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  • Looking Back - May 1, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 1, 2013

    Cinco de Mayo dance at Recreation Center
    A Cinco de Mayo Youth Dance at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center is set for 6 to 9 p.m. this Friday. Cost is $3. A DJ wll provide musical entertainment. The dance will also be supervised by center staff, and a concession stand will be available.

  • Weather - May 1, 2013

    Wednesday
    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. West wind 10-15 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 24. Blustery, with a northeast wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday

  • Clarification - May 1, 2013

    A story in the April 24 edition of the Optic reported that District Judge Eugenio Mathis was forced off the bench in late February for misconduct. In fact, Mathis resigned his position after being accused of misconduct as part of an agreement that was approved by the state Supreme Court. Mathis retained his retirement benefits, but he is not allowed to hold judicial office in New Mexico again.

  • HU singers to present musical show ‘Witches’

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers present a musical production Witches at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    All tickets for Witches are $5. Highlands University students with valid IDs are free.

    The music includes lively selections from two popular Broadway musicals: Stephen Schwartz’ Wicked andStephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods.

  • HU regents hike tuition

    New Mexico Highlands University regents approved steep increases for tuition and fees on Friday, accepting President Jim Fries’ recommendation that Highlands tuition needs to be more in line with what Western New Mexico University and Eastern New Mexico University are charging.

    Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees, meanwhile, has decided that there will be no tuition increases at their school next year.

  • Arbor Day celebration
  • Beer sales at ball park criticized

    The city’s plans to begin selling beer at the Henry Martinez Field during professional baseball games ran into opposition last week, prompting the City Council to postpone action on awarding a request for proposal to a local company that wants to sell beer at the ball games.

    The opposition came from Ray Collins, who lost five members of his family in a drunk driving crash in November 2006, and from several other community members who attended last week’s Council meeting.

  • University building opens with fanfare

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    More than three years after construction began on New Mexico Highlands University’s Student Union Building, the school held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate its completion.

    The ceremony was held on Friday and featured performances by the NMHU Mariachi Band Vaqueros de la Sierra and speeches by many involved in the project. The reception provided light refreshments, including catering by cafeteria company A’viands and samples provided by Einstein Bros., the new student center café.

  • Looking Back - April 29, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, April 30 — Three adults were fined $25 each and five juveniles were taken before juvenile authorities as the result of a street fight on Fourth Street, between National and Columbia Saturday night. Most of the participants in the affray were from Hot Springs Boulevard, Railroad Avenue and Commerce Street. They appeared before City Police Magistrate R.W. Eastland.