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  • New strain of rabies found

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A new strain of rabies has been discovered in southern New Mexico, federal and state health officials confirmed Tuesday.

    While it doesn’t present any more of a public health threat than the known strains of the potentially fatal disease, the discovery is generating curiosity in scientific circles because it’s the first new strain to be found in the United States in several years.

  • Ranchers, farmers sue over habitat

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The setting aside of hundreds of square miles in New Mexico as critical habitat for the endangered jaguar was an “unlawful, arbitrary and capricious” action by federal authorities and needs to be overturned, a new lawsuit says.

  • In Brief - News - May 22, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire
     

  • Regents delay vote on president

    New Mexico Highlands University regents have decided which of the six finalists they want to hire as the school’s next president, but they’re keeping their selection quiet until negotiations with the individual have been completed.

    After meeting behind closed doors for several hours on Monday, regents emerged to announce that board chairman Leveo Sanchez and board member Frank Marchi had been given authority to begin negotiations with the individual selected.

  • Area native hired for national post

    A Las Vegas native who still has ties to Las Vegas and Mora County has been selected to oversee the country’s National Wildlife Refuge System.

    As chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Cynthia Martinez will oversee more than 150 million acres, 563 wildlife refuges and 38 Wetland Management Districts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Martinez is also responsible for management of more than 418 million acres of marine national monuments.

    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe announced Martinez’s appointment last week.

  • Bands receive gold awards - Local bands make music waves

    Music programs from both the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools are making waves.

    The West Las Vegas music program recently traveled to Orlando, Fla., where the group walked away with three awards from the World Strides Heritage Music Competition, with one student winning a prestigious award. Robertson High School’s Red Wave band competed at the 77th Annual Cañon City Music and Blossom Festival in Colorado. The band, under the direction of Martin Sena, received two awards.

  • HU student found dead in dorm room

    For the second time in six months, a Highlands University student has been found dead in his dorm room at Kennedy Hall.

    “There’s still no evidence of foul play,” Highlands President Jim Fries told regents on Monday. “It’s just one of those very unfortunate, sad situations.”

    State police, the agency investigating the death, isn’t saying much about the case.

  • In Brief - News - May 20, 2015

    The Associated Press
     

  • BLM plan to merge Ariz., NM offices opposed

    The Associated Press

    PHOENIX — Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar and other House members are urging the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to suspend a proposed merger of the Arizona and New Mexico offices.

    Gosar joined congressmen from California and Utah plus a congresswoman from Wyoming in sending a letter Monday to BLM Director Neil Kornze.

  • Looking Back - May 20, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, May 21 — Enrollees in the Neighborhood Youth Corps are currently at work erecting a seven-foot fence to enclose the new swimming pool in West Las Vegas. The materials are being furnished by the West Las Vegas Schools. Those who worked on the fence yesterday were Pat Chavez, Joe Montoya, Ray Collins and Tommy Lujan.