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  • Weather - April 25, 2012

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. Northwest wind 10-20 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 52. West wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 5-10 mph.

    Isolated thunderstorms. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. Windy, with a west wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy and windy, with a low around 39.

  • Police commander under fire for e-mail

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque police commander is under fire after he sent an e-mail to neighborhood leaders blaming two dozen officer-involved shootings on bad parenting, schools and the news media.

    Foothills Area Commander Cliff Saylor’s email from earlier this month also faulted courts, the mental health profession and the men shot for not following orders, The Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • High court hears Arizona immigration dispute

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON  — The Supreme Court will referee another major clash between the Obama administration and the states, this one over Arizona’s crackdown on illegal immigrants. The case could add fuel to the partisan split over tough state immigration laws backed by Republicans but challenged by the administration.

    Like last month’s arguments over President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, the immigration case is expected to be decided at the end of June.

  • NM Land Office, UNM sign research agreement

    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Land Office and the University of New Mexico have signed an agreement that clears the way for sharing information about plant and animal species on state trust lands.

    The memorandum of understand was signed during a ceremony Monday on the university’s campus in Albuquerque.

    Land Commissioner Ray Powell says the agreement will lead to a better understanding of state trust lands as well as better management practices.

  • Gov. Martinez faces heat for helping in senate race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez is drawing heat from a few Republicans for throwing her might and her political action committee’s money in a contested GOP primary for a state senate seat in eastern New Mexico.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Martinez is supporting Angie Spears over two other Republicans in a race for the state Senate in a rural, heavily Republican district around Clovis.

    Spears’ two opponents say they do not appreciate Martinez taking a side in a campaign where no Democrats are running.

  • The gala’s success

    Could the success of Saturday night’s Highlands University President’s Gala be a watershed accomplishment for Las Vegas? To hear some people talking about the event, it just might be the beginning of something even bigger.

    Of course, it’s easy to say it was a great success for a good cause, since more than $100,000 was netted for student scholarships, but what went into the gala, and what was celebrated, adds exponentially to its overall value.

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 25, 2012
  • Work of Art - Hopefully this is correct

    The issue still isn’t settled. It might never be. Hopefully, this column will enlighten some people and bring a few to my way of thinking. Notice I said “hopefully.”

    For years, language purists recoiled in horror over the misuse of words and phrases that the Miss Grundys of our youth would implore us to avoid.

    Let me explain:

  • Free legal fair Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Attorneys and other legal providers will be available this Saturday to give free legal information, answer legal questions and offer resource information to all citizens of Guadalupe, Mora and San Miguel Counties.

    Thanks to the efforts of the judges in the 4th Judicial District Court, and many volunteer attorneys from Guadalupe, Mora, San Miguel and Bernalillo counties, a Legal Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at Kennedy Hall on the New Mexico Highlands University Campus located at National and University.

  • Noticias - April 25, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com

    • The Las Vegas Optic is updating its noticias. Organizations are asked to resubmit their submissions to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com For questions, call 425-6796 ext. 239.