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  • Bomb threat forces evacuations in Mora

    Students at the Mora Independent School District were ushered out of their classrooms and evacuated from their school buildings shortly before 9 a.m. on Tuesday because of a bomb threat.

    Details about the bomb threat were sketchy as calls to the district’s administration office went directly to voicemail.

    But the district did send out a global email to parents saying, “Bomb threat against school being taken seriously. For safety reasons, all students including Holman evacuated to St. Gertrudes Church.”

  • Looking Back - March 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, March 22 — About 30 members of the “D” Battery National Guard have planned to hike 50 miles, beginning early Sunday morning. The men represent each of the three platoons of the battery. They will meet at Camp Luna at 9 p.m. Saturday and move to the departure point at 1 a.m. Sunday. The hike will begin three miles beyond Wagon Mound and the guardsmen plan to complete their hike back to Las Vegas by 6 p.m. Sunday.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 20, 2013

    Eleven-sees at the museum
    Mariano Ulibarri will be discussing art, technology, Hacker Scouts, the Parachute Factory and the revival of tintypes at 11 a.m. Saturday at the city of Las Vegas Museum. After the lecture a drawing will be held for one of five tintype sessions that will be given away by the Friends of the Museum. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - March 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 56. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 15-25 mph.

    Thursday
    A slight chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Breezy.

    Friday

  • Artist John Noltner to speak at World College

    Submitted to the Optic

    Award-winning photographer, author, and peace advocate John Noltner will speak from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday at United World College-USA in the Kluge Auditorium.

    Noltner will share stories about peace activists and will facilitate conversation about how individuals can work for peace in their communities

    His talk will include a presentation of his project, a book reading, and a question-and-answer dialogue followed by a signing for his book,  A Peace of My Mind: Exploring the Meaning of Peace One Story at a Time.

  • City police dogs moving on

    The Las Vegas Police Department is giving up its two canine officers.

    Officer Kiran, who has been with the Las Vegas police department for eight years, is being retired. She will be allowed to stay in the care of the officer who has been serving as her handler.

    Officer Chicco, who is 4 years old, is being transferred to another law enforcement agency in the state. Chicco was purchased with funding donated by Eagles Lodge.

    The City Council is scheduled to take formal action on approving the retirement and transfer at its meeting this Wednesday.

  • Tough loss
  • Plastic BBs fired at school bus

    Police are investigating an incident that occurred last week in which someone fired plastic BBs at a school bus with kids who were headed home.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon near Legion Park Elementary School.

    No students were injured; the BBs struck the side of the bus.

    Montaño said there are no suspects at this time, although authorities do have a vehicle description. Police believe that an air BB gun was used, and they suspect that male teenagers were the ones who did it.

  • Lawmaker emails private under rule

    State lawmakers approved a rule last week that its sponsor says is meant to exempt legislators’ email and other documents from disclosure through the state’s open records law.

    House Concurrent Resolution 1, which was sponsored by House Minority Leader Donald Bratton, R-Hobbs, won final approval in the Senate shortly before midnight on Wednesday.

    Pete Campos, of Las Vegas, drew statewide attention for being the only senator to vote against the measure, which was opposed by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government.

  • Tax bill OK’d before adjournment

    By Barry Massey and Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers wrapped up their work Saturday by rushing through a last-minute package of business tax cuts supported by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to encourage economic development.

    By approving the tax measure, the Democratic-controlled Legislature averted a possible special session later this year. The governor said she would sign the tax cuts as well as a $5.9 billion state budget she previously had threatened to veto.