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  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 9, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

  • Looking Back - April 9, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, April 7 — Members of the chorus line for the upcoming musical, “Guys and Dolls,” are rehearsing their dance routine. They are Kathy Stark, Raton; Olivia Lovato, Clayton; Liz McDuffie, New Orleans, La.; Beth Thomas, Santa Fe; Francine Parker, Las Vegas; Rhodina Fronabarger, Las Vegas; and Jean Sutherland, Las Cruces. The musical will have a two-day run at Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 9, 2014

    Great American Cleanup
    Volunteers are needed to clean up the Plaza Park at 9 a.m. Saturday. Participants may sign up at the park at 9 a.m. They will receive a ticket that entitles them to a free meal and refreshments. Keep America Beautiful, sponsor of the event, will provide tools, trash bags and gloves. Contact Diego Trujillo at (505) 426-3216, or kablvnm@ci.las.vegas.nm.us

  • Weather - April 9, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 75. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 42. West wind 10-20 mph.

     Mostly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 10-20 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 38.

    Sunny, with a high near 75. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 76.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:36 a.m. to 7:29 p.m.

  • Training graduate
  • Career fair
  • East board picks Cordova

    During a marathon meeting on Saturday, the Las Vegas City Schools board unanimously chose Ruben Cordova for superintendent.

    Cordova, who is currently retired, will be offered a two-year contract to run the east side school district at a $110,000 annual salary. The other finalist for the position was longtime educator and Las Vegas native Barbara Perea Casey, who interviewed with the board late Saturday morning. Neither Perea Casey nor Cordova stayed for the board vote that was held around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the board room.

  • Band Fest
  • Family caregivers focus of study

    State Rep. Tomás Salazar knows first hand what it’s like to care for elderly family members.

    He, his siblings and other immediate family members took care of Salazar’s father until he died at the age of 86 in 1999.

    They are now caring for their mother, who is 92.

    "The challenges center in insuring that they remain safe and that their numerous daily and health care needs are met,” Salazar said.

  • Shootings prompt calls for change

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The recent fatal police shooting of a homeless camper who spent years in and out of jail and New Mexico’s only psychiatric hospital has sparked a push for more mental health resources in the state and a law requiring people with severe mental illnesses to take medications or face involuntary hospitalization.