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  • Luna trustees hear from students

    Amid a nearly full hall in the Student Services building Tuesday morning, four members of the Luna Community College Board of Trustees heard concerns and frustrations during a special meeting.

    Questions focused on what it and LCC administration was doing, and how it was going to make its case to retain accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission. In its Nov. 8 letter to Luna Interim President Ricky Serna, HLC cited five areas in which the school is in non-compliance.

  • We’ve got spirit — yes, we do

    In the week leading up to the West Las Vegas High School football team’s Nov. 3 regular-season finale against St. Michael’s, the school handily won KRQE-TV’s online Spirit Stick contest.

    The Dons received more than 20,000 votes in the contest, easily outpacing St. Michaels and the other two schools involved that week, Pojoaque Valley and Atrisco Heritage.

  • LCC culinary skills on display at event

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Luna Community College hosted a Leadership New Mexico Dinner on Thursday, Nov. 2 at its media arts and theater building. Over 50 leaders representing 19 cities from throughout New Mexico were in attendance. 

  • Honoring those who served

    Photo by Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    Volunteers served up a delicious meal during a recent Veterans Day breakfast at theLas Vegas Elks Lodge.

    Several sites in the San Miguel and Mora county area, including El Sombrero restaurant in Las Vegas, will be serving up a different kind of meal Thursday for Thanksgiving.

  • N.M. Dems mandate harassment training

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  —  The Democratic Party of New Mexico says its political candidates will need to complete sexual harassment prevention training to receive campaign support from the party in 2018 elections.

  • The Nation and World In Brief, Nov. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    African leader won’t resign

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Only GOP Lt. Gov. hopeful drops out

    ALBUQUERQUE — The only Republican candidate for New Mexico lieutenant governor has abruptly withdrawn from the race.

    Former Indian Affairs Department Secretary Kelly Zunie dropped out Friday, citing concerns about residency requirements.

  • Water Alliance policy angers San Juan residents

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, some families in an area in western San Miguel County have more on their minds than sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

    Installation of new infrastructure has been followed be a change in rates for El Valle Water Alliance in the area of the village of San Juan, located southeast of Pecos. San Miguel County Commission Chair Rock Ulibarri he's aware of a water service shutoff that has left about 10 families with no water since Wednesday, Nov. 15.

  • Jury convicts Griego on some corruption charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — A former state senator, who lives in San Miguel County, was convicted Thursday of fraud, bribery and felony ethical violations in a corruption trial over accusations he used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Opening the Sabinoso

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, U.S. senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed the completion of the process to accept the Wilderness Land Trust’s donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, to the American people. The property is adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico and is now part of the wilderness area.

    The donation includes a road easement that provides the public with access to the wilderness for the very first time.