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  • Looking ahead — March 30, 2012

    The Oklahoma Masonic Indian Degree Team performance, 4 p.m. this Saturday at the Ilfeld Ballroom in the Plaza Hotel. Performance and dinner is $40. For more information, contact Rudy Laumbach at 454-0033.

  • Looking Back — March 30, 2012

    In 1912

    Friday, March 29 — The State Federation of Women has begun a movement which it hopes will result in the appointment of women as members of the boards of regents in the various educational institutions in New Mexico. Representatives of the Federation in Las Vegas have sent to Gov. W.C. McDonald a petition praying that Mrs. W. J. Fugale of this city be appointed.

  • Torres and Lujan crowned

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen Pageant was held on Sunday, March 25 at the West Las Vegas High School Cafeteria.  

    Gabrielle Torres was crowned Miss Las Vegas’ Outstanding Teen 2012 and Savannah Lujan was named first runner-up.  

    Lujan was also crowned Miss Photogenic for raising the most money in the photogenic competition.

  • East chief likely to keep post

    Las Vegas City Schools Interim Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez continues to receive high marks on her evaluations.

    Her performance has been so impressive that board President Felix Alderete told the Optic that he, personally, would be in favor of granting McNellis-Martinez a contract to continue serving as superintendent. And this time around, he said, the board might even drop the “interim” from McNellis-Martinez’s job title.

    Her current contract with the district expires at the end of June.

  • Vegas man charged in shooting

    A 19-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested over the weekend after police say he fired a shotgun into a travel trailer at an RV park on Harris Road, injuring a woman who was inside with her 2-year-old daughter and a friend.

    Witness statements indicate the shooting was the result of a drug deal gone bad.

    Gabriel Wezwick, whose address is listed as the 200 block of Gabe Road, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash-only bond.

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  • Garcia to sue over Campos candidacy

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state legislator said Monday he plans a lawsuit challenging the candidacy of a longtime Democratic state senator, who’s among a dozen candidates facing questions over the validity of their filings to get on the June primary ballot.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran said she will place the candidates, including seven legislators, on the ballot based on the advice of the Attorney General’s Office. However, it appears likely that the courts will end up resolving the election year dispute.

  • Highlands workers to get bonuses

    New Mexico Highlands University employees who haven’t seen a pay raise since the fall of 2009 will get bonuses next month.

    Full time employees who have been with the university prior to Jan. 1 will get one-time $500 bonuses in April. Regular part-time employees will be given prorated bonuses.

  • Prescribed burn under way in Pecos/Las Vegas district

    Submitted to the Optic

    A 144 acre prescribed burn was to have begun Tuesday on the Santa Fe National Forest, weather conditions permitting.

    Fire managers plan to treat 50 to 100 acres per day within a two day period.

    The name of the project is the Southwest Barbero prescribed burn. The treatment is expected to take place 12 miles south of the Rowe/Glorieta Mesa near Forest Road 124, and 12 miles south of Pecos. Treatment will be by hand ignitions.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, March 12 — San Miguel County residents secured good appointments at the hands of the state legislature. Manuel D. Pino was made Sergeant at Arms and Nepumoceno Duran was selected as reading clerk of the senate.