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  • Looking Back - Feb. 9, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, Feb. 8 — Las Vegas received two and a half inches of snow yesterday afternoon and last night. The low last night was 18, the high yesterday 47, and the 11 a.m. reading today was 23. The U.S. Weather Bureau issued a hazardous driving warning for north and east portions of the state. Roads today were open, but slick and treacherous.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 9, 2015

    Rotary Club’s lasagna fundraiser is Thursday
    Rotary Club’s annual lasagna lunch and dinner fundraiser will be held on Thursday, Feb. 12 at Hillcrest Restaurant’s Flamingo Room. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from any Rotary Club member or at the door. There will be a silent auction for both lunch and dinner. Dinner entertainment will be by UWC-USA students.

  • Weather - Feb. 9, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 33. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 67. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    A chance of rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 48. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 27.

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  • Romero and Marcais to be recognized at state Capitol

    Submitted to the Optic

    Luna Community College students Anyssa Romero and Lorenza Marcais will be honored at the state Capitol on Wednesday. The two are among several dozen students statewide who will be recognized as part of the All-State Academic Team.

    Romero is a 2013 Robertson High graduate. She will be earning her criminal justice and accounting degree this May.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 9, 2015

    • NMHU Foundation is sponsoring a fine art print lecture series by Dr. Robert Bell at 4 p.m. on Feb. 10 at the George and Sheryl Talbot Fine Art Print room in Kennedy Alumni Hall on the Highlands University campus. This talk is entitled, “William Blake and his Followers.” Free and open to the public. Form ore information, call the foundation office at 454-3248 or Bob Read at 454-3338.

  • Noticias - Feb. 9, 2015

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    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call CASA at 454-0223 or visit the office to work with children who have been removed from their homes. Because of abuse and neglect. Children are in state custody and living in foster care.

  • Clock ticking on insurance

    If you don’t have health insurance and haven’t yet taken advantage of the New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange, time is running out.

    The deadline to enroll in health insurance is Sunday, Feb. 15. Those without health insurance who miss that deadline and don’t qualify for an exemption will have to pay a fine when they file their tax returns.

    The mandate is contained in the Affordable Care Act, the federal law commonly known as Obamacare, which strives to get everyone enrolled in a health insurance plan.

  • Editorial cartoon - Feb. 9, 2015
  • Another Perspective - A good education: The obvious, but neglected, solution for a better NM

    Look into the eyes of the next youngster you see, whether it’s an 8-year-old learning to read, a pre-teen wondering how to fit in or an 18-year-old trying to decide between work, college or both. Look deep into their eyes and ask yourself: What have I done to help this young person succeed?

    As politicians, policymakers and bureaucrats gather in Santa Fe to plot the best way forward, too much time and energy are spent plotting how to regain or retain a political advantage. We need to work more on improving the education our children receive.