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  • Weather April 17, 2016


    HIGH 71° / LOW 38°

    A chance of snow showers before noon, then a chance of rain showers. Some thunder is also possible. Partly sunny, with a high near 50. East wind around 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

    6:25 a.m. to 7:36 p.m.



  • Highlands President to talk on value of degree

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University President Sam Minner invites the community to a roundtable on Monday about the value of a college degree.

    The roundtable discussion will be from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom, 800 National Ave. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Que Pasa April 17, 2016

    9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Free 2015 tax return preparation is offered for low- and middle-income persons and seniors by the AARP Tax-Aide Program. You do not have to be a senior, or a member of AARP, to receive the help. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Mondays (only) at the Highlands Student Union, third floor, National and Eighth. Call 505-652-4106 for an appointment. Walk-ins will be served as possible between appointments. Participants are asked to bring all documents and their 2014 return.


  • Noticias April 17, 2016

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    •Ambercare is looking for exceptional people for volunteers, who are 18 or older, with a capacity for caring to offer their services as a hospice volunteer. Hospice volunteers may read to a patient, take a walk, hold a hand when needed, play games or simply listen and provide companionship. If you would like to volunteer, contact Orlando LeFebre at 505-554-4988.

  • New women’s hoops coach at HU

    Las Vegas Optic

    Joseph Anders once led Division I Arizona State to the PAC-12 women’s basketball semifinals.

    He was on board as part of ASU’s coaching staff when they made it to the Elite Eight.

    More recently, he helped the University of New Mexico women reach the Mountain West postseason two times in four years.

    Now, Anders will try to turn around the women’s hoops program at New Mexico Highlands. He was named interim head coach of the Cowgirls this past week, replacing Brianna Finch.

  • Three in a row for Isotopes

    Breaking a 2-2 tie when Jordan Patterson’s line-drive double scored Stephen Cardullo in the top of the sixth, the Albuquerque Isotopes relied on good defense until they got a couple late insurance runs in a 5-2 win Thursday in Reno, Nev.

    It was the third straight victory for the Isotopes, clinching a series win over the Aces to wrap the season-opening eight-game road trip.

    The Topes are hosting Tacoma and then Reno in an eight-game homestand at Isotopes Park. Matinees are slated for both Sunday and Monday.

  • Right on track

    By Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    Once again, the throwing events of the Class 4A state track and field championships figure to be of particular interest to fans in the Meadow City a month from now.

    Robertson’s Angelica Montoya owns the classification’s best marks in both the girls’ discus and shot put.

    West Las Vegas’ Nicholas Gurule has the longest throw in the boys’ javelin.

  • Looking Ahead - Sports - April 17, 2016

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 1:35 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Vatos at PacWest Regional, TBA, Vallejo, Calif.
    •Las Vegas Youth Soccer League games, TBA

    •Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Tacoma Rainiers, 12:05 p.m., Isotopes Park, Albuquerque
    •Robertson JV vs. West Las Vegas (DH), 3 p.m., MMS field
    •West Las Vegas Middle School at McCurdy, 4 p.m., Española

  • BREAKING: West board member resigns

    Embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony "Leroy" Benavidez resigned during a board meeting on Thursday evening.

    The resignation comes eight days after the New Mexico Attorney General's Office sent a letter warning Benavidez that if he did not resign by April 20, the agency would assess what civil and criminal action would be necessary to remove him from office.

  • County to form task force

    For decades, Jesusita was known throughout the area as the woman people would call to help deliver their babies.

    uring Tuesday afternoon’s  San Miguel County Commission meeting, Jesusita’s name was mentioned once more by Tara Trudell, as she talked about having midwives who delivered children for years in the area ­as it was part of the culture, heritage and history of the region.

    The late Jesusita, whose name is virtually synonymous with midwifery, delivered thousands of babies over several decades.