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  • Looking Back - March 21, 2014

    In 1964

  • Looking Ahead - News - March 21, 2014

    ‘Dog See God’ play Friday at Sala de Madrid

    Nat Gold Players presents “Dog See God,” 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and Saturday, and 3 p.m. at Sala de Madrid on the NMHU campus. Admission is $10, seniors and LVAC members, $8, and students with ID are $5. Play not suitable for children younger than 14.

  • Weather - March 21, 2014

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 63. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. South wind 10-15 mph, becoming east after midnight.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Sunday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 53. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    7:03 a.m. to 7:13 p.m.

  • Ex-chairman dies at 95

    By Douglass K. Daniel
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Bob Strauss could work with anybody — Democrats and Republicans, Americans and Soviets, Israelis and Arabs. Playing the game and making the deal made his day.

  • Health Council to conduct community forum Tuesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The San Miguel Family and Community Health Council will conduct a community forum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the new Student Center on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. The forum will be in Room 322.

  • YouthBuild program
  • New Mexico seeks to lure Tesla battery factory

    Associated Press

    Excited by economic prospects, New Mexico officials are hoping to avoid what happened six years ago when Tesla Motors opted against establishing an auto manufacturing plant in the state.

    They’re discussing a variety of options in an effort to convince Tesla to build a lithium-ion battery factory here, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Gov wants NM to stop collecting union dues

    Associated Press

    Contact talks with state employee unions are at an impasse because New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez wants the state to stop collecting union dues through withdrawals from employees’ paychecks, the governor said.

    The Republican governor raised the issue this week at a real estate luncheon in Albuquerque while criticizing teachers unions for opposing her administration’s policy initiatives, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Free tax help available

    Associated Press

    Low income residents and senior citizens in New Mexico can get their taxes prepared for free.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was in Albuquerque Tuesday to highlight Tax Help New Mexico, which offers free tax preparation for anyone over 65 and New Mexicans with an annual income of less than $52,000.

    Last season, Tax Help New Mexico prepared 31,478 returns that resulted in $19 million in refunds and saved New Mexicans more than $4 million in tax preparation fees.

  • City to begin removing signs

    The city of Las Vegas is warning political candidates that it plans to begin removing political signs from public property and from the public right of way, including utility poles.

    City officials have been looking into the issue for about two weeks after Ward 1 candidate Oliver L’Esperance complained about opponent Tonita Gurule-Giron’s signs being in the public right of way.