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Local News

  • SynergyFest deemed a success

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The sun was shining for the tenth annual SynergyFest, held in Central Park on the New Mexico Highlands University campus on Saturday.

    Students and families attended the event to enjoy the weather and learn about conservation and sustainable living practices.

  • Tinder-dry
  • Wounded bomb suspect yet to be interviewed

    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — As the lone surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, the American Civil Liberties Union and a federal public defender raised concerns about investigators’ plan to question 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights.

  • Looking Back - April 22, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, April 19 — Two members of the Highlands University baseball squad are rated among the national leaders this week, according to Abe Chanin, editor of Collegiate Baseball. Rookie outfielder Ron Beeman is rated fourth in the nation in batting with a .500 mark with 18 hits in 36 official times at bat. Shortstop Tom Villarreal is rated 11th in the race with a .447 mark. Villarreal is also rated in doubles and home runs. Villarreal is 18th in doubles with five and seventh in home runs with three.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 22, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “There Was a Tree” by Rachel Isadora. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 22, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. A slight chance of rain showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming east 10-15 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Tuesday

  • ‘Warning shot’ turns fatal

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 32-year-old Las Vegas woman is being held on a $1 million bond following her arraignment in San Miguel Magistrate Court Wednesday on a charge of first-degree murder in the shooting death of her boyfriend.

    The shooting occurred after a week-long drinking binge.

  • Artwork from tree stumps
  • Commission rejects drilling ban

    San Miguel County commissioners have ruled out implementing an outright ban on oil and gas extraction in the county, but they directed staff and their consultant to draft an ordinance that imposes strict rules on the industry.

  • County selects probate judge

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to appoint Charlynne Otero probate judge.

    Otero, a paralegal  with the Brown & Gallegos law firm, was one of 15 candidates who applied for the job, and one of two finalists recommended by a committee formed to screen applicants and make a recommendation to the Commission.