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  • New HU dean outlines priorities

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Two top priorities for the new School of Business, Media and Technology dean at Highlands University are accreditation and reviewing academic programs to streamline degree completion.

    “We’re getting ready for accreditation in 2017 with Mary Romero, an excellent department chair, leading that effort,” Taylor said. “We’re also doing a complete review of our academic programs to make sure we can graduate students in four years at 120 credit hours.”

  • ‘No’ to Obama’s immigration plans, high court says

    By Mark Sherman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A short-handed and deeply divided Supreme Court deadlocked Thursday on President Barack Obama’s immigration plan to help millions living in the U.S. illegally, effectively killing the plan for the rest of his presidency and raising the stakes even further for the November elections.

  • Jail Log June 24, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 13 and June 22:
    Gerald Saiz, 37, 60-day commitment
    Luanna Lucero, 32, probation violation: absconding
    Hjalmer Spottedbear, 31, disorderly conduct, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer
    Daniel Orndorff, 28, probation violation: possession of heroin
    Leopoldo Lovato, 51, driving on a suspended/revoked license
    Andrea Gonzales, 39, battery on a household member
    Tana Varela, 37, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Dems end 25-hour House floor protest over guns

    By Erica Werner

    AP Congressional Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — Weary but jubilant House Democrats ended their extraordinary sit-in on the chamber’s floor Thursday more than 24 hours after it began, a protest that let them broadcast their demands around the world for gun-control votes in the wake of the mass shooting at a Florida nightclub.

  • Fundraiser planned for teen

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A fundraiser will be held Saturday for a Sapello teen left paralyzed after a bull stepped on him, crushing all but one of the eight vertebrae in his neck.

    Since the Memorial Day accident during a bull riding camp in Maxwell, Jeramiah Gouin, 17, has remained in the neurological intensive care unit at the University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque, said family spokesman Shane Sena, who is Jeramiah’s cousin. Jeramiah is the only child of Dennis and Rose Gouin.

  • Royalty for Las Fiestas de Las Vegas
  • West is launching search for new chief

    After spending more than three decades on the field of education, West Las Vegas School superintendent Gene Parson will soon enter retirement. During a board meeting on Monday evening, the school board voted unanimously to advertise the position for the upcoming school year and let Parson’s contract expire on June 30.

    “I am grateful for the opportunity at West,” Parson said during a telephone interview on Tuesday morning. “Fact is, my intentions were not to retire, unless I really have to. It’s truly unfortunate the way it happened.”

  • NM 49th for children for 3rd year

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s high poverty rate and staggering education statistics kept the state from improving its second-to-last place standing in the country for children, a report released Tuesday said.

  • Meth dealer gets 9 years in prison

    Las  Vegas Optic

    A Pecos man has been sentenced to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking controlled substances and possession of a controlled substance.

    Shayne Schneider, 31, was sentenced by District Judge Matthew J. Sandoval in May. District Attorney Richard Flores announced the sentence in a news release Tuesday.

    In his release, Flores said his office will continue to seek stiff sentences for those who traffick methamphetamine “in an effort to rid the community of this dangerous and harmful drug.”

  • Some evacuees return as progress made on fire

    The Associated Press

    ESTANCIA — Firefighters took advantage of improving weather to partially corral a raging wildfire in central New Mexico and clear the way for some evacuees to return to their homes on Tuesday.

    Authorities in Bernalillo and Torrance counties lifted evacuation orders in some areas north and south of the fire that has destroyed at least two dozen homes and blackened some 28 square miles.