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  • Army: Gunman showed no previous violence

    By Paul J. Weber and Will Weissert
    The Associated Press

    FORT HOOD, Texas — The soldier who killed three people before committing suicide in an attack on the same Texas military base where more than a dozen people were slain in 2009 had shown no recent risks of violence, authorities said Thursday.

    The shooter, identified as Ivan Lopez by Texas Rep. Michael McCaul, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, opened fire at Fort Hood on Wednesday afternoon. He wounded more than a dozen others.

  • Educational adventure - Highlands students to present on home countries

    A small glimpse of Pakistan will be available for the public on Monday. New Mexico Highlands University students Ejaz Karim and Yawar Hayat Kuan, both of Pakistan, will host an information session about their home country as part of a give back portion of The Global Undergraduate Exchange Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • H.U. singers to present Dido and Aeneas opera

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Madrigal Choir presents a production of the Dido and Aeneas opera at 3 p.m. Sunday in Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave.

    Dido and Aeneas is a tragic opera written by Baroque era English composer Henry Purcell that was performed for the first time in 1688. It tells the stormy love story of Dido, Queen of Carthage, and the Trojan hero Aeneas.

  • Couple charged in deaths

    Five months after two boarding home residents died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a backyard shed where they were being housed, the couple caring for them is facing criminal charges.

    Denise A. Encinias, 41, and Jose Encinias,, 47, who reside on the 3500 block of Ning Road, north of Las Vegas, have each been charged with two counts of neglect of a resident resulting in death, second-degree felonies. Jose Encinias is also facing a misdemeanor count of installing an LP gas heater without a license and not having that installation inspected or certified.

  • State Champs - Three-peat for Pecos cheerleaders

    One, two and now three cheer state championships call Pecos High School home. After a nearly flawless cheer routine, the highly spirited green and gold team captured its third state championship at the State Spirit Competition on Saturday at the Pit in Albuquerque.

    But it was not the only blue trophy brought home by an area native. Las Vegas native and Santa Fe High School cheer head coach Christie Baca led her squad to its Class AAAA state cheer championship title.

  • Co-op chair, manager ousted

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative Board  of Trustees appointed Chief Financial Officer LaDonna LaRan as the utility’s interim CEO and manager on Monday evening.

    That action came four days after the board majority voted to fire Chief Executive Officer and Manager Alex Romero and to remove Diego Quintana from his position as chairman of the board.

  • Firearms stolen in burglary last week

    Las Vegas police are asking for the public’s help in finding the person or people responsible for several burglaries last month, including one that occurred last Thursday on the 100 block of Commerce Street in which several firearms were taken.

    A reward is available for information leading to an arrest and/or conviction. Tips can be called in to Crimestoppers at 425-8884.

    In the Commerce Street incident, the burglar forced his or her way into the home and got away with six firearms and 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 2, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - April 2, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 2, 2014

    Band Fest 2014
    The Band Fest 2014 concert will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 3, at Ilfeld Auditorium. Music students from Robertson, West Las Vegas and Highlands University will share a common stage for the concert. The $5 ticket price will go to help the three schools’ music programs.