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  • Looking Back - April 7, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, April 6 — William R. “Billy” Elias, who has been rumored to be a write-in candidate for mayor in the City, today confirmed the fact that he is running. “I was asked by a top official of the City to withdraw from the race. He said that since I could not possibly win it would be better for me to withdraw now than face the consequences Wednesday morning. As for now, I am going out and campaign for the position of mayor.” He will oppose incumbent Mayor Frank Olmstead.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 7, 2014

    International presentation at Highlands
    A group of international students enrolled at Highlands will provide information on their respective home countries, including Pakistan, Tajikistan and Russia. The program is scheduled for 6 p.m. today (Monday) at the theater of the new Student Union Building on Eighth and National.

  • Weather - April 7, 2014

    Monday
    Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming light and variable.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 5 -15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:39 a.m. to 7:27 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 7, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • State Supreme Court intervenes in investment suit

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s highest court has temporarily put on hold a lawsuit by a state agency seeking to recover money for investment deals it contends were influenced by political considerations during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration.

    The move by the Supreme Court came earlier this week at the request of former pension fund investment officer Frank Foy, who brought whistleblower lawsuits in 2008 and 2009 alleging a pay-to-play scheme involving state investments.

  • Castañeda Hotel deal a go

    Break out the champagne.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt is moving forward with his plans to purchase the historic Castañeda Hotel, with the deal scheduled to close on Tuesday.

    And Gov. Susana Martinez and other state officials will be in Las Vegas on April 14 for a celebration to mark the milestone and welcome the new owners, Affeldt, Tina Mion and Daniel Lutzick. MainStreet de Las Vegas sent out invitations Thursday inviting the entire community to the event.

  • Two vying to head East schools

    Two familiar longtime educators are in the running for the superintendent position at Las Vegas City Schools.

    Barbara Perea Casey and Ruben Cordova recently submitted their applications for the position and both will be interviewed by the board on Saturday. Board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the board received three applications, although one of the applicants — a current principal at the district — did not meet the minimum qualifications.

  • Public service project
  • Conchas area ranchers for drilling

    CONCHAS DAM — San Miguel County commissioners got an earful from constituents Wednesday on the draft oil and gas ordinance that they are considering.

    But this time around, most of the speakers complained that the proposed ordinance goes too far in its efforts to regulate oil and gas drilling in San Miguel County, and that it is so restrictive that it amounts to an unlawful taking of private property without compensation.

  • Child welfare reforms unveiled

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Responding to what she called the tragic death of a 9-year-old Albuquerque boy, Gov. Susana Martinez unveiled more than a dozen policy changes and directives on Wednesday intended to reform the way child abuse cases are investigated in New Mexico.

    The moves came in response to criticism that the system did not do enough to protect Omaree Varela, who police said was kicked to death by his mother after previous reports of abuse.