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  • Looking Back - April 22, 2015

    In 1965
    Thursday, April 22 — Approximately 300 high school students will be on the Highlands university campus Saturday to participate in either the Fourth Annual Speech Tournament or the Second Modern Foreign Language Festival. Competition in the Speech Tournament will include debate, extemporaneous speaking, oratory and oral interpretation. The Modern Foreign Language Festival will have French, German and Spanish competition in one-act plays, extemporaneous speaking, original oratory, ready writing and interpretive reading.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 22, 2015

    Highlands career fair set for Thursday
    Highlands University’s annual Spring Career Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 23 in the Student Union Ballroom, 800 National Ave.

  • Weather - April 22, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. South wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a southwest wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 15-25 mph in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 40. Breezy.


  • 2 locals among HU finalists

    Two current Highlands University officials — one a high level administrator and the other a faculty member — are among six finalists vying to be the school’s next president.

    The names of the six finalists selected by the university’s Presidential Search Committee were released publicly on Thursday afternoon.

  • Getting creative
  • Man gets 10 years in drug case

    An area man with a history of drug arrests was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for trafficking heroin.

    District Judge Gerald Baca sentenced Larry Lujan, 34, to prison on Wednesday. Lujan will also be on supervised probation for five years after he is released from prison.

    Lujan was facing a total of 17 years in prison — nine years on the trafficking charge and an additional eight years under New Mexico’s habitual offender enhancement statute. The district attorney’s office had asked Baca to impose the maximum sentence.

  • Griego replacement sworn in on Friday

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Torrance County Republican Ted Barela is the newest member of the New Mexico Senate.

    He was sworn in Friday during a ceremony at the Estancia Community Center.

    Barela fills the seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democrat Phil Griego during the final week of the recent 60-day legislative session.

    Griego, who resides in San Miguel County, held the Senate District 39 seat for more than 18 years. His resignation stemmed from an ethics issue over his role in the sale of a state-owned building in Santa Fe.

  • Looking Back - April 20, 2015

    In 1965
    Wednesday, April 21, 1965 — Fire yesterday afternoon completely gutted Swanson’s Laundry and Dry Cleaning establishment on Twelfth Street, resulting in damage estimated at at least $250,000, but the business was open today in the  garage. Dry cleaning and laundry which was to have been picked up yesterday or before was saved from the cleaners’ office on the north end of trhe building. Also all records and office equipment was saved from the office. The main portion of the laundry was completely destroyed, with both the floor and roof caved in.

  • Looking ahead - News - April 20, 2015

    A community-wide meeting will be held to discuss Rio Gallinas School of Ecology and the Arts, the only kindergarten through eighth grade charter school in the two districts, and how the school contributes to education in Las Vegas. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22 at the Sala de Madrid on the Highlands campus.

  • Weather - April 20, 2015

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 38. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 41.