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  • Highlands: Harsh budget reality

    “We’re on a holding pattern,” New Mexico Highlands Vice President for Finance Max Baca told the audience at Friday’s special meeting of the school’s board of regents. “It makes us all nervous. We’re all stuck in limbo.”

    The subject and source of the uncertainty: a shaky budget forecast for the 2017-18 fiscal year that — as of this week — contains no new state funding.

  • Samaritan could be homeless

    Samaritan House is known to help others in need with housing options, but now the nonprofit organization has found itself in its own housing crisis.

    George Lyon, Samaritan House’s executive director, said that on April 11 he received a letter from the city of Las Vegas notifying him that Samaritan would need to find another location.

    “It is going to be catastrophic for us,” Lyon said during an interview  Monday. “We haven’t been successful in finding another place.”

  • All about the environment - Climate summit, cleanup this weekend

    Submitted to the Optic

    The first Climate Awareness Summit at Highlands University April 29 aims to raise awareness about climate change and spark activism for environmental issues.

  • Viento musician mourned by town

    He made music with his saxophone, his keyboards and his singing voice.

    But perhaps the sound most people who knew Raymond Baca will remember the most is his laugh — an infectious chuckle that often punctuated his sentences.

    Baca, 51, died early Sunday.

    He had been a custodian and bus driver for the Las Vegas City Schools district and a part-time security guard at Luna Community College.

    Among his other previous jobs, he had worked for the United World College as a groundskeeper and KNMX as a disc jockey.

  • Weather - April 26, 2017

    Wednesday

    HIGH 62° / LOW 40°
    A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly before 7 a.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. North wind 10 to 20 mph becoming west in the afternoon.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:14 a.m. to 7:43 p.m.

    Thursday

    HIGH 67° / LOW 37°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. Windy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph increasing to 30 to 35 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:13 a.m. to 7:44 p.m.

  • Flamenco lessons return to Las Vegas

    By Beth Urech
    For the Optic

    Brilliant musician, gifted composer and emerging entrepreneur Ronald Maltais is bringing flamenco to Las Vegas.

    It’s an opportunity to appreciate and learn a vibrant and dazzling dance form which originated centuries ago in Southern Spain. Who knows? Perhaps once upon a time flamenco was performed right here in Meadow City with strumming guitars and stomping heels.

  • The return of Carnegie

    By Cindy Collins and Lee Einer
    Special to the Optic

    Carnegie Library is undergoing an exterior restoration, but more money is needed to finish the job.

    The 113-year-old library, built in 1904, is in need of both cosmetic and structural help.

    Community members have donated roughly $21,000 for the work, and the City of Las Vegas is contributing $1,189 for paint and other supplies.

  • Police union in duel with city

    Tensions between city of Las Vegas and the local police union are heating up. City officials are saying the police department is overstaffed, while officers maintain the department is understaffed.

  • Working for a healthier community

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    Osei Bissau felt helpless as he watched his friends and family struggle with heart disease. He felt powerless seeing relatives afflicted by cancer and diabetes.

    Now he’s fighting back.

    Bissau, a Highlands graduate student completing a human performance and sport degree with a concentration in wellness, is working to start a nonprofit to encourage healthy behaviors in underserved communities.

  • Trump administration renews border wall talk

    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Money for the wall President Donald Trump wants to build along the U.S. border with Mexico must be part of the massive spending bill Congress is preparing, the White House budget director says.

    Additional funding also must be included to hire more immigration agents, Mick Mulvaney told The Associated Press in an interview in which he laid out the top priorities of the president.