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  • Looking Back - March 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, March 3 — At its last weekly meeting, Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity on the Highlands Campus, agreed to help decorate the day-rooms for patients at the New Mexico State Hospital. The proposal was presented to the 50 students in TKE’s by E. Eloy Martinez, director of volunteer services for the hospital. It was explained to the students that most of the patients’ day-rooms have little or nothing in the way of pictures or decorations on the walls.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 3, 2014

    Come enjoy pancakes
    St. Paul’s Peace, at 810 Eighth St, Las Vegas, will host its annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4. Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for children 12 and younger. The supper includes all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham and drink.

  • Weather - March 3, 2014

    Partly sunny, with a high near 46. West wind 5-10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. West wind around 10 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 56. West wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:28 a.m. to 5:58 p.m.

  • GOP votes on primary candidates

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Republican leaders have put more than one candidate on the primary election ballot in two contested races.

    More than 500 delegates voted Saturday afternoon for candidates in several federal and state races at the Republican Party of New Mexico’s pre-primary convention.

  • Annual book sale
  • City hires twice-fired director

    City Manager Timothy Dodge has appointed Ann Marie Gallegos as the municipality’s interim finance director, a move that has unanimous support from the city’s unions but is raising eyebrows outside of City Hall.

    “I’m honored to be here. I’m honored to be back home. I’ll do the best job I can,” Gallegos told the governing body.

    “I am really looking forward to coming home.”

  • Senior profile - Stephen Garcia

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People gravitate toward him, knowing he’ll have a friendly smile and even an offer to help load groceries. A greeter celebrating his 19th year in that job at the Las Vegas Walmart, Stephen Garcia is aiming for 19 more years.

  • Gov pledges to sign $10M dam funding

    Gov. Susana Martinez took to the radio airwaves Wednesday morning to announce that she will sign the capital outlay bill approved by lawmakers last week that contains $10 million for the city of Las Vegas’ Bradner Dam project.

  • Open fires banned on state lands

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    Thousands of square miles of drought-stricken New Mexico are now off-limits to fireworks, open fires and smoking until further notice.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell put the state on notice Wednesday, saying his decision to prohibit potential fire-starting activities on state trust land is aimed at preventing the kind of catastrophic wildfires that raced through New Mexico’s tinder dry forests and grasslands a couple of years ago.

  • AAUW book sale