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  • Fundraiser honoring Vegas native Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Third Annual Lung Cancer Bike Ride honoring the memory of Las Vegas native Annette Leger will take place on Sunday along the Rio Grande Bosque Bike Path.

    The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    Proceeds support programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

  • Boy died from ‘blunt trauma’

    The Associated Press

    An Albuquerque boy allegedly kicked to death by his mother last year had injuries over much of his body and died from “blunt trauma.”

    Details of Omaree Varela’s death were included in an autopsy report released Tuesday to the Albuquerque Journal.

    The boy’s mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 charges related to the boy’s death. She has been in jail on a $100,000 bond since her arrest in December.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, March 30 — Stewart Chamberlain has been named assistant station manager at Radio Station KFUN in Las Vegas. Mrs. Dorothy Thwaites will continue as station manager. Chamberlain, who formerly worked at radio stations in Gallup and Farmington and comes to Las Vegas from Albuquerque, took over at KFUN last Monday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 28, 2014

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad
    The 20th Annual Fiesta de la Hispanidad will take place tonight (Friday) in Ilfeld Auditorium with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $5. Advance tickets may be purchased at the KEDP radio station across the street from Ilfeld or at the door.


  • Weather - March 28, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 60. Northwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10-15 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph after midnight.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. Breezy.

    Sunny, with a high near 65.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - March 28, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Police plan DWI checkpoints
    New Mexico State Police will be conducting DWI checkpoints in San Miguel and Mora counties during the next two weeks.
    According to Sgt. Leonard Arias of the New Mexico State Police, Dist. 2, several DWI saturation patrols will be conducted.

    New position for ex-chief

  • Scholar, Highlands students to strike a pose on the Plaza today

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts students are working closely with visiting professor and artist Yolanda Domínguez of Spain to develop performance art pieces they will perform around Las Vegas today (Friday) and April 4.

    Domínguez is a well-known  visual and performance artist and social activist who is teaching at Highlands for two weeks, thanks to the university’s Ballen Visiting Scholar Program.

  • DA: Officer-involved shooting justified

    The state police officer who shot a disoriented New York man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 the night of Jan. 4 has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced Wednesday that he has determined that officer Jonathan Wright was justified in his actions.

  • Computers stolen from Rio Gallinas

    Some time this past weekend roughly a dozen laptop computers with special programs, and several digital cameras were stolen from Rio Gallinas School. The burglars appeared to have entered the charter school by prying the front door, possibly using a crow bar.

    “I don’t think anything confidential was accessed,” school administrator Yann Lussiez said during a telephone interview Monday afternoon.