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  • 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.

  • Police investigate stabbing

    A 19-year-old man was stabbed early Saturday morning during a brawl outside of a home on the 900 block of Tilden.

    A Las Vegas police officer came upon the scene at 1:24 a.m. Saturday while patrolling the area. He saw at least 15 people on the street and what appeared to be a fight, according to a preliminary police report on the incident.

  • More frosh at Luna - Highlands has 2 percent drop

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Officials at both Luna Community College and New Mexico Highlands University are seeing mixed results when it comes to their fall enrollment numbers.

    Enrollment at Highlands is up on the main campus but down at several of its centers. Total enrollment at Highlands is 3,659, a 2 percent drop from last fall.

    Enrollment at Luna Community College, meanwhile, is down slightly from last fall, but the number of incoming freshmen is up by 63 percent.

  • $283K raised to promote bond issue

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Colleges and universities are banking on a statewide advertising campaign to help avoid a repeat of two years when New Mexico voters rejected a property tax-backed statewide bond proposal to finance renovation and construction projects for higher education.

    The private fundraising foundations of colleges and universities have contributed nearly $261,000 to a political committee advocating voter approval in the general election of $119.4 million for infrastructure projects at campuses across the state.

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 3, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday, Oct. 3 — Four representatives of Las Vegas met yesterday morning with U.S. Senator Dennis Chavez in Albuquerque to discuss proposed development projects for the Las Vegas area and on a good-will visit. Meeting with Senator Chavez were Cap Parkinson, Area Redevelopment head; W.J. Octhterbeck, Rural Area Development; J.R. Nunn, Chamber of Commerce president; and Apolonio Duran, county Democratic chairman, who arranged the meeting before the senator left Washington.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 3, 2012

    Highlands Homecoming Parade is Saturday

    Highlands University will host its homecoming parade at 10 a.m. 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. 3, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Northeast wind 5-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers.

  • Wildlife refuge established

    WATROUS — Thousands of acres of land in Mora County were officially donated to the federal government on Thursday to establish the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge near here.

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on hand for the dedication ceremony.
    The 4,224-acre property — known as the Wind River Ranch — was donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Thaw Charitable Trust.