 2015

    • Las Vegas/San Miguel County Economic Development Corporation will host a presentation on “Economic Development in Small Rural Communities” starting at 11:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25 at the Plaza Hotel. For more information, call 454-9323.


  • Editorial cartoon - Aug. 24, 2015
  • APS chief out of line

    It’s another only-in-New-Mexico story.

    On one level, the turmoil playing out at Albuquerque Public Schools is a sad example of the bickering that so often overshadows the critically important work of educating students so that they’re prepared for college and careers when they graduate from high school.