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  • Weather - March 12, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 43. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 19. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 26.

  • LVCS students showcase artwork at local gallery

    For the Optic

    The Las Vegas Arts Council is celebrating March Youth Art Month by showcasing original art produced by elementary through high school students of the Las Vegas City Schools.

    Susan Tsyitee, Arts Council board member, announced Saturday that the exhibit will be available for viewing at Gallery 140 on Bridge Street until the end of March. The hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays or by appointment.

  • Candidates to file on Tuesday

    We already had one election last week, but election season is just getting started.

    Tuesday is filing day for those wanting to run for countywide and statewide offices, and several individuals have already announced that they are planning to run.

    Those wanting to run for county positions or for the local magistrate judge posts must file with the San Miguel County Clerk between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Those wanting to run for positions that cover more than one county must file with the secretary of state’s office in Santa Fe.

  • Competition set for May - Robotics fascinate West students

    A pint-sized robot creeps across the floor, its wheels whirring noisily as it turns to navigate a path.

    Nearby, a couple of middle-schoolers watch intently, one of them chuckling.

    “What could you do to make it go faster?” asks an instructor.

    The student examines his machine, furrowing his brow slightly.

    Then it dawns on him — a slight modification to reduce resistance to the robot’s movement. There’s almost a grin, but this is, after all, serious business.

  • Gov to visit Las Vegas

    As promised, Gov. Susana Martinez will be in Las Vegas Tuesday to sign the capital outlay bill that sets aside $10 million for the city of Las Vegas’s Bradner Dam expansion project.

    The signing is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Plaza Park gazebo. However, in the event of inclement weather, the signing will be moved to the Council chambers at City Hall, 1700 North Grand Avenue.

  • Storms bring little drought relief

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A drought across New Mexico will like persist despite a spate of recent snow and rain.

    The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report indicates a few inches of snow that fell in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains last weekend still aren’t bringing the state’s water levels close to where they need to be, the New Mexican reported.

  • In Brief - Las Vegas - March 10, 2014

    City Schools seeking chief

    The Las Vegas City Schools district has begun to advertise for a new superintendent.
    Prospective applicants have until March 28 to apply for the job, according to a classified display ad placed in the Optic.
    Applications for the position are available online at www.cybercardinal.com
    The east-side district is currently being run by interim superintendent Lydia Flores.

  • Looking Back - March 10, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, March 9 — Father James T. Burke, 40, has been named pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows parish in West Las Vegas, succeeding Msgr. H.C. Lomme, who served the parish for many years. Msgr. Lomme has taken an extended leave of absence for medical help. His present plans are not quite fixed, according to Fr. Burke. He left Las Vegas Saturday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 10, 2014

    Educational Retirees meeting is today
    The Las Vegas Area Association of Educational Retirees March Meeting, 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 10 at KBobs restaurant. The program will focus on reports of the 2014 Legislative Session and on the 2014 Association Budget. For more information, contact Tomás at 575-421-2455.

  • Weather - March 10, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 36. West wind 15-20 mph.

    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming north in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 18. Blustery.