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  • PED missed red flag on Trujillo

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

    A simple cross-check of Charles Trujillo’s personnel file would have alerted the state Public Education Department to the fact that the now-disgraced former Professional Licensure Bureau chief did not have the master’s degree he was claiming on his licensure application and that he falsified one of the school transcripts he submitted with that licensure application.

  • Senior Profile - Curtis Plagge - All the world’s a stage

    By Gwen Albers
    Las Vegas Optic

    Curtis Plagge jokes that he’s lived “four lifetimes” during his 64 years.

    A 1969 Robertson High School graduate who two years ago returned to San Miguel County, Plagge has worked as a film, television and theater actor and stuntman, and as a comedian, who delivered more than 6,000 singing telegrams.

  • Millennials challenging pollsters

    By Gillian Flaccus, Tamara Lush and Martha Irvine
    The Associated Press

    America’s oldest millennials — nearing 20 when airplanes slammed into the World Trade Center — can remember the economic prosperity of the 1990s, and when a different Clinton ran for president. The younger end of the generation — now nearing 20 — can’t recall a time without terrorism or economic worry.

  • Gruesome killing of 10-year-old horrifies friends and neighbors

    By Russell Contreras and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — It was in early morning darkness that officers scrambled to sort out the chaos at an Albuquerque apartment complex where a couple had reportedly been attacked, the woman bleeding from a head injury and the man sporting a black eye and wearing blood-stained shorts.

    The woman told officers her 10-year-old daughter was still inside apartment number 808 from which they had escaped.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 28, 2016

    In 1966

  • Weather - Aug. 28, 2016

    Sunday

    HIGH 78° / LOW 52°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming east in the afternoon.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:30 a.m. to 7:33 p.m.

    Monday

    HIGH 77° / LOW 52°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77.
    Monday night — a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:31 a.m. to 7:31 p.m.

  • Group stands with breast cancer victims

    Angela Najar’s life changed dramatically when she learned that she had breast cancer during the summer of 2014.

    After her diagnosis, she faced surgery after surgery. But perhaps even more daunting than the operations was the fear of the disease itself.  

    This was not her first go-rounder with breast cancer. She had witnessed her mother battle the disease twice. And while her mother had managed to conquer the cancer, her grandmother wasn’t as lucky. Breast cancer took the life of her grandmother.

  • Many area schools see improvement

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    More New Mexico public schools earned “A’’ or “B’’ grades last school year, but more than a third still received “D’’ or “F’’ grades, according to results released Wednesday by the state Public Education Department.

    In the Las Vegas area, eight schools improved, with Las Vegas City Schools’ Early Childhood Center showing the most improvement. It jumped three letter grades to secure a “B” rating.

  • Interviews for finalists scheduled for Sept. 3

    West Las Vegas students have already returned to the classroom, but the position at the district’s helm has yet to be filled permanently.

    The school board is, however, inching closer to hiring a new superintendent.

    During a meeting on Wednesday evening, the board scheduled interviews for the finalists for Sept. 3 and reached unanimous agreement on 12 questions that will be asked of each of the applicants.

  • State confronts budget shortfalls amid oil bust

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    RED RIVER — The full extent of New Mexico’s budget crisis came into sharp focus Wednesday as state economists described an 8 percent plunge in revenues during the fiscal year that ended in June and warned state lawmakers of a looming budget deficit during the current year.