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  • 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.

  • Mineral Hill fire caused by hot ashes

    A 30-acre blaze in the Mineral Hill area was 70 percent contained as of Saturday night with fire crews mopping up what was left of the fire on Sunday, according to State Forestry.

    The blaze sent black plumes of smoke billowing into the air.

    The 283 Fire, as it has been dubbed, was reported to be human-caused, sparked by hot ashes.

    “There were no evacuations of the threatened structures,” State Forestry said in a news release. “Buildings were summer cabins with no current occupancy.”

  • SynergyFest deemed a success

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The sun was shining for the tenth annual SynergyFest, held in Central Park on the New Mexico Highlands University campus on Saturday.

    Students and families attended the event to enjoy the weather and learn about conservation and sustainable living practices.

  • Tinder-dry