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  • Review - Poet mesmerizes Highlands group

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Educator, poet, novelist and screenplay creator, Jimmy Santiago Baca entered the lobby of the new NMHU Student Center about 10:45 a.m. last Friday.

    There was no fanfare preceding his entry. Along with his cohorts, the renowned gentleman lugged in a few boxes and proceeded to the Student Center Theatre on the ground floor.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 9, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 9, 2013

    9-11 ceremony planned
    Woodmen of the World Lodge 2 and the city of Las Vegas are holding a remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. this Wednesday at Carnegie Library Park. The public is invited.

  • Weather - Sept. 9, 2013

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Tuesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 74. South wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent.

  • Suit seeks to stop center sale to Texas group

    The Associated Press

    GLORIETA— A couple living in a faith-based community at a New Mexico conference center has filed a federal lawsuit to try to block the sale of the 2,000-acre Baptist-affiliated campus to a Texas group.

    As residents fight to stay on the property, Kirk and Susie Tompkins of Little Rock, Ark., sought to halt the sale of the Glorieta Conference Center to the evangelical group called Glorieta 2.0, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Sept. 9, 2013

    The Associated Press

    2nd West Nile death in NM

    New Mexico has recorded its second death in 2013 from the West Nile Virus.
    The state Department of Health says the person who died was an 84-year-old San Juan County woman who had encephalitis, the more severe clinical form of the disease.
    The other fatal case in 2013 was an 83-year-old man from Curry County.
    The department says New Mexico has had a total of seven human cases so far this year.

    Fund earns 11 percent return

  • Victory for West officials

    Crystal Gallegos left a court hearing on Wednesday afternoon with a sense of relief and a smile just minutes after a district judge ruled on a case involving the West Las Vegas School District, where her daughter attends.

    “I am very happy at the outcome of today’s court decision,” Gallegos said. “Not only did it affect my student in a positive way but the entire student body of West Las Vegas High School.”

  • A bug’s life
  • Repeat drunk driver gets prison

    A man with a long history of drunken driving arrests has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for his latest DWI.

    Frank L. Sanchez, 50, of Santa Fe, was sentenced by District Judge Gerald Baca last week.

    “I believe that all people deserve a chance to rehabilitate themselves; however, when you are convicted of your sixth DWI offense, you deserve to be punished, which is what we sought in this case by asking for the maximum sentence,” District Attorney Richard Flores said in a news release.

  • NM court hears pension cut case

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court will issue a decision later in a potentially far-reaching legal challenge over whether the state can cut cost-of-living increases for retired government workers to shore up a pension system’s long-term finances.