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  • Plea in fatal DWI crash

    On the day that his trial was to have started, the teen accusing of causing the deaths of two young girls while driving drunk stood up in court and took responsibility for causing those deaths and for injuring another one of his passengers in the early morning hours of April 6, 2013.

  • Vietnam: 50 years later - Local honored for her sacrifice

    La Neel Pierce will never forget the day in April 1969 when she was told her son had died in the Vietnam War.

    Following in his father Ed’s footsteps, her son Lee joined the United States Air Force after college where he studied civil engineering and was active in ROTC. Pierce’s heart shattered when she was informed of her son’s death.

  • New exhibit explores life at Camp Luna

    Submitted to the Optic

    SANTA FE — In August 1940, talk of war swirled around Camp Luna near Las Vegas.

    The 1,800 men of New Mexico’s 200th Coast Artillery Regiment gathered there to train one last time on home soil before heading to the Philippines.

    A photographer was there, capturing images of youth and dedication, young men unaware of the ordeals they soon would face.

    On Sept. 16 through Oct. 12, the Palace of the Governors Photo Archives will mount a special exhibition at the Jean Cocteau Cinema featuring 10 of those images.

  • Most favor higher minimum wage

    The Associated Press

    A majority of likely New Mexico voters favors increasing the state’s current minimum hourly wage of $7.50 an hour, a new Albuquerque Journal poll found.

    The survey conducted for the newspaper found that 68 percent support an increase while one in four — 27 percent oppose a hike, the Albuquerque Journal reported this week.

    Of the overall survey group, 53 percent said the minimum wage should be between $8 and $10, and 12 percent said it should be more than $10.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 17, 2014

    The Associated Press

    King campaign manager quits
    Democratic gubernatorial challenger Gary King announced Monday that his campaign manager has resigned after holding the job about two months.
    Keith Breitbach was King’s third campaign manager.
    The Democrat trails Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in a new poll, and he lags far behind in fundraising as the campaign reaches a critical point with early voting to start next month.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 17, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, Sept. 15 — Miss Margaret Kennedy, 85, a resident of Albuquerque for the past 10 years, died in an Albuquerque hospital Monday afternoon following an illness. Miss Kennedy came to New Mexico in 1920. She taught English and became dean of women at Highlands. Miss Kennedy established the Newman Center at Highlands University, and Kennedy Hall was named in her honor. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and attended Oxford, Wellesley and Brigham Young universities.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 17, 2014

    West parade is Friday
    The West Las Vegas High School homecoming parade will take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, starting at the county courthouse, east on National Ave. and Bridge Street to 12th Street, south on 12th Street to Douglas Ave., east on Douglas to Sixth Street, north on Sixth street until Carnegie Park.

  • Weather - Sept. 17, 2014

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52. Southwest wind around 5 mph, becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Thursday

  • 3 boys suspected in break-ins

    Three juveniles are in hot water after Las Vegas police say they broke into the Las Vegas Senior Center, two West Las Vegas schools and vehicles in the area last weekend and committed acts of vandalism and burglary.

    Ken Jenkins, a commander with the Las Vegas Police Department, declined to identify the three boys, who he said range in age from 10 to 12.

    He said the boys’ parents have been notified, reports are being filed and the case is being referred to the Juvenile Probation Office for further action.

  • Stumping in Vegas - King slams Martinez policies

    Gary King, the Democratic nominee for governor, decried the current administration’s education policies as he stumped for votes in Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon. The stop was part of a statewide Educational and Listening tour that he and Deb Haaland, the Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor, have undertaken.