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  • Looking Back - April 28, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, April 23 — Highlands University’s basketball star Bill Dinwiddie has received a watch as an award for being named to the United Press International and Associated Press Little All-America teams. The watch was donated by Gordon Jewelry and presented by Calvin Baker.

  • Weather - April 28, 2014

    Areas of blowing dust after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Windy, with a northwest wind 25-35 mph, with gusts as high as 50 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 27. Windy, with a northwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 56. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming northeast in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.


  • Highlands hikes tuition

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University has long had a reputation as being one of the best bargains in the nation for students seeking a college degree.

    Over the years, President Jim Fries and regents have discussed the benefits and drawbacks of that distinction, with Fries often pointing out that in our society, cost is often equated with quality.

  • Slain man’s family upset with judge

    The family of a man who was shot to death and then burned last May is upset that one of the men charged in the case remains out on bond despite twice being accused of violating his conditions of release.

    “He violated, and the judge let him go twice,” said Willie Bachicha, the victim’s father.

    “We want fairness,” said Floribal Bachicha, the victim’s brother. “We’re not asking for favoritism.”

  • Vegas bridge gets a brief makeover

    If you happened upon University Bridge between Pecos Street and Grand Avenue earlier this week, you might have been a little confused.

    The bridge was closed from Monday through Wednesday, and, if you looked closely enough, you may have spotted the black truck with sirens and lettering on the side that spelled out “Policía Federal.” Then there were the Mexican flags flying above the bridge.

    No, you didn’t sleep through a revolution. FX Network was filming the bridge as a double for the bridge between El Paso and Juarez, Mexico.

  • Senior profile - Eloy Gonzales

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    During the past 28 years, Eloy Gonzales has fought and survived against difficult odds, proving that he is a fighter. He also has much to celebrate.

  • Jail Log - April 25, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 14 and April 22:
    Randy Ortiz, 36, aggravated DWI, improper use of registration, driving a vehicle at night without lights
    Sage Gallegos, 22, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Ruby Maestas, 29, mental health hold
    Anthony Romero, 46, aggravated DWI (sixth)
    Richard Martinez, 44, failure to appear, failure to appear bench warrant SM Magistrate /Mora Magistrate
    Andre Trujillo, 21, battery on household member

  • Looking Back - April 25, 2014

    In 1964

    Tuesday, April 21 — Classic League winners, the Barber Quartet, with sponsors, and recipients of a bowling trophy, are the following: Tony Lovato, Ivan Hilton, Rudy Vigil, Filly Vigil, Trancy Rudolph, Charlie Padilla, John Burns, Sol Marmor and Merle Meyer. Teams competing in the State Bowling Tournament this weekend in Albuquerque are Sportsman’s Bar, The Rancheros, Olivas 7-11, the Ball and Chain League and a combined El Nido-Vegas Bowl team.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 25, 2014

    Clean out your medicine cabinets

    The Las Vegas Police Department is asking residents to clear their medicine chests of unused prescription drugs. Police are providing a drop-off site from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday outside Community 1st Bank, Sixth and Douglas. The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked.

  • Weather - April 25, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Windy, with a southwest wind 5-15 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44. Windy, with a southwest wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph in the evening. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.