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  • Looking Ahead - Oct. 3, 2011

    Homecoming Week at Highlands University

    This week’s homecoming festivities for Highlands University begin with the painting of the “H” at 11 a.m. today (the public is invited) and concludes with the homecoming game against Adams State at 6 p.m. Saturday in Perkins Stadium. For more information about this week’s homecoming schedule, pick up a copy of “Homecoming 201l,” inserted into Friday’s Optic, or visit www.nmhu.edu.

  • Weather - Oct. 3, 2011

    Monday
    Sun and clouds mixed with a slight chance of thunderstorms during the afternoon. High of 73 degrees. Southwest wind at 10-20 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Low of 45 degrees at night.

    Tuesday
    Isolated thunderstorms possible with a high around 71 degrees. South wind at 15 mph. Chance of rain 30 percent. Low around 44 degrees.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas’ neighbor to the east, Tucumcari, now needs a new city manager. City commissioners fired city manager Bobbye Rose on Thursday by a 3-2 vote, city officials told the Clovis News Journal. Mayor Jim Witcher did not give a reason for the dismissal, but said it had “absolutely nothing” to do with Rose applying for Lincoln County manager.

  • Planning meeting next week for recycling program

    Submitted to the Optic

    San Miguel County has received $103,650 in funding by a Department of Energy grant received by the New Mexico Recycling Coalition as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program (“stimulus funds”) being spent to support recycling through the hub and spoke model – a solid waste management system with a centralized processing facility (hub) providing services to smaller surrounding communities (spokes).

  • Local tot in ‘cutest’ contest

    Peyton Richardson has always been a fighter, so it likely comes as no surprise to anyone who knows her that the spirited 2-year-old has muscled her way to the front of the pack in a national cutest babies contest being sponsored by NBC’s Today With Kathie Lee and Hoda.

    Peyton, of Las Vegas, beat out about 40,000 other babies to claim one of the top 10 semifinalist spots in the contest. Semifinalists were announced during Wednesday’s show.

  • Senior Profile - Antoinette Fox

    Antoinette Fox calls herself a “private person” but nonetheless has done her part to impact the public sector to make positive differences.

    I like being involved with the community, learning from and being educated by its members. I am a ‘lucky one’ — very shy, self-employed — and I choose my political battles carefully because it’s both an advantage and a disadvantage to be an outsider.”

  • Police nab 23-year-old escapee

    A 23-year-old Las Vegas woman who escaped from police custody a month ago after being arrested on burglary and other charges was apprehended this past weekend.

    Kristin Hoogerhuis, of the 700 block of Taos Street, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center this past Saturday, Sept. 24, and is being held in lieu of a $40,000 cash only bond.

    Hoogerhuis is charged with auto burglary, conspiracy and escape from custody of a peace officer, all fourth-degree felonies, and with a petty misdemeanor count of larceny.

  • City moving forward with water projects

    The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to publish requests for proposals for two water projects that one city councilor says are critical to the city’s future.

    The first RFP seeks professional engineering consulting services for design, environmental and permitting for the rehabilitation and reservoir enlargement of Peterson Dam. The second seeks professional engineering consulting services for design, environmental and permitting for desalination of brackish groundwater being produced by Taylor Well No. 7.

  • Block to resign in plea deal

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Public Regulation Commissioner Jerome Block Jr. is resigning as part of a plea agreement Wednesday with the attorney general’s office over the misuse of taxpayer money and election law violations.

    Block pleaded guilty in state district court to felony charges, including fraudulent use of a state-issued gasoline card and identity theft.

  • Feds work with pueblo on fire recovery

    By Susan
    Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The damage done to one Native American community’s ancestral lands by the largest wildfire in New Mexico’s recorded history is being assessed as part of a new agreement reached between tribal leaders and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

    An agency contractor this week started collecting aerial photographs of the burned area along Santa Clara Pueblo’s charred canyon as the first step in the watershed assessment.