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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 10, 2013

    Letter carriers annual food drive is Saturday

    The Las Vegas letter carriers annual food drive is this Saturday. Leave non-perishable food items by your mailbox. All donations will be greatly appreciated.

  • Weather - May 10, 2013

    Scattered showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 7 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 59. East wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 38. East wind 10-15 mph, becoming north after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.


  • FYI - May 10, 2013

    State Police will be conducting a DWI checkpoint from 5 to 10 p.m. today (Friday) in San Miguel County.

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    The San Miguel County DWI Safe-Ride-Home Service is available Fridays and Saturdays, from 8 p.m. to 2:30 am. Call 429-0336 for service.

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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.