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  • Salazar endorses Latino museum

    By Brett Zongkera
    Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar is endorsing a federal commission’s call to build a national museum devoted to American Latino art, history and culture next to the Capitol as part of the Smithsonian Institution.

  • Activists target states

    By Matthew Brown
    The Associated Press

    BILLINGS, Mont. — A group of attorneys using children and young adults as plaintiffs plans to file legal actions in every state and the District of Columbia on Wednesday in an effort to force government intervention on climate change.

    The courtroom ploy is backed by high-profile activists looking for a legal soft spot to advance a cause that has stumbled in the face of stiff congressional opposition and a skeptical U.S. Supreme Court.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Boy’s death ruled a homicide

    SANTA FE — The medical examiner says a Santa Fe-area boy’s death resulted from blunt-force trauma to the head and neck. The Office of the Medical Investigator released results of an autopsy Tuesday into the death of 3-year-old Leland Valdez in January.

  • 4 East finalists left jobs early

    Four of the five finalists for the Las Vegas City Schools superintendent post were shown the door by their previous employers before their contracts expired, and at least three of them continued to receive their superintendent salaries even though they were no longer carrying out their job responsibilities, the Optic has learned.

    Finalists Marc Space, Eric Martinez, Sheri Williams and Paul Gregory Rockhold were each stripped of their responsibilities as superintendents at the schools they previously led.

  • ‘Justice has been done’

    By Adam Goldman
    and Chris Brummitt
    The Associated Press

    Americans awoke on Monday to a world without Osama bin Laden, and many felt jubilation, a surge of patriotism and a sense that their prayers had been answered and that the U.S. had finally avenged the nearly 3,000 people killed that bright September day nearly a decade ago.

    “Justice has been done,” President Barack Obama said late Sunday from the White House in an announcement that seemed sure to lift his own political standing.

  • Coop: Too late to add voting site

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative’s District 4 election slated for May 10 will move forward as planned with only one voting site because it’s too late to provide proper notice of changes, the coop’s governing board decided Monday.

    “A decision was made to move forward with the Tecolote election,” coop General Manager Abran Romero said.

  • Local group starts Gallinas project

    Submitted to the Optic

    Several residents from the Gallinas, Tecolote and Sapello valleys have formed the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance to address watershed health in the Las Vegas area and surrounding communities.

    “Our water comes from the mountains,” said Alliance director Lea Knutson. ”If we want to make sure we have good water, we need to take care of the mountains and streams.”

  • Looking Back

    In 1911

    Wednesday, May 3 — Gaining entrance through a small window eight feet above the level of the sidewalk, after having failed to get in through the cellar, burglars early this morning ransacked the store of M. Greenberger, corner of Grand and Lincoln Avenues. The thieves made away with several articles of merchandise and a small amount of money, which had been left in the cash register. Mr. Greenberger says the money taken was less than $10 although he does not know the exact amount.

  • Looking Ahead

    Forum for superintendent finalists Thursday

    Las Vegas City Schools will hold a community forum from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Robertson High School band room to introduce finalists for the superintendent position to the community. The public will be allowed to ask questions of the finalists through a facilitated process.

  • Weather - May 4, 2011

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph increasing to 20-25 mph. Winds could gust as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. North wind 15-20 mph decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 70. East wind 5-15 mph becoming south. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 39.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 77. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41.