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  • Jury to decide if death penalty an option

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — John McCluskey is not the vicious pit bull or three-time loser that prosecutors have made him out to be, according to his defense attorneys. Rather, they said Monday that the Arizona inmate convicted of killing an Oklahoma couple while on the run in New Mexico is a remorseful animal lover unable to properly reason because of his abusive childhood and brain defects.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 6, 2013

    In 1963
    Wednesday, Nov. 6 — The Student Madrigal Choir of the University of Muenster, Muenster, West Germany, will present a choral concert at Ilfeld Auditorium Saturday, under the sponsorship of Highlands University. The 57-voice choir is touring the United States for the third time and has made 12 highly successful European tours as well, according to Ronald Wynn, Highlands’ choir director.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 6, 2013

    Camera Club exhibiting photos
    Meadow City Camera Club has an exhibit of photographs in the El Fidel Restaurant until Dec. 6. Eight local photographers have taken “Points of Departure,” each seeing something unique. A reception will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9 at El Fidel Restaurant.

  • Weather - Nov. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 54. Southwest wind around 5 mph. Clear at night, with a low around 29. Northwest wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 58. Light and variable wind becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. Clear at night, with a low around 30.

    Saturday
    Sunny, with a high near 60.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:28 a.m. to 5:01 p.m.

  • No injuries in drive-by shooting

    A Toyota Camry and at least one business on Sixth Street were hit with bullets early Friday morning in what Las Vegas police are investigating as a drive-by.

    There were no injuries, and police have yet to arrest a suspect in the case, said Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    The incident occurred on the 500 block of Sixth Street near Grand Avenue at about 1 a.m. A Toyota Camry parked there had multiple bullet holes and a shattered rear window. The front glass window of Outback Firearms also had a bullet hole.

  • West trying to resolve maintenance problems

    Custodians at the West Las Vegas School District were assured last week that rumors that their jobs are about to be contracted out are false.

    The school board and Superintendent Gene Parson cleared up the rumor during a marathon meeting Wednesday afternoon.   

    But the board did urge maintenance employees to work with district management on several issues, including preventative maintenance and ensuring the district property is clean and presentable.

  • Bank executive leaving post

    A top executive of  Community 1st Bank has resigned his position to accept another job.

    On Thursday, bank President Keith Tucker informed bank staff of the resignation of Executive Vice President Ernesto Salazar. Salazar, who is also a Las Vegas City Schools board member, has served an the executive vice president of the bank for roughly eight years.

    In an email obtained by the Optic, Tucker writes, “I wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”

  • Some species become urbanized - HU grad student studies bears

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University biology graduate student is studying black bears that move between wild and urban areas in northern New Mexico.

    While urban wildlife like coyotes and raccoons are a growing area of research, Casey Taylor’s thesis research is one of the first to study bears.

  • Health care plans ending for 27K New Mexicans

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Nearly 26,000 New Mexicans are having health plans terminated at the end of the year because the insurance policies fail to provide expanded benefits and other coverage mandated by a federal health care law, according to insurance industry officials.

    State Insurance Superintendent John Franchini estimates most of those individual policyholders will pay an average of 35 percent more for new coverage, but will have plans with more benefits.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Nov. 4, 2013

    The Associated Press