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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 22, 2013

    Art show wraps up Tuesday

    The “Ban Fracking” Art Show and Poster Contest is showing until Feb. 26 at Traveler’s Café. Come view artwork from local children and adults on banning fracking in San Miguel County. Hours are: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Weather - Feb. 22, 2013

    Friday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 39. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 17. West wind around 15 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 22.

    Sunday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 37. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 15.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:39 a.m. to 5:50 p.m.

  • NM Senate, House at odds over changes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers are at odds over how to carry out a voter mandate for increasing the qualifications for future members of the state’s utility regulatory agency.

    The Senate approved a proposal Wednesday on a 32-8 vote that differs significantly from a House-passed measure setting new standards for Public Regulation Commission members.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 22, 2013

    TODAY HOY
    • Benefit Volleyball Tournament to benefit an educational trip for Ethan Abreu and Alicia Baca, co-ed and is $100 a team. Takes place on March 2. For more information, contact Antoinette Abreu at 505-617-3608 or Julie Santistevan at 505-652-8822. Deadline is Feb. 22.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Meat processing plant opens

    Martinez & Sons Processing opened its doors for business Monday morning. By that afternoon, two steers and two heifers had already been brought in to be harvested.

    “It feels really good. It’s a long time coming,” said Timoteo Martinez who, along with his family, has been working to get the slaughterhouse off the ground for about three years.

    Martinez & Sons Processing, LLC. is the first commercial meat processing agricultural business in Las Vegas, serving area ranchers.

  • Optic’s McDonald leaving post

    Tom McDonald, who has served as the Optic’s editor and publisher for more than eight years, has announced plans to resign to start his own business.

    The resignation is tentatively effective in mid-March. Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., the Optic’s parent company, has announced that Optic managing editor Martin Salazar will take over as interim general manager and editor upon McDonald’s departure until a permanent replacement for McDonald is selected.

    The newspaper’s staff was told of the resignation Monday afternoon.

  • Another term - Highlands regent re-appointed

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    Gov. Susana Martinez has nominated Leveo Sanchez to another term on the Highlands University Board of Regents, and she has selected Michael Martinez to serve as student regent, the university announced last week.

    The nominations are subject to confirmation by the state Senate, Highlands President Jim Fries said in an email to the university’s students, faculty and staff. Sanchez’s current appointment will continue until then and Martinez will start his term once he is confirmed.

  • West school district gets clean audit

    Members of the West Las Vegas School Board got good news last week. The 2011-2012 audit has been completed, and the district passed with flying colors, garnering an unqualified audit opinion — the best opinion a public agency can get.

    The audit was performed by the firm of Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.

    During it’s regular meeting last week, the board voted unanimously to approve the audit.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 20, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Woman missing in Rowe area

    Search and rescue teams were called out to help look for a couple who got lost around the Rowe Mesa area after the car they were in got stuck, according to San Miguel Search and Rescue.
    Niki Sebastian, the public information officer for the local search and rescue team, said Monday evening that the man was found and was being treated at St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The man’s girlfriend, however, had not been found, Sebastian said.

  • Samaritan House fundraiser Saturday at UWC castle

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA is hosting a community fundraiser for the Samaritan House from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the campus’ Montezuma Castle ballroom.

    The evening will feature international cuisine, a cultural performance emceed by Sara Harris, special activities, and a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the local Samaritan House in support of its mission to provide food and shelter to people in the community.