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  • Looking Ahead - News - April 10, 2013

    Green infrastructure talk set for Thursday  
    The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is sponsoring a presentation on how natural systems can improve urban watershed health. The presentation will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in room G35 Donnelly Library.

  • Weather - April 10, 2013

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 42. East wind around 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 33.

  • Correction - April 10, 2013

    A caption accompanying the Fiesta de La Hispanidad photograph in Friday’s Optic misidentified a performer. The person photographed is Latina.
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    A story in the March 23 edition of the Optic misidentified the organization the proceeds from the Free to Breathe event were to go to. Proceeds went to the National Lung Cancer Partnership.

  • Thatcher rejected feminist label

    By Jill Lawless
    The Associated Press

    LONDON — She was Britain’s first female leader, a strong woman who battled her way to the top of a male-dominated political system — but don’t call Margaret Thatcher a feminist.

  • Cops: DWI crash kills 2

    Two West Las Vegas Middle School students lost their lives and six other people were injured in a single-vehicle rollover early Saturday morning near Tecolote that authorities say was alcohol related.

    Kayla Martinez, 14, and Aleandra Sanchez, 12, were confirmed dead at the scene of the accident, state police confirmed Saturday.

    Martinez was an eighth-grade student at the middle school, while Sanchez was in seventh grade. State police say alcohol, speed and reckless driving were contributing factors to the crash that claimed the two young lives.

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  • Chemical spills into reservoir

    The city and its contractors were scrambling late last week after a drilling subcontractor working at Bradner Dam ruptured a hydraulic line, spilling an estimated five to 10 gallons of hydraulic fluid into the reservoir.

    City officials stress that there is no threat to the drinking water, despite text messages being sent out from anonymous individuals indicating otherwise.

  • Highlands funded for wildlife study

    By Margaret McKinney
    Las Vegas Optic
    New Mexico Highlands University was awarded a $10,000 grant to research the impact of restoration activities at the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge and elsewhere in New Mexico have had on native wildlife.  
    The environmental protection, conservation and restoration division of CITGO, a petroleum company, awarded the research grant to Highlands. Biology professor Jésus Rivas is the principal investigator.

  • Gov signs $5.9B state budget

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s state workers and educators are in line for their first across-the-board pay increase in four years under a nearly $5.9 billion state budget signed into law Friday by Gov. Susana Martinez.
    The governor used her line-item veto powers to trim $1.7 million from next year’s spending in the budget, but she left intact provisions that allocate about $33 million for 1 percent salary increases for public employees, including school workers, in the fiscal year that starts July 1.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 8, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Hours extended for unemployed
    Jobless New Mexicans now have more options for when they log into the state’s new unemployment insurance claims system.
    Labor officials announced this week that the system will be accessible Sunday through Friday from 4 a.m. to 7 p.m. for about 23,000 claimants and 45,000 employers across the state.