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Today's News

  • State not planning larger women’s prison

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration isn’t looking to expand the state women’s prison despite requesting proposals from private prison contractors for a facility with up to 850 beds, according to a Corrections Department official.

    Department spokeswoman Alex Tomlin said the agency has no intention of building a new prison and isn’t seeking a larger women’s prison at this time.

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  • Jazz Ensemble concert Wed.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Jazz Ensemble presents a concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the theater of the Student Union Building at National Avenue and Eighth Street.

    “This performance space is smaller than most concert halls, and provides a more intimate setting that is often appropriate for jazz performances,” said Edward Harrington, director of bands for Highlands University in the Department of Music.  

  • Concert Choir to perform Mozart and Fauré Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Concert Choir will present Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Fauré’s Requiem at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Andre García-Nuthmann, director of Highlands University’s choral and vocal program, will direct the concert.

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  • Que Pasa - April 11, 2014

    TODAY HOY
    • Robertson High School will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 11 at the Mike Marr gym. Call Bryanna Duran at 426-6007 or Donna Ortiz at 429-4698 to sign up. United Blood Services, which is conducting the drive, recommends that donors give blood three times a year.

  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - April 11, 2014

    THUMBS UP! ANOTHER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP
    We were remiss last week in our failure to congratulate the Pecos High School cheer squad for capturing its third consecutive State Spirit Competition title on March 29 at the Pit. The squad and its coaches, Jessica and Michael Flores Jr., put in lots of hard work and time, and it’s great to see those investments paying off.

    THUMBS UP! BUSINESS SCHOOL REACCREDITED

  • Editorial Cartoon - April 11, 2014
  • Nuestra Historia - Luis María Cabeza de Baca claimed Las Vegas

    By Jesus L. Lopez

    For the Optic

    Sometime in 1820, Luis María Cabeza de Baca traveled from his home in Peña Blanca to Santa Fe, and then to San Miguel del Bado. Don Luis, as he was known, was apparently looking to expand the already large land holdings he owned in Peña Blanca, which is located in Sandoval County, west of La Bajada. In San Miguel he heard about lush and expansive pasture lands located along a river to the northeast, and he joined eight others from San Miguel in filing an application for a grant of those verdant vegas.