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  • Rec center to close for repairs

    The Abelino Montoya Recreation Center will shut down on July 1 so that crews can move forward with extensive repairs to the building’s swimming pool area.

    The recreation center’s pool has been closed since May of 2014 when winds ripped off a portion of the building’s roof.

    ince then, city officials have been trying to figure out how to cover the cost of the work needed at the rec center, which as of last August was estimated at $3.6 million.

  • Exploring the heavens

    Perched atop the Ivan Hilton Science and Technology Building on the Highlands University campus is a telescope that gives visitors to the  observatory the opportunity to explore our solar system.

    Last month, the telescope provided Highlands students and instructors with an amazing view of Mercury passing in front of the sun. It also gives visitors an up-close look of such wonders as Saturn’s rings and craters on the earth’s moon.

    Best of all, the observatory is open to the public for free on Friday evenings, beginning at 8 p.m.

  • Trump U model: Sell hard, demand to see a warrant

    By Jeff Horwitz
    and Michael Biesecker
    The  Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The manual for the staff at Trump University events was precise: The room temperature should be 68 degrees. Seats should be arranged in a theater-style curve. And government prosecutors had no right to see any documents without a warrant.

  • Youth Farm-to-Market program kicks off season Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The El Valle Youth Farm to Market program will kick off its 2016 summer season with a Summer Farm Festival and Community Meeting this Sunday at the El Valle Community Center in Villanueva.

    The event, which runs from 1 to 4 p.m., will feature an afternoon of presentations, activities and round-table discussions focusing on “Agriculture in El Valle ­— Past, Present and Future.”  

  • Obama warns Air Force grads not to succumb to isolationism

    By Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — President Barack Obama implored the next generation of U.S. military leaders Thursday not to give in to isolationism or pull back from U.S. leadership in the world, drawing a contrast with a foreign policy vision that’s been laid out by Donald Trump.

  • In Brief June 3, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Johnson won’t get gov’s support

    ALBUQUERQUE — Republican New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says she won’t support Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

    The nation’s only Latina governor, who has not endorsed fellow Republican Donald Trump, said Wednesday she disagrees with Johnson’s stance to reduce the nation’s military.

    Martinez also said as a former prosecutor she couldn’t support Johnson’s plan to legalize marijuana.

  • Jail Log June 3, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 24 and May 30:

  • Report: Prince died of fentanyl overdose

    By Michael Tarm and Amy Forliti

    The Associated Press

    MINNEAPOLIS — Prince died of an accidental overdose of fentanyl, a powerful opioid painkiller that is up to 50 times more potent than heroin, autopsy results released Thursday show.

    The findings confirm suspicions that opioids played a role in the death of the superstar musician, who was found dead April 21 at his Minneapolis-area estate.

    After he died, authorities began reviewing whether an overdose was to blame and whether he had been prescribed drugs in the preceding weeks.

  • Gathering of Nations moving to Expo NM

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Following weeks of uncertainty and fears that one of North America’s largest powwows might relocate to Canada, organizers and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez announced Wednesday the popular American Indian event will stay in Albuquerque and move to a smaller venue.

    Martinez said all parties have agreed that the Gathering of Nations will relocate to Expo New Mexico weeks after the University of New Mexico said it would stop hosting the powwow because of cost.

  • Police: UCLA shooter intended to kill second pro

    By Amanda Lee Myers
    and Christine Armario

    The Associated Press

    LOS ANGELES — The investigation into a murder-suicide on the UCLA campus took a more sinister turn Thursday when police announced they suspected the shooter earlier killed a woman in Minnesota then drove to Los Angeles to confront a professor he believed had stolen his work.