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  • In Brief - News - August 31, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Teacher receives probation
    ALBUQUERQUE — An elementary school teacher caught taking images up girls’ skirts has been sentenced to five years’ probation.
    Christopher Lucero apologized in court Wednesday for using a camera attached to his shoe to videotape girls as young as 10 at an Albuquerque amusement park in 2007. He pleaded guilty to five misdemeanor counts of voyeurism.
    KRQE reports that Lucero had faced up to five years in jail as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

  • State alters vaccination form

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico heath officials want parents to stop citing philosophical reasons when seeking to exempt their children from immunizations required to attend public school or day care.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that the New Mexico Department of Health recently changed the form used to apply for an exemption to prevent “philosophical objections” over health concerns.

  • Court OKs boy’s adoption placement

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.  — A Navajo child can remain with his non-American Indian caretakers, despite a federal law that gives preference to placement with tribal members, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

    The ruling upheld a juvenile court decision that found good cause to deviate from the Indian Child Welfare Act. The child identified as “Z’’ in court documents was a month old when relatives of the man believed to be his father began caring for him.

  • Three new West Nile cases in NM

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Three more New Mexicans have been diagnosed with West Nile virus infection, bringing the total in the state this year to eight human cases.

    No deaths have been reported so far.

    New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Wednesday that the new cases include a 55-year-old man from Bernalillo County, a 76-year-old man from Dona Ana County and a 76-year-old man from Bernalillo County.

  • Special delivery
  • Que Pasa - August 31, 2012

    TODAY HOY
    • Wagon Mound Bean Day festivities begin, 6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, traditional bean cleaning party, firehouse. For a full schedule, visit www.wagonmoundnm.com/BeanDay
    • The San Miguel DWI Program is featuring “The Best of San Miguel County” placemat art created by students from West Las Vegas, Las Vegas City Schools, and Pecos Schools. The art is on display at Traveler’s Cafe on the Plaza through the end of August.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO

  • Thumbs - Our high country lowdown on the news - August 31, 2012

    THUMBS DOWN! LOSING A BIG FOOTPRINT. Neil Armstrong was mission commander of Apollo 11 in July 1969 when he became the first person to walk on the moon. His death last weekend at age 82 reminds us of a time when the United States could dream big and act out those dreams.
    Armstrong was an example of the greatness that’s part of our national DNA. He made us proud, and he will be missed.

  • Editorial Cartoon - August 31, 2012
  • Nuestra Historia - ‘Going from one country into another’

    East and West Las Vegas evolved as if they were two neighboring countries, divided by a river, with a border crossing on Bridge Street.

    The remarkable separateness of the two towns was vividly observed by Milton Nahm, as he recalled covering the Carl Magee trials as a cub reporter for the Optic in 1923 and 1926.

    Nahm’s description of the pronounced divide is intensely poignant, and his narrative transports you to that time: