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  • Applicants sought for East post

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar’s seat on the board will be vacant starting Friday, and on that day, applications for the position will become available.

    Earlier this month, Salazar announced that he was resigning from the board, citing job relocation and health issues plaguing his father. He did not recommend anyone to fill his seat.

  • Having a blast
  • Auditor: No federal review of alleged fraud

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal Medicaid agency isn’t planning to review a decision by Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration last year to freeze payments to mental health providers because of alleged fraud, mismanagement and overbillings, State Auditor Hector Balderas said Thursday.

    In a letter to a legislative panel, Balderas said the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services informed him in March it decided not to review state findings of “credible allegations of fraud” against more than a dozen providers.

  • Changes coming to teacher evals

    The Associated Press

    Several changes will be made to New Mexico’s teacher evaluation system, which has hit several snags since its launch, the state’s top education official said Friday.

    Education Secretary Hanna Skandera said the changes will address the reporting of incorrect data and grant more flexibility to schools, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Board told premium subsidies unaffected by ruling

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexicans will continue to qualify for subsidies if they buy medical insurance from a government online marketplace, a state insurance exchange official said Friday.

    Conflicting federal court rulings have raised questions about the availability of subsidies when enrollment opens later this year.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 28, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Forest travel plan upheld

    Conservation groups say a federal court has upheld a travel management plan for the Santa Fe National Forest that limits access for recreational use.
    The U.S. District Court in Albuquerque ruled Friday that a statewide off-highway vehicle user group that sued the forest over the plan did not have a persuasive enough argument.
    The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance filed its lawsuit in 2012 after a forest supervisor signed off on the plan.

  • Looking Back - July 28, 2014

    In 1964
    Tuesday, July 28 — Three members of the Beeville, Texas, High School football squad are discussing enrollment plans with Highlands University head coach Jack Scofield during a visit here. They are center Rabb Wyatt (6-1, 190), quarterback, Jody Council (5-8, 155) and tackle Ronnie McCraig. Scofield had trouble getting McCraig on the scales. The NMHU scale goes to 250 pounds but the big tackle weighs 291 pounds and stands 6-3. All three will report for fall practice on Aug. 31.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 28, 2014

    Monday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 58. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming light east.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 81. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56.

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  • Mixed results for Vegas schools

    School grades released by the state Public Education Department Thursday morning contain both good and bad news for Las Vegas-area schools.

    The best-performing school in both the West Las Vegas and Las Vegas City Schools districts, by far, was Union Elementary.