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  • Unions: Furloughs not needed

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Unions representing New Mexico state employees are speaking out against Gov. Susana Martinez’s plan to save money by furloughing government workers.

    State Personnel Director Justin Najaka sent letters to union leaders this week letters indicating Martinez is moving forward with the furloughs. The notice comes after warnings from Martinez that New Mexico could run out of cash before the budget year ends in June, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • Tuition increase on tap at NMHU

    Students attending New Mexico Highlands this coming fall will have to dig a bit deeper into their pockets for tuition and fees and other expenses.

    Just how deep may be determined on Friday, when the school’s board of regents meets at Kennedy Lounge. The meeting gets under way at 9 a.m.

    Consideration of recommended increases in tuition, fees, housing and meal plans will be part of a full agenda of action items.

  • J Boog concert Saturday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University presents J Boog, a renowned reggae singer and songwriter of Samoan descent, at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex, 1241 Ninth St.

    J Boog’s popularity has soared since his debut album “Hear Me Roar” in 2007. His 2011 album,  “Backyard Boogie” earned him the Best New Entertainer of the Year Award in 2012 at Chicago’s International Reggae and World Music Awards.

  • Day at the MVD - A REAL pain - New Mexicans grappling with new requirements

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Since New Mexico began complying with tougher federal identification requirements, hundreds of state residents have legally changed their names or amended their birth certificates to prove their identities.

    That includes dozens of Las Vegas residents.

  • Jail Log - April 28, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 18 and 25:
    Gerardo Sustanta, 47, aggravated battery on a household member, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    Sarah Garduño, 30, bench warrant: driving on a suspended license, expired registration, no insurance, San Miguel County Magistrate Court
    James Barber, 62, bench warrant: revoked conditions of release, San Miguel District Court
    Tina Baca, 51, bench warrant: failure to appear, San Miguel District Court

  • Weather - April 28, 2017

    Friday

    HIGH 57° / LOW 31°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 57. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Friday night — rain showers likely before midnight, then snow showers likely.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:12 a.m. to 7:45 p.m.

    Saturday

  • Indigo Theater to show award-winning documentary

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas’ Indigo Theater will premiere “Awakening in Taos” starting today. The film tells the story of social activist and patron of the arts Mabel Dodge Luhan, a woman 100 years ahead of her time.

    “Awakening in Taos,” a film by Mark Gordon and narrated by Ali MacGraw, with the voice of Leslie Harrell Dillen as Mabel Dodge,  will launch a series at New Mexico cities.

  • 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.