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Today's News

  • Purr-fect ending - Feline rescued at truck stop

    What could have been CATastrophic may instead have a PURRfect ending for Nembi, an elusive female feline that was due to be reunited with her family Sunday.

    On April 2, Teisha Tackett, currently living in North Dakota, was driving from Buckeye, Ariz., with her three children and their pet cat, Nembi. As the family stopped for a break at the rest area near Wagon Mound, the mouser slipped away.

    Two hours of calling her and even having a can of tuna handy as bait failed to draw the cat back to the car.

  • Mineral Hill fire caused by hot ashes

    A 30-acre blaze in the Mineral Hill area was 70 percent contained as of Saturday night with fire crews mopping up what was left of the fire on Sunday, according to State Forestry.

    The blaze sent black plumes of smoke billowing into the air.

    The 283 Fire, as it has been dubbed, was reported to be human-caused, sparked by hot ashes.

    “There were no evacuations of the threatened structures,” State Forestry said in a news release. “Buildings were summer cabins with no current occupancy.”

  • SynergyFest deemed a success

    By Jen Treacy
    For the Optic

    The sun was shining for the tenth annual SynergyFest, held in Central Park on the New Mexico Highlands University campus on Saturday.

    Students and families attended the event to enjoy the weather and learn about conservation and sustainable living practices.

  • Tinder-dry
  • Wounded bomb suspect yet to be interviewed

    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — As the lone surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing lay hospitalized under heavy guard, the American Civil Liberties Union and a federal public defender raised concerns about investigators’ plan to question 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev without reading him his Miranda rights.

  • Looking Back - April 22, 2013

    In 1963

    Friday, April 19 — Two members of the Highlands University baseball squad are rated among the national leaders this week, according to Abe Chanin, editor of Collegiate Baseball. Rookie outfielder Ron Beeman is rated fourth in the nation in batting with a .500 mark with 18 hits in 36 official times at bat. Shortstop Tom Villarreal is rated 11th in the race with a .447 mark. Villarreal is also rated in doubles and home runs. Villarreal is 18th in doubles with five and seventh in home runs with three.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 22, 2013

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., on Wednesdays in the children’s area of the pubic library. This week’s book is “There Was a Tree” by Rachel Isadora. Free and open to the public.

  • Weather - April 22, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 72. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. A slight chance of rain showers before midnight, then a slight chance of snow showers. West wind 15-20 mph, becoming east 10-15 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Que Pasa - April 22, 2013

    TUESDAY MARTES
    • Film screening of Girl Rising, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23 at Ilfeld Auditorium. Donation of $1. An innovative documentary at the heart of the campaign to educate girls and change the world.

    WEDNESDAY MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “There Was a Tree” by Rachel Isadora. Free and open to the public.
     

  • Reason takes a back seat

    After the U.S. Senate defeated several measures to expand gun control on Wednesday, Lori Haas and Patricia Maisch, who were sitting in the Senate gallery, shouted “Shame on you.”

    We echo that sentiment.

    Haas’ daughter was shot at Virginia Tech and Patricia Maisch survived the mass shooting in Arizona, according to the New York Times.