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  • Residence hall named for donors

    Three New Mexico Highlands University benefactors who dedicated their estates to providing scholarships to students in this area are being honored by the university.
    Highlands regents voted unanimously last month to name the new student residence hall after Ken and Sue Crimmin and Emiteria “Matie” Martinez Robinson Viles.

    The Crimmins set up an endowment at Highlands worth around $500,000 more than 25 years ago. More than 180 students have received scholarships to attend Highlands through the endowment.

  • FDA issues new food safety rules

    By Mary Clare Jalonick
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says its new guidelines would make the food Americans eat safer and help prevent the kinds of foodborne disease outbreaks that sicken or kill thousands of consumers each year.

  • 25 years of service
  • Looking Back - Jan. 7, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Jan. 8 — With new postal rates in effect yesterday, there was a rush on one-cent stamps at the local post office. It now costs 5 cents to mail a letter, 8 cents for air mail letters, 4 cents for post cards and 6 cents for air mail post cards.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 7, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie is Wednesday

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the public library. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Jan. 7, 2013

    Partly sunny, with a high near 41. South wind 10-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 18.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 45. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 49. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 25.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 51. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:11 a.m. to 5:04 p.m.

  • Background checks pitched for private gun sales

    SANTA FE — A Democratic legislator from Albuquerque proposes to require background checks on people who buy firearms from private gun owners, including at gun shows.

    Rep. Miguel Garcia said Friday the checks would prevent sales of guns to people convicted of crimes and those with a history of mental illness. He will introduce the bill when the Legislature convenes next week.

  • Highlands going green

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    Cisterns have been installed throughout the New Mexico Highlands University campus, giving the school the ability to capture hundreds of thousands of gallons of rain water for watering.

    Hybrids have been introduced into the fleet of vehicles used by the university’s security department, reducing the amount of gas they use.

    And buildings throughout the campus are being constructed and renovated in ways that cut down on the energy needed to maintain them.

  • Taking the plunge - Dozens make icy dip at Storrie

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    Apparently not content with just one dip in the frosty waters of Storrie Lake, Peter Linder went back for seconds.

    And thirds.

    The New Mexico Highlands University history professor was one of an estimated five dozen brave souls who marked New Year’s Day by trotting into the lake for the annual Las Vegas Polar Bear Plunge.

  • ‘Fiscal cliff’ deal leaves lots of issues dangling

    The Associated Press

    The “fiscal cliff” compromise on taxes leaves a big part of the nation’s budget crisis still dangling.

    Lawmakers left themselves only two months to settle differences over how much the United States should borrow and spend and where painful budget cuts should land.

    Here’s a look at some of the issues left hanging:

    • Automatic spending cuts: The deal put off dealing with the nearly $110 billion in automatic spending cuts set for this year.