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  • Fun at the Refuge - ‘Mission Fly Away’

    Just days before the federal government shut down, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge hosted two events. Thursday morning, seventh grade Memorial Middle School students  and refuge staff released 162 Monarch chrysalis as part of the “Mission Fly Away” Monarch Butterfly program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Debbie Pike, the visitors services manager, Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the students learned about pollination, migration, and the importance of habitat for the butterflies.

  • Free flu shot clinic is Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host its first flu shot clinic of the season from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. The immunization clinic is open to the public and free of charge.

  • Optic brings home 13 Press Association awards

    Staff and Wire

    The Las Vegas Optic won 13 awards at this weekend’s Press Association Convention in Bernalillo.

    The 2012-13 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out during the 105th annual NMPA convention at a Santa Ana Pueblo resort on Saturday. The contest received more than 1,777 entries, the highest turnout in contest history. Judging was completed by the Wyoming Press Association.

    The contest is sponsored jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 2, 2013

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  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 2, 2013

    Free legal fair will be held in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., this Friday, at the Highlands University Student Union Building, 800 National Ave. Attorneys will be available to provide free consultations on a first-come, first-served basis on a variety of civil legal topics, including probate, divorce, custody, landlord/tenant, bankruptcy, unemployment, and immigration. Interpreters will also be available.

  • Weather - Oct. 2, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 82. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming west 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 48. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Breezy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 45. Breezy.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. Breezy. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 25.

  • Chief apologizes for sign flap

    The city code enforcement calls to local real estate agents came after 5 p.m. on Sept. 11. The message: You have until tomorrow to move your real estate signs from the public right of way.

    Within minutes, cell phones began to ring at City Hall, where the mayor and Council were in the middle of a work session. Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and City Councilors paused to take the calls, and they appeared taken aback by the real estate agents’ accounts of the calls.

  • Cardinal Spirit
  • Man accused of taking drugs into jail

    A Las Vegas area man was scheduled to be arraigned in San Miguel County Magistrate Court this morning for allegedly smuggling drugs into the San Miguel County Detention Center back in June.

    An arrest warrant affidavit filed in the case in August and recently obtained by the Optic sheds light on the case.

  • Prof researching low birth weight

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University social work professor Julius Harrington published a new conceptual model that sheds light on low birth weight in African American babies.

    Harrington was the lead author of the article, “The Relationship between Race-Based Self-Talk among African American Women and Poor Birth Outcomes,” in the International Journal of Childbirth Education.