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  • Band Fest
  • Family caregivers focus of study

    State Rep. Tomás Salazar knows first hand what it’s like to care for elderly family members.

    He, his siblings and other immediate family members took care of Salazar’s father until he died at the age of 86 in 1999.

    They are now caring for their mother, who is 92.

    "The challenges center in insuring that they remain safe and that their numerous daily and health care needs are met,” Salazar said.

  • Shootings prompt calls for change

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The recent fatal police shooting of a homeless camper who spent years in and out of jail and New Mexico’s only psychiatric hospital has sparked a push for more mental health resources in the state and a law requiring people with severe mental illnesses to take medications or face involuntary hospitalization.

  • Looking Back - April 7, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, April 6 — William R. “Billy” Elias, who has been rumored to be a write-in candidate for mayor in the City, today confirmed the fact that he is running. “I was asked by a top official of the City to withdraw from the race. He said that since I could not possibly win it would be better for me to withdraw now than face the consequences Wednesday morning. As for now, I am going out and campaign for the position of mayor.” He will oppose incumbent Mayor Frank Olmstead.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 7, 2014

    International presentation at Highlands
    A group of international students enrolled at Highlands will provide information on their respective home countries, including Pakistan, Tajikistan and Russia. The program is scheduled for 6 p.m. today (Monday) at the theater of the new Student Union Building on Eighth and National.

  • Weather - April 7, 2014

    Monday
    Isolated showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 60. North wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming light and variable.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. Southwest wind 5 -15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:39 a.m. to 7:27 p.m.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 7, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • State Supreme Court intervenes in investment suit

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s highest court has temporarily put on hold a lawsuit by a state agency seeking to recover money for investment deals it contends were influenced by political considerations during former Gov. Bill Richardson’s administration.

    The move by the Supreme Court came earlier this week at the request of former pension fund investment officer Frank Foy, who brought whistleblower lawsuits in 2008 and 2009 alleging a pay-to-play scheme involving state investments.

  • Castañeda Hotel deal a go

    Break out the champagne.

    Arizona hotelier Alan Affeldt is moving forward with his plans to purchase the historic Castañeda Hotel, with the deal scheduled to close on Tuesday.

    And Gov. Susana Martinez and other state officials will be in Las Vegas on April 14 for a celebration to mark the milestone and welcome the new owners, Affeldt, Tina Mion and Daniel Lutzick. MainStreet de Las Vegas sent out invitations Thursday inviting the entire community to the event.

  • Two vying to head East schools

    Two familiar longtime educators are in the running for the superintendent position at Las Vegas City Schools.

    Barbara Perea Casey and Ruben Cordova recently submitted their applications for the position and both will be interviewed by the board on Saturday. Board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco said the board received three applications, although one of the applicants — a current principal at the district — did not meet the minimum qualifications.