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  • Volunteers remove 3,200 pounds of trash

    Submitted to the Optic

    Last Saturday, The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance teamed up with Habitat for Humanity and the Conservation Club of Highlands University to organize a spring Gallinas River Clean-Up. With the help of many volunteers and other contributing clubs and individuals, the clean-up removed more than 3,200 pounds of trash from the Gallinas River.

    Donuts, coffee, bagels, fruit, trash bags, T-shirts, gloves, trash removal service, and cash for gift-certificates were all donated.

  • HU alumni partner with Yale

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University is the first U.S. college with which Yale University alumni consultants have formed a partnership.

    Prior to the recent meeting at the Las Vegas campus, Yale Global Alumni Leadership Exchange had concentrated its work of simulating alumni engagement outside the country. It is now turning its attention to smaller colleges and universities within the country.

  • Party preceded fatal crash

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Witnesses testifying in a preliminary hearing against Wayne Lovato on Monday claimed that the youth was speeding when he leaned over and tried to kiss a girl riding in the front passenger seat of his car before the fatal wreck that left two teens dead and several others injured.

    “We were on the highway, Wayne leaned over to kiss Kayla (Esquibel) and that’s when we flipped,” said Reyes Rubio, 21, testifying during a lengthy hearing before juvenile court Judge Abigail Aragon on Monday.

  • Gordon Jewelers closing its doors

    A store that once served as Calvin Baker III’s playground will soon become a memory. Gordons, the iconic jewelry store on Douglas Avenue, will close its doors locally after a huge liquidation sale beginning Thursday. The sale is scheduled to last through Saturday.
    “The decision was not easy. There was a lot of tears and a lot of thought put into it,” said Baker, whose grandfather and father ran Gordons before leaving it to him.

  • West seeks to shore up finances for next year

    West Las Vegas School district officials are hard at work preparing next year’s budget, and they say the outlook for next year is better than it has been for years.

    “I am very happy to say that we haven’t seen a budget this good in quite a few years,” Superintendent Gene Parson said. “We almost feel certain to a point that we can be off emergency supplemental funding.”

    So far, the district is expecting next year’s operating budget for next year to be $12.7 million.

  • Highlands prof to do work in Uganda

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands social work professor Andrew Israel has been  named a Fulbright Specialist by the United States Department of State.

    Israel’s Fulbright service will be this summer at Ndejje University in Kamala, capital of the Republic of Uganda in East Africa. He will advise the university’s administration and social work faculty in further developing curriculum and ethical practices.

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  • Weather - May 8, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 66. Breezy, with a north wind 10-15 mph, becoming west 20-25 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 40. Breezy, with a west wind 20-25 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.

    Thursday

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 8, 2013

    An investiture ceremony for Gerald E. Baca will be held at 4:30 p.m. this Thursday in the Division 1 courtroom at the courthouse in Las Vegas. Baca was selected to fill the vacant judge position in the 4th Judicial District. Residents of Mora, San Miguel and Guadalupe counties are invited to attend.

  • Looking Back - May 8, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, May 10 — Mrs. Ralph Conklin has been named Mother of the Year with Mrs. Harry Kelsey as first runnerup and Mrs. M.S. Rapp as second runnerup. Mrs. Conklin’s selection was based upon her being a good mother to her own family, a good influence on her children, her own character, her activity, leadership and influence on the community and the conditions of her service. The first runnerup received a $10 gift, and the second runnerup $5 from the Retail Merchants Assn., which sponsors the annual event.