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  • BREAKING - Police: Woman kills self at cemetery

    A 59-year-old Las Vegas woman went to the San Jose Cemetery off of Piñon Street and fatally shot herself in the stomach this morning, Las Vegas police report.

    Police believe the shooting occurred sometime between 8 and 10 a.m. The woman's body was discovered by a family member, and officers were dispatched to the scene at about 10:27 p.m., Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The woman, who was reportedly suffering from a serious medical condition, committed suicide near the graves of her father and brother, Montaño said.

  • City unhappy with road work

    Months after the city awarded a contract for road improvements at Lopez and Montezuma streets, the job has been completed. But the governing body isn’t happy with the outcome.

  • Classes, workshop scheduled - Street art exhibit in progress

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Yolanda Domínguez, a well-known visual and performance artist and social activist from Spain, will present her first street art installation in the United States during a visit to Highlands University today through April 4.

    Domínguez is at Highlands thanks to the university’s Ballen Visiting Scholar Program. She will teach classes and workshops to students in women’s studies, media arts, sociology, criminal justice, and fine arts.

  • Mora County imposes fire restrictions

    The Mora County Commission voted unanimously last week to adopt a resolution declaring that fire danger exists within the county and imposing a series of restrictions in hopes of preventing a potentially devastating wildfire.

    “We’re very concerned,” Mora County Manager Rebecca P. Montoya said.

    “This has been a really dry year,” she added. “We’ve had almost no moisture.”

  • Child safety seat event is Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation, Safer New Mexico Now, and the city of Las Vegas have partnered for a free child safety seat fitting station. Having a properly installed child safety seat ensures your child is safe while traveling in a vehicle.

  • Looking Back - March 24, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, March 26 — Top high school journalism, business and drama students will participate in the 18th edition of Highlands Day. Three state-wide organizations — The State Commerce Club, the State High School Press Association and the New Mexico Thespian Conference — will bring 1,300 students to the campus for programs which in each case are highlighted by an awards banquet. The HU music and drama departments will provide a Broadway musical for the visitors — this year the hilarious “Guys and Dolls.”
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 24, 2014

    Community health forum
    The San Miguel Family and Community Health Council will hold a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in Room 322 of the new Student Center at Highlands to inform the public about current health statistics for San Miguel County and to receive input regarding health issues in the area. For information, contact Rosalie Martinez at 429-7986 or Barbara Casey, 429-5904.

  • Weather - March 24, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southeast wind 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 35.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 64. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Breezy.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:59 a.m. to 7:16 p.m.

  • Meet and greet
  • Hospital, union reach deal

    More than six years after employees at Alta Vista Regional Hospital first voted to form a union, they finally have a contract with the hospital.

    Of the 184 employees covered by the union, 95 percent voted Wednesday to ratify the agreement negotiated by the hospital and the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees-District 1199.

    For Amanda Vigil, a registered nurse who has worked at Alta Vista for 10 years, the new contract is a blessing.