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  • Weather - Sept. 14, 2016


    HIGH 73° / LOW 51°
    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly before 7 am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 73. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
    6:43 a.m. to 7:09 p.m.


    HIGH 77° / LOW 48°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    6:44 a.m. to 7:07 p.m.


  • Looking Back - Sept. 14, 2016

    Friday, Sept. 9, 1966 — Several new faculty and staff members have joined Highlands University. They are Dr. Merritt McGahan, newly appointed graduate dean; Ralph Quintana, history department; Dr. Robert Muncy, education department; and Dr. Ralph Carlisle Smith, academic dean.

  • An evening of comedy
  • Magic show Friday at Ilfeld

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Mike Super Magic and Illusion show will hit the stage at 7 p.m. Friday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave., on the Highlands campus.

    Super’s appeal to audiences of all ages has made him one of the most sought-after magicians in the United States and internationally.

    Super has garnered numerous awards such as being voted America’s Favorite Mystifier on NBC’s hit TV show Phenomenon.

    He was also named Best Novelty Performer of the Year.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Sept. 14, 2016
  • The rundown

    Brandon Lucero’s interception in the closing minutes allowed Robertson to breathe a sign of relief, sealing the Cardinals’ 21-18 squeaker at Santa Rosa Friday night.

    RHS (3-0 and ranked No. 1 in 4A football) rolled up a season-high 339 rushing yards, including a whopping 263 and two scores by Joseph Paul Griego.

    But the host Lions (0-3) had their own ground attack working and led on three separate occasions.

    Santa Rosa’s Erik Lopez burned the Cards for an 81-yard TD catch on the first play from scrimmage.

  • AG wants answers on OB status

    Six months ago, pregnant women were greeted with a closed sign at the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Since then, many, including New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, have questioned if and when the unit would reopen.

    The sudden closure left dozens of pregnant women without a local hospital to deliver their newborns. To date, there’s been no indication that the hospital will be reopening its OB unit anytime soon.

  • Gun threat prompts lockdown

    Fears that a former city of Las Vegas employee had a gun and was a threat to city officials prompted authorities to lock down City Hall for about an hour Thursday morning.

    The lockdown was lifted after police took the suspect into custody, according to a news release issued by the city.

    Details on the incident are sketchy. Las Vegas police chief Juan Montaño referred all questions on the incident to Lee Einer, the city’s new public information officer.

  • Women Power - La Placita female firefighters outnumber men

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    The women in the La Placita Volunteer Fire Department outnumber the men and blow away the national statistics when it comes the number of female firefighters.

    Located in San Miguel County’s remote Gallinas Canyon, the department has six female firefighters and five male firefighters. In addition, there are three women who volunteer as support staff providing food, water and assistance during emergencies.

  • In Brief - News - Sept. 11, 2016

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press