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Today's News

  • NMHU student awarded scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University media arts student Faith Toledo was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in memory of the late Bryan “Dutch” Cokeley, a media arts student who died in 2008.

    Toledo, a 24-year-old from Gallup, N.M., is a member of the Navajo Nation. She is a second-year media arts student, and a senior at Highlands.

  • Education News in Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Board president charged in case

    TRENTON, N.J. — The president of Elizabeth’s Board of Education and two others were charged Monday with falsifying information so their children could get free lunches.

    The state Attorney General’s Office said Marie Munn and two others with connections to the district signed their children up for a subsidized lunch program even though they did not meet income guidelines.

    Authorities said the theft cost taxpayers $7,000 over five years.

  • Bear-y busy days of summer

  • Bear safety tips

    Special to the Optic
    RURAL LIVING
    • Garbage – Store it in closed, sturdy cans kept inside a sturdy metal shed or garage. Do not put out garbage the night before a scheduled pickup. Periodically, clean cans with hot water and bleach.
    • Pet food – Feed pets indoors. Store food in sturdy metal cans inside a secure shed or garage. Make sure your garage door is closed at night.

  • Pasta dinner fit for busy chilly evenings

    By J.M. Hirsch
    AP Food Editor

    Fall inspires me to get back into the kitchen. Now if only it somehow also created lots of extra time for me to do that.
    This ridiculously easy pasta topped with roasted tomatoes, green peppers, garlic and sausage is a great example. Dump everything on a rimmed baking sheet, toss it in the oven, then go outside and play in the leaves. A little while later, boil up some pasta, spoon the “sauce” over it, top with grated Parmesan and you're done.

    AUTUMN ROASTED TOMATO AND SAUSAGE PASTA

  • Woman spices things up with salsa brand

    By Candelora Versace
    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE  — There are plenty of people in Santa Fe — not to mention greater Northern New Mexico, the entire state and probably the vast American Southwest — who make their own salsa. A significant percentage, too, have most likely fantasized about packaging and selling that salsa. One Santa Fe resident, however, will tell you it’s not a project to be taken lightly.

  • Ex-mayor, coach dead at 74

    Henry O. Sanchez, the legendary high school and college basketball coach who was elected mayor of his adopted city on his first try has died. He was 74.

    Sanchez, who served as mayor of Las Vegas from 2002 until 2008, died of an apparent heart attack Monday afternoon at Alta Vista Regional Hospital, according to friends.

    “What I understand, he checked himself into the hospital around noon and died around 4 p.m.,” said longtime friend Jesse Gallegos.

    Services were pending as of press time.

  • Opposite Day
  • Cannon’s revised plan criticized

    Opposition continues to the Air Force’s controversial plan for low-level night-time training flights over New Mexico and Colorado.

    “Cannon has finally put it in black-and-white in this environmental assessment,” said Pat Leahan, a local activist and the co-director of the Las Vegas Peace and Justice Center. “Their plan is to simulate combat, to practice warfare over our heads three flights per night, five nights per week. This ... plan needs to be pulled.”

  • City probe finds 30 illegal water taps found

    A city probe into unauthorized water taps outside of city limits has turned up more than two dozen taps that appear to be illegal, according to City Attorney Dave Romero.

    “The audit has identified about 30 water taps outside the city limits that appear to be illegal,” Romero informed the mayor and council during last week’s city council meeting.