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  • Shots fired outside Walmart

    Las Vegas police were dispatched to the Walmart parking lot late Thursday in reference to a report of people in vehicles shooting, Chief Christian Montaño said.

    No one appears to have been injured.

    Montaño said officers responded in less than a minute. The suspects, however, had already left the scene.

    As of Sunday morning, they had not been located, though officers were going over store video surveillance footage.

    Two casings were found on the ground, Montaño said.

  • Highlands regents hike tuition

    Students at New Mexico Highlands University will have to dig a little deeper to cover the cost of their college education next year.

    The Highlands Board of Regents approved a nearly 10.6 percent tuition and fee hike for resident undergraduate and graduate students on Wednesday. In-state, full-time undergraduate students will pay $312 more a year, bringing their annual tuition and fees to $3,264.

    Full-time, in-state graduate students will pay $336 more a year. Out-of-state students, meanwhile, were hit with a 15 percent increase.

  • King of the Party

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Alex Reymundo remembers the day he told his mother he wanted to be a rock star.

    He was 15 or 16 at the time, and his worried mother couldn’t help but point out that he didn’t play guitar or sing.

  • Governor signs school grading bill

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    EDGEWOOD — Gov. Susana Martinez signed into law legislation that enacts the first step of her plan for reforming New Mexico’s struggling education system.

  • Radiation found in milk

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Low levels of radiation have turned up in milk samples from two West Coast states. Officials say there is no public health threat.

    Traces of radioactive Iodine-131 were found in milk in California and Washington state, according to federal and state authorities who are monitoring for contamination as the nuclear crisis unfolds in Japan.

    The officials say the levels are still 5,000 times below levels of concern.

  • Cirque Montage to perform

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Montage at 4 p.m. on April 10 in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Cirque Montage has a reputation for dazzling audiences with its traditional and cutting-edge circus acts featuring acrobats, aerial strap artists, balancers, contortionists, jugglers, acro-dancers and much more.

    Cirque Montage formed in 2005, features artists from Cirque du Soleil as well as new talent.  

  • Autopsy: dog bites killed NM man

    By Sue Major Holmes
    Associated Press Writer

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bites from a relentless pack of dogs killed a 55-year-old man with a history of seizures who was found lying unconscious along the side of a road while the animals mauled him, a medical examiner's report said.

    McKinley County deputies had to chase the dogs away so emergency medical technicians could help Larry Armstrong, who was found lying on the ground Dec. 8 in the small community of Sundance, on Navajo Nation land near Gallup.

  • In Brief

    The Associated Press

    Police chief back in court

    LAS CRUCES — A federal judge is to hear an appeal Thursday from the police chief of a New Mexico border town who is one of a dozen people accused of being part of a gun smuggling ring that prosecutors allege bought weapons to send to Mexico.

    The suspended Columbus police chief, 40-year-old Angelo Vega, has appealed an order to hold him pending trial.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office opposes his release, and filed a response Wednesday to his appeal.

  • Murder suspect arraigned

    Suzanne Aguilar called 911 at about 7:26 a.m. Friday and told the dispatcher that she had stabbed her husband.

    When police arrived at the home on the 1400 block of Salazar Street, they found Michael Martinez lying on a bed and could see that he had been stabbed. He wasn’t breathing, and his body was cold. Officers tried to revive him but were unsuccessful.

    Those are among the scant details contained in court documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday charging Aguilar, 45, with an open count of murder and tampering with evidence.

  • School on the Rise

    Two years ago, Paul D. Henry Elementary was designated as a school in need of improvement. Now it’s being recognized by the state for its success in student achievement.

    What a difference two years make.

    “Paul D. Henry is now one of only 15 schools in the state that was named a ‘School on the Rise’ by Gov. Susana Martinez,” Principal Aylene Romero-Griego said.