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  • Weather - May 29, 2013

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Windy, with a west wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, decreasing to 10-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 80. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47. Breezy.


  • Trudell’s documentary showing at Ilfeld Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    New Mexico Highlands University will present Tara Trudell’s narrative documentary film Poem Home at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Ilfeld Auditorium at 900 University Ave.
    Trudell, 44, of Las Vegas, is an award-winning filmmaker and poet who will graduate from Highlands University in the fall semester with a BFA in media arts with an emphasis in filmmaking.

  • State-of-the-art learning

    Luna Community College’s nursing program got a little stronger Tuesday as the college unveiled a new state-of-the art simulation lab that students will be training in.

    Gov. Susana Martinez was on hand as college officials unveiled the lab, which was made possible by a Title V grant.

    “It’s an exciting day for us to showcase the state-of-the-art simulation lab...,” LCC Title V Director Lorraine Martinez said. “A new era of medical learning will be addressed with simulators.”

  • Obstacles no match for RHS grad

    Raymundo Melendez   walked across the stage at Robertson High School on Friday morning, marking an end to a conquered challenge. Graduating from high school took lots of hard work, dedication and focus for Melendez, who has severe learning disabilities.

    Nevertheless, the 18-year-old defied the odds.

    “I have a disability in reading and math,” Melendez said during a recent interview. “I just got my report card today (Thursday) and I got an A in pre-calculus. So, I am very proud of that.”

  • Vandalism case handed to state police

    New Mexico State Police has taken over the investigation of the Robertson High School vandalism.

    The Las Vegas Police Department turned the criminal case over to state police on Thursday in an effort to avoid any appearance of impropriety, Deputy Las Vegas Chief Eugene Garcia confirmed.

    In addition, Garcia said the damage estimate has been reduced from the original estimate of between $20,000 and $40,000 to $2,000. The reduced estimate could mean that anyone charged in the vandalism  would face lesser charges.

  • Southwest Capital promotes Melton

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has promoted Mike Melton to Regional President.

    “Everything I have done over the past 20 years has helped prepare me for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Melton, who is now completing his final year at the Graduate School of Banking in Colorado. He expects to finish in the top 10 percent of his class.

    “I consider this to be the greatest honor and privilege to serve the community I love so much as Southwest Capital Bank’s first regional president,” Melton said.

  • UWC Graduation
  • Weather - May 27, 2013

    Sunny, with a high near 82. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 49. Breezy.

    Sunny, with a high near 81. Breezy. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 46. Breezy.

    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Breezy. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 42. Breezy.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 27, 2013

    Donations to be accepted for rummage sale
    Basement Bargain Sale,  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 1 at United Methodist Church. Eighth and National. Donations will be accepted from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 and Wednesday, May 29. They will not accept any clothes or books. All proceeds will benefit United Methodist Church.

  • Looking Back - May 27, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, May 28 — Jose G. Anaya, photographer’s mate airman, USN, husband of the former Miss Gloria J. Roybal, 400 Valley St., has completed basic Photographer’s Mate School at the Naval Air Technical Training Unit, Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla. Marine Pvt. Eugene C. Mortimer, son of Dr. and Mrs. H.M. Mortimer, completed four weeks of individual combat training with the Second Infantry Training Regiment at Camp Pendleton, Calif.