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  • Active shooter concerns

    By Jordan Ortega, Special to the Optic

    Active-shooter dangers on campuses are a reality that college students have to face. Students at New Mexico Highlands University are well aware of the danger of many scenarios.

    Last week’s massacre at a Florida high school reminded educators, students and those who work to maintain a safe campus about the dangers of active shooters and other forms of localized terrorism.

    However, they also try to put their fears into perspective.

  • Visitors from the sky

    Theresa Wesner photo
    Bridgette Baca holds up 2-year-old Nathanael Muñoz so he can see into one of the small planes that arrived at Las Vegas Municipal Airport on Saturday afternoon.

    The Route 66 Air Tour celebrated history as its pilots began in Tucumcari, then headed to Moriarty before spending Saturday afternoon and night in Las Vegas.

    They then headed to Grants and Winslow, Ariz.

  • Reading group to focus on social mobility

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    An upcoming reading group at Highlands University will focus on social mobility in the U.S.

    The reading group, led by Highlands professor Rebecca Álvarez, is the latest reading group program sponsored by the Donnelly Library. The three books in this spring’s reading group are Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J. D. Vance; Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones; and Poverty and Profit in the American City, by Matthew Desmond.

  • Unique string duo headed to Las Vegas

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Two classically trained musicians who blend Western art music with hip hop beats will perform at Highlands University’s Ilfeld Auditorium on Friday, March 2.

    Musicians Wil B. and Kev Marcus form Black Violin, which creates a distinctive multigenre sound that is often described as “classical boom.”
    Black Violin has shared stages with top names including Kanye West, Aerosmith and Tom Petty, and has creatively collaborated with the likes of Wu-Tang Clan, Wyclef Jean and Alicia Keys.

  • Man jailed on second-degree murder charges

    Michael J. Romero, 40, of Las Vegas, was taken into custody this week on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence after Las Vegas Police say he shot and killed a man Saturday at his home on Commerce Street.

    Police say Romero shot and killed Felix Martinez, who is a friend of Romero's son. According to court documents, the main witness was Romero's son, Michael Romero Jr., who awoke to hearing a shotgun blast about 9 a.m. Saturday.

  • Village of Pecos Mayor Election questionnaires, 2018

    Editor’s note: Municipal elections around the state are set for March 6. It’s time to give the three Village of Pecos mayoral candidates a chance to weigh in on a few general topics.

    TELESFOR ANDALECIO BENAVIDEZ

    Age: 58.

    Address and contact information: HC 74, Box 32B, No. 136, North Main St., Pecos, 87552.

  • Phil Griego gets 18-month prison term for fraud

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Former state Sen. Phil Griego of San José will spend 18 months behind bars for fraud, bribery and other convictions stemming from allegations that he misused his position to profit from a real estate deal.

    District Court Judge Brett Loveless sentenced Griego on Friday to a 12-year-prison term, but waived all but 18 months of it.

  • First-year principal sets goals

    As a first-year principal in the West Las Vegas Schools, Rosemarie Salinas has assigned goals for herself, teachers and staff, and students with a hopeful outcome of pushing her schools from a D grade to a C or higher.

    Salinas presides over the Pre-K, Tony Serna Jr. and Luis E. Armijo Elementary Schools, and presented her goals to the West Las Vegas School Board during its regular monthly meeting held on Tuesday night.

  • Items selected for Council approval

    Five items were discussed at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council work session and all five were approved to be added to the consent agenda for the Wednesday, Feb. 21 regular monthly council meeting.

    The consent agenda will include awarding a bid for the Bradner fill line project to Hays Plumbing and Heating, Inc.

    The project includes construction of the Bradner Reservoir fill pipeline section of the first phase of the raw water conveyance pipeline.

  • Legislature caps session by leaving governor several bills to sign

    By Andrew Oxford, Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Vote early and vote less often.
    At least, that is the hope behind a bill that was headed to the governor’s desk on Thursday to consolidate various local elections in New Mexico.

    Under a compromise hashed out between the Senate and House of Representatives during the last couple hours of this year’s 30-day legislative session, election day for most cities, towns and villages — including Santa Fe — would not change from the usual date in March.