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  • Looking Back - Sept. 25, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 25, 2013

    Plein Air Paint Out
    The Las Vegas Plein Air Club will present its second-annual  Plein Air Paint Out. It includes registration, slide show and lecture with Ester O’Fearghail, a Highlands University assistant professor of art. The cost is $25 per participant, $10 for students. The event begins at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3, at the El Zocalo Artist Co-op. Call 505-426-6688.

  • Weather - Sept. 25, 2013

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 53. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday

  • Run marks suicide awareness month

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program will sponsor an “Out of the Darkness” run Sept. 26 to mark Suicide Awareness Month.

    The free event begins at 7 p.m. with registration at the university’s new Student Union Building at Eighth Street and National Avenue. Participants will receive glow sticks, bracelets and mini flashlights to help light the way.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 25, 2013

    Optic staff and wire

    Free legal fair set for Friday

    A free legal fair will be held in Las Vegas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 4 at the New Mexico 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.

  • Four jailed in drug raids

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force arrested four people and seized cocaine, heroin and cash during a raid of two residences in Las Vegas early Thursday morning.

    The search warrants were executed at 2707 Hot Springs Boulevard, Space #9 and at  320 Grand Avenue.

  • Singing the Blues
  • Ortiz: Large class sizes violate law

    Parents from Los Niños Elementary School reiterated their desire to have another teacher at the school during a regular board meeting Thursday.

    In an earlier meeting this month, a similar group of parents expressed their frustration with the district’s handling of class sizes at the school site, particularly the third grade Spanish immersion program classroom at Los Niños Elementary.

  • U.S. DOT to help with flood repairs

    The Associated Press

    Storm-weary New Mexico is getting some help from the federal government on flood cleanup.

    The U.S. Department of Transportation announced Friday it will make immediately available $2 million in emergency relief funds to help the state cover the costs of repairing roads and bridges damaged by severe storms earlier this month.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 23, 2013

    The Associated Press

    King disagrees with governor

    Democratic Attorney General Gary King is taking issue with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez’s suggestion that voters should decide whether to legalize same-sex marriage in New Mexico.
    King, who’s running for governor against Martinez next year, said Friday the best approach is for the state Supreme Court to resolve whether gay marriage is legal in the state. He said it’s a civil right issue.