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  • Art philanthropist - Highlands’ Bell exhibit opens Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands opening for the Dr. Robert Bell Permanent Art Collection featuring New Mexico painters and printmakers is Friday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Margaret Kennedy Alumni Hall, 905 University Ave.

  • Activist to appeal home rule decision

    The local activist who filed suit against San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera for her refusal to sign off on a home rule petition for the county says he will appeal a judge’s ruling that state law doesn’t allow for San Miguel County to pursue home rule.

  • State steps in to help Guard workers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration stopped the furlough of several dozen civilian workers for the National Guard on Monday by having the state cover their salaries this week while a federal government shutdown continues.

    The 55 federally funded state employees maintain Guard facilities across the state, and include the staff responsible for computer security and construction management, National Guard spokesman Capt. Brian Raphael said.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 16, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 16, 2013

    Pre-tailgate barbecue set for Friday
    Alta Vista Regional Hospital is hosting a free community-wide pre-tailgate barbecue in celebration of New Mexico Highlands University’s 120th Anniversary from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday at the hospital’s employee parking lot. Don’t forget to wear purple.

  • Weather - Oct. 16, 2013

    Wednesday
    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 44. Southeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. New snow accumulation of 1-2 inches possible. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27. Southwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 62. Northwest wind 5-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday

  • Bridge Street award celebrated

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    A crowd nearing 100 in number gathered at the Bridge Street Breezeway event celebrating Bridge Street’s designation of “One of 10 Great Streets in America” Saturday.

    The crowd was regaled by the music of New Mexico Highlands University Vaqueros de la Sierra, directed by Benny Lucero.

  • Dons school spirit
  • West schools crank up furnaces

    Many residents have turned on their heating systems or started burning wood in their fireplaces recently due to cold night temperatures.  

    The West Las Vegas Middle School and High School finally have heat as well. For years, both schools have had problems with their heating units.

    Via telephone, Bill Kipnis of Energy Concepts Inc. told the school board last week that although the company has not completed all the work, both sites have heat in the buildings.

  • Review - How unusual can you get?

    For the Optic

    One of the kickoff events for NMHU’s 120th Birthday/Homecoming schedule was a variety show Saturday evening at Ilfeld Auditorium, billed “Politics as Unusual Variety Show Featuring New Mexico Elected Officials.”

    They couldn’t have given it a better billing, as the various individuals undoubtedly showed the small but grateful audience a side of the featured public officials in a light that the general public might never have expected.