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  • Looking Ahead - News - April 24, 2013

    Pageant deadline is Friday

    The entry deadline for the fifth annual Baby Miss Las Vegas and Baby Mister Las Vegas Pageant is Friday. Entry forms may be picked up at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center or the Chamber of Commerce or can be obtained by sending an email to ortiz87701@yahoo.com. The pageant, slated for June 2, is sponsored by the Miss Las Vegas Scholarship Organization.

  • Weather - April 24, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy, with a south wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. Breezy, with a south wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 7a.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 59. Breezy, with a south wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 37. Breezy.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - April 24, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Police: Man kills ex, himself

    SANTA FE — Española police say a man and his ex-girlfriend are dead after a homicide-suicide after the man stopped her while both were driving in the northern New Mexico city.
    According to police, 36-year-old Sergio Gandara shot and killed 33-year-old Janeth Bojorquez after using his vehicle to stop hers and then removed her from her car at gunpoint.

  • Forum on drones Monday

    By Bob and Carrol Pearson
    Amnesty International

    Imagine! You are outside and hear a buzzing noise overhead.  It is all too familiar. You know that it is an aircraft, with a “pilot” thousands of miles away.

    It may be watching you through its sensitive cameras, relaying information to a “sensor operator,” also thousands of miles away.  

    These “unmanned aerial vehicles” (UAVs) are also called drones.  They have been used to kill people and increasingly are being used for surveillance.

  • Violence prevention walk today

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program will sponsor a “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” event today (Wednesday) to mark Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

    The campus event begins at 5:30 p.m. at the university’s Champ Tyrone Music Building parking lot at 11th Street and Baca Avenue and winds through campus to the Sala de Madrid Building. The public is welcome.

  • Music magic - Santa Fe Opera program to stop in Meadow City

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Santa Fe Opera’s musical ambassadors have set out on the annual spring tour with stops throughout New Mexico and Texas.

    Soprano Sara Heaton and tenor Joshua Dennis, both former apprentices, along with Music Director Kirt Pavitt, started the three week-long journey earlier this month in Tucumcari and will end in Moriarty on May 3. The trio will offer school performances and free concerts for families.

  • Connecting entrepreneurs with financing alternatives

    Submitted to the Optic

    Valerie Hayden, a local small business owner and entrepreneur network coordinator, knows that sometimes a business idea needs financial assistance to come to fruition. On Thursday evening, George Kenefic of the Loan Fund will talk to area entrepreneurs about financing options from the company.

    “The Loan Fund Comes to Las Vegas” will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Kennedy Lounge on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

  • BREAKING — Magistrate Court Judge Philip Romero resigns

    San Miguel County Magistrate Judge Philip Romero announced his resignation on Monday.

    Romero's resignation becomes effective at the end of the month.

    See Wednesday's paper for additional coverage of Romero's resignation.

  • City cited for illegal dumping

    The state Environment Department has issued two notices of violation to the city of Las Vegas for illegal dumping behind the Rodriguez Park complex, on the city’s west side.

    The state Environment Department’s Environmental Protection Division and Solid Waste Bureau issued the notices of violation on April 10 and April 17, prompting the city to spring to action.

  • Purr-fect ending - Feline rescued at truck stop

    What could have been CATastrophic may instead have a PURRfect ending for Nembi, an elusive female feline that was due to be reunited with her family Sunday.

    On April 2, Teisha Tackett, currently living in North Dakota, was driving from Buckeye, Ariz., with her three children and their pet cat, Nembi. As the family stopped for a break at the rest area near Wagon Mound, the mouser slipped away.

    Two hours of calling her and even having a can of tuna handy as bait failed to draw the cat back to the car.