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  • Looking Ahead - News - April 11, 2012

    Mayoral Q&A session is this Thursday

    Highlands University, through its political science department is sponsoring a question-and-answer session for the mayoral candidates on the ballot for the April 17 runoff. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100. The forum for the Ward 3 candidates was to be held Tuesday evening.

  • Weather - April 11, 2012

    Wednesday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Calm wind becoming south 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. South wind 15-20 mph, becoming west. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy and windy at night, with a low around 36.

  • Seed exchange Saturday

    Submitted the Optic

    Local farmers, ranchers, gardeners and others will gather this Saturday for Las Vegas’ third annual seed exchange, “Compartiendo Semillas.”

    The seed exchange is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Luna Community College cafeteria. Registration is from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

  • 3 school workers split winnings

    By Sarah Brumfield
    The Associated Press

    BALTIMORE — Two public school teachers and a school administrator who call themselves “The Three Amigos” are sharing the spoils of last month’s record Mega Millions jackpot, planning trips to Europe, new homes and children’s college educations, Maryland Lottery officials said Tuesday.

  • In Brief - News - April 11, 2012

    From The Associated Press and Submitted to the Optic

    Celebrating library week

    The Thomas C. Donnelly Library at New Mexico Highlands University celebrates National Library Week April 9-13 with activities for the public and campus community.

    The library is at 802 National Ave.

  • Beef, boots and bull to benefit Ride to Pride

    By Birdie Jaworski
    Submitted to the Optic

    You live in the real Wild West. You wear worn cowboy boots, a dusty Stetson, a braided leather bolo around your collar.

    You eat the hottest chile this side of the Pecos and don’t bat an eye. You have the simple heart and rough hands of a cowboy. But are you man — or woman — enough to ride a bucking mechanical bull?

  • Guardians say boy harassed

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The guardians of a 15-year-old West Las Vegas Middle School student have filed a police report accusing the principal of harassing him and of violating his right to an education.

    Julian and Theresa Weathers say their godson, who has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and requires special education services, is even afraid to go to school these days because principal Steve Sandoval picks on him.

  • How it’s done
  • Highlands hosting talk on wildfires

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is hosting a free public talk on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and watershed health at 12 p.m. Wednesday in Burris Hall, Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    Andrew Egan, New Mexico Forestry and Watershed Restoration Institute director, will also talk about examples of cross-disciplinary research related to forest harvesting

    The university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, is sponsoring the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Two juveniles charged in burglary

    State police have charged two juveniles with a host of crimes for allegedly breaking into a woman’s house late last month and taking a laptop computer, game systems, games, coins and a video camera.

    The 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys were caught with many of the items by the victim’s cousin, according to probable cause statements filed in district court.

    The burglary occurred the night of March 24, and the cousin found the teens and an 18-year old by the river in the Tecolote Land Grant the following day. They were carrying two bags.