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  • 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.
     

  • Kim Carpenter of ‘The Vow’ to speak at Highlands commencement

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University alumnus Kim Carpenter, whose true story inspired the 2012 international blockbuster movie, The Vow, will be the university’s commencement speaker Saturday. The commencement starts at 2 p.m.

  • U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan to address Luna graduates

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    United States Congressman Ben Ray Luján will be the guest speaker at the Luna Community College Graduation Ceremony. Graduation is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday.

    Serving in his third term in Congress, Luján is continuing his efforts to stand up for New Mexico’s families and fight for a stronger future for all New Mexicans. In his time in Congress, Luján has become a leader on some pressing issues facing the state and country.

  • Curruthers named NMSU president

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES — Former Republican Gov. Garrey Carruthers was selected Monday as the new president of New Mexico State University.

    The NMSU Board of Regents voted 3-2 for Carruthers to lead the state’s second-largest four-year university.

    Carruthers has been dean of NMSU’s College of Business since 2003. He was governor from 1987 to 1990.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - May 8, 2013

    The Associated Press
    Woman set
    on fire dies

    ROSWELL — Police in Roswell are investigating the death of a woman who had been set on fire.
    Authorities say 44-year-old Lisa Smith ran out of her apartment last Friday night engulfed in flames. She later died at a Texas hospital.
    KOAT-TV reports that police want to question Smith’s 49-year-old husband in the case but don’t know where he is.
    Police say Patrick Smith is 5 feet 9 inches tall, 200 pounds and has brown eyes and a shaved head.

  • DA seeking adult penalty

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    The District Attorney’s office has filed notice of its intent to seek adult sanctions against the 17-year-old alleged driver involved in the April 6 rollover on Interstate-25 near his home in Tecolote that left two teens dead and several others injured.

  • Cinco de Mayo celebration
  • Egan wins Fulbright scholarship

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Andrew Egan, director of the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute at Highlands University, has been awarded his second Fulbright scholarship to conduct research and teaching in Nepal and will also soon be leaving the institute to become the dean of science faculty at Brandon University in Manitoba, Canada.

  • State to impose fire restrictions

    The Associated Press

    Fire danger is high across New Mexico, and state officials announced Friday that they will impose fire restrictions for all 33 counties starting this week.

    The restrictions will take effect Wednesday at 8 a.m. They will prohibit the use of fireworks, campfires and other open fires. Smoking will only be allowed in buildings, on paved surfaces or in vehicles with ashtrays.

    Officials said the restrictions will apply on all non-municipal, non-federal and non-tribal lands in New Mexico and will remain in effect until rescinded.

  • Luna wins Piñon award

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Las Vegas Optic

    Luna Community College was one of five entities and the only institution of higher learning to receive a Piñon Performance Excellent Award at the 2013 Quality New Mexico Learning Summit and New Mexico Performance Excellence Awards Ceremony late last month in Albuquerque.

    Quality New Mexico is a non-profit organization that engages in activities that seek to educate New Mexicans about quality and encourage and reward quality in business, education and other sectors.