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  • NM counties, cities try to lure nuclear waste

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Four government agencies in southeastern New Mexico are getting together to try to persuade the federal government to put a high-level nuclear waste site in their region.

    Eddy and Lea counties and the cities of Carlsbad and Hobbs said this week they’re working on a partnership with French nuclear conglomerate Areva to promote a storage site for waste from nuclear power plants.

  • Education ‘rock stars’ to present at conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    A team called the “rock stars” of education will present at the Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation’s 15th Annual Conference on Education Oct. 11-12, 7-30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at Buffalo Thunder Resort and Conference Center.

    Harry K. Wong and Rosemary Wong, the most sought-after speakers in education and authors of the best-selling book, The First Days of School, will present the keynote session on “Effective Teaching.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 5, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 26 and Oct. 1:
    Keith Martinez, 21, aggravated assault/battery with a deadly weapon
    Venessa Garcia, 22, forgery, possession, delivery, manufacture of drug paraphernalia, shoplifting larceny
    Robert Bowie, 32, forgery, tampering with evidence
    Antonio Goke, 20, assault upon a peace officer, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer
    Armando Garcia, 51, public nuisance
    Juan Rubio, 32, felony warrant

  • Looking Back - Oct. 5, 2012

    In 1962

    Friday, Oct. 5 — The Castañeda Hotel, operated by Leonard Hoskins Post 24, American Legion, will close on Oct. 15. The closing action is brought about by continued financial operating losses,” Elmer C. Mason, post commander, said today.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 5, 2012

    Highlands parade is Saturday

     New Mexico Highlands University will hold its Homecoming parade at 10 a.m. this Saturday. This year’s theme is “Paint the Town Purple – Viva Highlands.” Parade entries may be picked up at the Office of Campus Life in the Student Center or by calling 454-3201, 454-3495, or 454-3590.

  • Weather - Oct. 5, 2012

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 5-15 mph. Areas of drizzle at night. Cloudy, with a low around 33. West wind 10-20 mph, becoming east in the evening.

    Saturday
    Areas of drizzle. Cloudy, with a high near 48. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of light rain at night. Cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Sunday
    Mostly cloudy, with a high near 56. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 39.

    Sunrise ... Sunset

  • Romney barrels out of first debate

    By Kasie Hunt
    and Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press
    DENVER — Little more than a month from Election Day, Republican Mitt Romney is barreling out of the first presidential debate energized by a solid performance that telegraphed his determination to take it to President Barack Obama with gusto. The president, intent on keeping his momentum from stalling, is warning that his GOP rival’s policy prescriptions for a fragile economy are more fantasy than reality.

  • RHS homecoming next week

    Submitted to the Optic

    Robertson High School homecoming week will take place from Tuesday, Oct. 9 to Saturday, Oct. 13. This year’s homecoming theme is “Homecoming Heroes.”

    Tuesday is Hero Day, students are asked to dress up as a super hero or hometown hero.

    Wednesday is Rancher / Farmer Day, dress as a local farmer or rancher.

    Thursday is class color day, seniors - pink, juniors - purple, sophomores, blue and freshman - orange.

  • Feds clear way for energy project

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — A proposed $350 million transmission project is one step closer to opening northeastern New Mexico to more solar and wind energy development thanks to a decision by federal regulators.

    The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission this week approved a request by Lucky Corridor LLC that clears the way for the Colorado-based company to start selling transmission rights and services to energy developers on what would be 93 miles of beefed-up power lines.

  • West coach killed in crash

    A single-vehicle accident Sunday night claimed the life of a 35-year-old man who devoted his life to coaching students both on and off the field.

    Josh Garcia, West Las Vegas Middle School’s football coach, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, about 100 yards north of Louden, on the city’s northwest side, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    “He was pinned in the vehicle, and it took about an hour to extricate him,” the chief added.