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  • How it’s done
  • Highlands hosting talk on wildfires

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University is hosting a free public talk on reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire and watershed health at 12 p.m. Wednesday in Burris Hall, Room 129, 903 National Ave.

    Andrew Egan, New Mexico Forestry and Watershed Restoration Institute director, will also talk about examples of cross-disciplinary research related to forest harvesting

    The university’s chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, is sponsoring the talk. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Two juveniles charged in burglary

    State police have charged two juveniles with a host of crimes for allegedly breaking into a woman’s house late last month and taking a laptop computer, game systems, games, coins and a video camera.

    The 15-year-old and 16-year-old boys were caught with many of the items by the victim’s cousin, according to probable cause statements filed in district court.

    The burglary occurred the night of March 24, and the cousin found the teens and an 18-year old by the river in the Tecolote Land Grant the following day. They were carrying two bags.

  • Councilor defends zoning decision

    City Councilman Andy Feldman says that contrary to the criticism levied by two members of the city’s Planning & Zoning Commission, the council’s decision to deny a request for a zone change for a proposed child care center on the southeast corner of Eighth Street and Friedman wasn’t politically motivated.

    The council sent the request back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for further review.

  • Looking Back - April 9, 2012

    In 1912

    Thursday, April 16 — Walk from Pacific to Atlantic: Tired and footsore, but in robust health and excellent spirits, J. Justice and M. Brady, who are walking from San Francisco to New York City, and return, as a wager of $1,500, arrived in Las Vegas at about 2:30 o’clock this morning after a tramp of 13 hours, during which they walked from Lamy (to) here, a distance of 48 miles.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 9, 2012

    Forums for runoff election this week

    Highlands University’s political science department is sponsoring question-and-answer sessions for the mayoral and council candidates running in the April 17 runoffs. The Ward 3 session will be this coming Tuesday. The mayoral session will be this coming Thursday. Both begin at 5:30 p.m. at Highlands’ Sininger Hall, room 100.

  • Weather - April 9, 2012

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 72. West wind 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43.

    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 73. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 41.


  • Alternative radio founder to speak at UWC-USA

    Submitted to the Optic

    David Barsamian, founder and director of Alternative Radio, will speak on how language is used in American politics and how we must understand the new media landscape in order to differentiate between truth and fabrication.

    Co-sponsored by UWC-USA, Cultural Energy, Las Vegas Peace & Justice Center, and Casa de Cultura, the presentation will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 9 in the Sasakawa Center. It is free and open to the public.

  • Police warn of invasions

    Two men armed with a crowbar and a handgun reportedly showed up at a home on the 500 block of Old National Road Tuesday morning pretending to need help.

    “They were claiming they needed help for some reason ... and that’s what they used to get the homeowners to actually open the door and come out to them or let them in,” state police Lt. Craig Martin said.

    The couple inside the home, however, had a weapon of their own, and they used it to scare the suspects off, Martin said.

  • Second Chances

    Five horses, five teenage boys and one incredible project.

    Fifteen-year-olds Raymond Martinez, Seth Eschaugh, Joaquin Lucero, Roger Montaño and Paul Garcia have different backgrounds, but they’ve had one common goal since October: to break-in a horse while improving their own lives as part of “Project Hope.”

    Later this month, they’ll get to see the results of their work and dedication.

    Their horses will be put up for sale as part of the local Ride to Pride organization’s “Project Hope Colt Sale.”