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  • Coed fends off attacker

    A New Mexico Highlands University student didn’t hesitate to act when a man attacked her on the Gallinas Riverwalk near New Mexico Highlands University on Thursday evening.

    The woman managed to fend off her attacker by punching him in the face, spraying him with pepper spray and then running to her car, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    But the attacker has yet to be caught, and Montaño is urging the public to be careful and to take precautions.

  • Keeping you honest
  • Councilman: Didn’t seek alley work

    In recent weeks city of Las Vegas workers have placed asphalt millings in the alley behind the 1100, 1200 and 1300 blocks of Commerce Street.

    The material has given it a pavement-like feel, arguably making it one of the nicest alleys in Las Vegas.

    City officials say the fact that that alley is behind the home of Councilman Joey Herrera and his neighbors had nothing to do with the decision to  fix it.

  • Change lies ahead for East students

    Las Vegas City Schools students and staff will return to a new school year with several changes.

    The biggest change, of course, will be the four-day school week. Another big change is the attire students can wear to school.

    Then there are the changes in administration that have taken place over the summer, although those changes are minor compared to last summer’s complete reorganization.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez said  the changes will benefit students, who return to class on Monday, Aug. 20.

  • Governor to speak at GOP convention

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez has been tapped to speak at the Republican National Convention, a political honor that gives the first-term governor a national stage while putting to rest months-long rumors that she was on Mitt Romney’s short list of potential running mates.

  • Looking Back - August 8, 2012

    In 1962

    Wednesday Aug. 8 — The “genero chico” period of Spanish drama will be represented on the Highlands University campus when “Calderon,” by Carlos Arniches and Celso Lucio will take to the Little Theater stage. Calderon will be portrayed by Eli Herrera. The play will be directed by Romeo Hinajosa. There will be no admission charge.

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 8, 2012

    Fort Union candlelight tours this Saturday

    Fort Union National Monument National Park Service annual candlelight tours will be held this Saturday. Tours are free and will run 35 to 40 minutes, starting at 7:45 p.m., 8:15 p.m., 8:40 p.m., 9 p.m., 9:20 p.m., 9:40 p.m. and 10 p.m. Photography is allowed only during the 7:45 p.m. tour. Reservations are required. Call 425-8025.

  • Weather - August 8, 2012

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. North wind 5-10 mph.

    Thursday

  • Makwa demands retraction

    An attorney representing the construction company that had been overseeing the building of the New Mexico Highlands University student center until regents fired it is demanding that a regent retract statements he made about the company.

    Ross Crown, the attorney representing Makwa Builders LLC, sent a letter to Highlands attorneys late last month containing the demands and putting the university on notice that Makwa may pursue legal remedies if its demands aren’t met.

  • Preparing for a crisis - County stages mock disaster

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    On Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas a semi-truck carrying hazardous household chemicals crashes into a school bus full of teenagers returning from a summer basketball camp.