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  • Weather - May 6, 2011

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 43. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 45.

    Sunday
    Sunny and breezy, with a high near 80. Partly cloudy and breezy at night, with a low around 43.

  • FYI - News

    High over the Mojave Desert, the stubby-winged SpaceShipTwo bent itself into a near-right angle shape and plunged nearly straight downward for more than a minute before unfolding and gliding to a runway landing before an excited crowd, The Associated Press reported. The test flight Wednesday marked another milestone in Virgin Galactic's effort to be the first company to carry tourists into space.

  • Pakistan army wants cuts

    By Chris Brummitt
    Associated Press

    ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s army on Thursday called for cuts in the number of U.S. military personnel inside the country to protest the American commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and threatened to cut cooperation with Washington if it stages more unilateral raids on its territory.

  • Salazar endorses Latino museum

    By Brett Zongkera
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is endorsing a federal commission’s call to build a national museum devoted to American Latino art, history and culture next to the Capitol as part of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Activists target states

    By Matthew Brown
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday in an effort to force government intervention on climate change.

    The courtroom ploy is backed by high-profile activists looking for a legal soft spot to advance a cause that has stumbled in the face of stiff congressional opposition and a skeptical U.S. Supreme Court.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Boy’s death ruled a homicide

    SANTA FE — The medical examiner says a Santa Fe-area boy’s death resulted from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. The Office of the Medical Investigator released results of an autopsy Tuesday into the death of 3-year-old Leland Valdez in January.

  • 4 East finalists left jobs early

    Four of the five finalists for the Las Vegas City Schools superintendent post were shown the door by their previous employers before their contracts expired, and at least three of them continued to receive their superintendent salaries even though they were no longer carrying out their job responsibilities, the Optic has learned.

    Finalists Marc Space, Eric Martinez, Sheri Williams and Paul Gregory Rockhold were each stripped of their responsibilities as superintendents at the schools they previously led.

  • ‘Justice has been done’

    By Adam Goldman
    and Chris Brummitt
    The Associated Press

    Americans awoke on Monday to a world without Osama bin Laden, and many felt jubilation, a surge of patriotism and a sense that their prayers had been answered and that the U.S. had finally avenged the nearly 3,000 people killed that bright September day nearly a decade ago.

    “Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said late Sunday from the White House in an announcement that seemed sure to lift his own political standing.

  • Coop: Too late to add voting site

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s District 4 election slated for May 10 will move forward as planned with only one voting site because it’s too late to provide proper notice of changes, the coop’s governing board decided Monday.

    “A decision was made to move forward with the Tecolote election,” coop General Manager Abran Romero said.

  • Local group starts Gallinas project

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several residents from the Gallinas, Tecolote and Sapello valleys have formed the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to address watershed health in the Las Vegas area and surrounding communities.

    “Our water comes from the mountains,” said Alliance director Lea Knutson. ”If we want to make sure we have good water, we need to take care of the mountains and streams.”