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  • BREAKING: Gay rights supporters erupt in cheers over ruling

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Chanting "DOMA is Dead," supporters of same-sex marriage burst into cheers Wednesday at news of the Supreme Court's decision invalidating part of a law denying gay marriage partners the same federal benefits heterosexual couples enjoy.

    Sarah Prager, 26, cried when she heard the news standing outside the court. Prager married her wife in Massachusetts in 2011 and now lives in Maryland.

  • NM lowest in child well-being

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It wasn’t so long ago that David Hutchinson spent a month sleeping under a bridge while his wife and young daughter spent their nights at a domestic violence shelter.

    But this wasn’t a case of domestic violence. The couple simply had no choice. There were just no shelters in Phoenix with room for another homeless family, and their top priority was finding a safe place for their daughter.

  • Hands-on learning: Workshops to teach creative arts

    It’s not every day that you hear about coffee being used to develop photographs. On Saturday, community members will actually get an opportunity to learn how to develop film using a good old cup of Joe. The local Parachute Factory organization, located on Bridge Street, is hosting several workshops featuring the coffee film developing technique and other creative arts.

  • Late audits cost East emergency funds

    The state Public Education Department says Las Vegas City Schools isn’t eligible for emergency supplemental funding next year because its audits are late.

    PED spokesman Larry Behrens told the Optic Tuesday in an email that state lawmakers passed  legislation earlier this year requiring a school district to be up to date on its audits in order to receive the emergency funding.

  • Luna partners with Santa Rosa school

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    A partnership between Luna Community College and Santa Rosa High will allow Santa Rosa High School students and community members to take building technology courses beginning in the fall.

    Last Wednesday, Luna’s Board of Trustees agreed to pay half the salary of a building technology instructor. Santa Rosa High Principal Richard Perea said that his school plans to have three building technology classes during the day and postsecondary courses in the evening.

  • Looking Back - June 26, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, June 28 — Sandra Leon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Leon of Rociada, was selected last night as the queen of the 16th National Appaloosa horse show. Miss Leon, a 20-year-old blonde, will reign over the show today through Sunday when the affair winds up. A total of 615 of the Indian-developed Appaloosas are at the show, which is being held in Boise, Ida., Susan Mayor of Tallahassee, Fla., was chosen as first princess.

  • Looking Ahead - News - June 26, 2013

    Music-Fest 2013
    The Heart of David Worship Center and the Las Vegas Dollies present Music-Fest 2013 starting at 1 p.m. this Saturday at NMHU’s Sala de Madrid. The event will feature singers and musicians from churches in the community, and gospel bands from Albuquerque and Lovington. For more information, call 454-3886.

  • Weather - June 26, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 93. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 62. Southeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 62.

    Friday

  • Guilty plea in homicide case

    The woman accused of stabbing two men in January, one of them fatally, has reached a plea agreement in the case.

    Antoinette Armijo, 39, pleaded guilty earlier this month to the most serious charges she was facing, voluntary manslaughter and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, both third-degree felonies. In exchange for her guilty plea on those charges, the 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office has dropped two evidence tampering charges, both fourth-degree felonies.