• West board candidate questionnaires

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. Below are responses to questionnaires sent to West Las Vegas School Board Candidates Christine M. Ludi and David G. Romero, who are both running unopposed.


    Christine M. Ludi

    Age: 56,
    Address, phone number(s) e-mail addresses: 804 South Pacific; home: 425-6643; cell: 429-1511;   cmludi@live.com.

  • LVCS board candidates questionnaire

    Editor’s note: With school board elections less than two weeks away it’s time to start brushing up on where candidates stand on the issues. The Optic submitted questionnaires to all school board candidates in San Miguel County. What follows are the responses from candidates running for a seat on the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education. We’ll run responses from the other candidates in future editions of the Optic. Election Day is Feb. 5.

    Position 1

    Ernesto J. Salazar
    Age: 42; born in Las Vegas, NM

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  • Sandy Hook kids face first classes

    By Dave Collins
    The Associated Press

    MONROE, Conn. — The youngsters who survived the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary returned to class Thursday for the first time since the shooting rampage, settling in at their old, familiar desks but in a different school in a different town.

    Classes resumed for the first time since last month’s shooting in Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six educators.

  • In Brief - Education - Jan. 4, 2013

    From The Associated Press

    Museum to keep doors open
    SANTA FE — The Santa Fe Children’s Museum has announced it raised enough money to keep its doors open.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the museum said in September it would have to shut down due to budget shortfalls unless it could raise about $200,000 by year’s end.
    As 2012 came to a close, the museum announced it had raised about $220,000, with more donations still flowing in.

  • NMHU students receive Businessweek scholarships

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Four New Mexico Highlands University business students received scholarships from Bloomberg Businessweek for writing outstanding business case studies.

    The scholarships were funded through Bloomberg Businessweek’s B-School Connection Program, with a match this fall semester from the Highlands University Foundation.  

    Melissa Frank, a business management major from the university’s Farmington Center, won the $600 gold scholarship.

  • Students of the Month - Dec. 14, 2012
  • Students of the Month
  • West district recognizes high achievers

    Submitted to the Optic
    Don Cecilio Martinez/North Star and Union Elementary Schools

    Fifth Grade
    A Honor Roll
    John Balizan
    Ricardita Mascarenas
    Brianna Bustamante
    Viana Freitas
    Destiny Montoya
    Samuel Roybal
    Lauren Sanchez
    Deandra Pacheco
    Esperanza Sena
    Samantha Vigil
    B-Honor Roll
    Mark Coca
    Ferdinand Crespin
    Estevan Gonzales
    Ryan Gonzales
    Miguel Martinez
    Marquisa Montoya
    Joshua Ortega
    Mia Packard
    Julius Vaughn
    John Fernandez
    Santianna Medrano
    Mateo Stewart
    Joseph Spaulding
    Bailey Douglas
    Raul Esquibel
    Abimeleck Gibbs
    Jesus Santiago
    Cynthia Maestas

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