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  • Law school dean nominated

    ALBUQUERQUE — Tribal leaders and others are praising the nomination of a University of New Mexico Law School dean to oversee the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, saying he’s well-qualified and understands the issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

    New Mexico U.S. Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall said they would push for the swift confirmation of Kevin Washburn in the Senate. Washburn will succeed Larry Echo Hawk, who resigned earlier this year, if the nomination is approved.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - August 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    More NM moms are breastfeeding

    SANTA FE — The state’s top health official says it’s good news that more New Mexico mothers are breastfeeding their babies.
    Health Secretary Catherine Torres says she’s encouraged by findings of a recent report released by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The CDC report says that 81.5 percent of New Mexico mothers breastfed their babies at some point. That’s up from 73.1 percent in last year’s report.

  • Over the Edge V - Community theater presents annual Las Vegas parody

    Submitted to the Optic

    It is August, and the summer is winding down, but no summer is every truly complete until the production of “Over the Edge.” The Nat Gold Players, in collaboration with Clearly Confused Productions, Las Vegas’ youth-run theater group, present the fifth installment in as many years of “Over the Edge V: Frack You.”

  • Truman grandson visits A-bomb memorial

    By Mari Yamaguchi
    The Associated Press

    TOKYO — A grandson of ex-U.S. President Harry Truman, who ordered the atomic bombings of Japan during World War II, is in Hiroshima to attend a memorial service for the victims.

    Clifton Truman Daniel visited the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on Saturday and laid a wreath for the 140,000 people killed by the Aug. 6, 1945, bombing authorized by his grandfather. Another atomic blast in Nagasaki three days later killed 70,000 more.

  • Rate hike: What you’d pay

    Gear up for sticker shock, especially if you’re a city of Las Vegas water customer who lives outside city limits.

    The city is hoping to lessen the pain by imposing incremental increases over the next few years, with additional revenues generated being dedicated to fixing part of the water system’s aged infrastructure, like a dam and water lines.

  • Recycling 101 - Initiative gaining momentum

    By Brett J. Phelps
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recycling has never been easier for area residents, with seven recycling sites now operating across San Miguel County and one more on the way.

    “One of our goals is to make (recycling) as convenient and user-friendly as possible,” said city recycling coordinator Alvin Jiron.

  • Honoring a life cut short by cancer

    Kenn Rust hadn’t been feeling well for a few months, but everyone chalked his symptoms up to a cold or the flu.

    His gums had been bleeding, but that didn’t set off alarm bells either.

    Everyone assumed it was because of the dental work he had been having.

    Monique Roybal said that two days after her step-father, mother, Viola, and her older son returned home after spending Christmas with her here in Las Vegas, she got a call from her mother, who told her that Rust was getting worse.

  • Man who killed grandma sentenced

    The Las Vegas man accused of killing his grandmother in February 2010 was sentenced to prison last month.

    Ryan Garcia, 29, pleaded guilty earlier this year to voluntary manslaughter and to aggravated battery against a household member, both third-degree felonies. Under that plea agreement, Garcia was facing between six and nine years in prison.

  • Looking Back - August 3, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Aug. 6 — Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Las Vegas, which contributed seven scholarships, headed the list of donors to the Highlands University Scholarship Drive last week. The total number of scholarships contributed to date now is 51. The goal of the drive is 75. Other multiple donors to the fund last week included Murphy’s Drug Store, which contributed two scholarships, and the First National Bank in Las Vegas, which also gave two. 

  • Looking Ahead - News - August 3, 2012

    Concert kicks off Heritage Week 2012

    New Mexico Territorial Brass Band will kick off Heritage week this evening (Friday) with a concert from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Plaza Park (rain location Traveler’s Cafe, 1814 Plaza). For more on Heritage Week events, see story on Page C8.