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  • Looking Ahead - Aug. 16, 2013

    People’s Faire is this weekend

    Las Vegas Arts Council’s People’s Faire will take place Saturday at Carnegie Library Park.

  • Weather - Aug. 16, 2013

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

  • NM boy set to go to court in dad’s killing

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press
    The 10-year-old New Mexico boy lived in an abusive, filthy home and had tried desperately to get help to stop the beatings he and his younger siblings had for years faced at the hands of their abusive father, his attorney says.
    Then, one day in 2009, prosecutors say, he put a gun to the head of his 250-pound father and killed him at their Belen home.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 16, 2013

    The Associated Press

    NM delegation calls for forum

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation are calling on federal officials to host a public forum on access to behavioral health services.
    The request comes after the New Mexico Human Services Department froze payments to 15 nonprofits that provide mental health and substance abuse services. The freeze followed an audit that found a high rate of billing problems and possible mismanagement.

  • ACLU, Albuquerque settle lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico and the city of Albuquerque reached a settlement Wednesday in a freedom-of-speech lawsuit against the Albuquerque Police Oversight Commission.

    Under the terms of the settlement, the city agreed to move to increase the public comment limit from two to three minutes before the commission and permit some speakers to donate their time. The city also agreed to pay $14,000 in damages and attorneys’ fees.

  • Med student serving area

    Submitted to the Optic

    UNM School of Medicine student Kari Stoltze is completing her first year in medical school this summer by helping Las Vegas residents with their health and wellness through this week at Buena Salud Family Medicine.

  • Digital era threatens future of drive-ins

    By Mitch Stacy
    Associated Press

    LANCASTER, Ohio — Through 80 summers, drive-in theaters have managed to remain a part of the American fabric, surviving technological advances and changing tastes that put thousands out of business.

    Now the industry says a good chunk of the 350 or so left could be forced to turn out the lights because they can’t afford to adapt to the digital age.

  • With school starting, let’s all drive safely

    What prompts me to tell this story was my personal experience and the safety of our children as school is about to start.
    Many years ago, when I was learning to drive I ran a yellow light. Some of us would say no big deal; there is no traffic coming or everybody does it. Well, the law is the law, and we must be obedient to the authorities. They are there to protect us and to abide by the law; if not there are consequences.

  • BREAKING: Gallegos appointed to magistate judge position

    Governor Susana Martinez announced the appointment of Edward “Eddy” M. Gallegos to fill the vacant magistrate judge position earlier today. Gallegos will fill the vacancy left by Philip J’s Romero whom retired earlier this year.

    See Friday's paper for additional coverage of Martinez’s appointment.

  • Senator proposes merger

    A powerful state senator is asking the state Higher Education Department to study whether it makes sense to merge New Mexico Highlands University with Luna Community College to save money.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, D-Deming, made the request in a July 26 letter to Gov. Susana Martinez.