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  • New pet ordinance on horizon

    If you live in San Miguel County and you’re used to letting your animals roam freely, you might want to listen up.

    The San Miguel County Commission is planning to take action on a new pet ordinance at a meeting at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at the San Miguel County Administration Complex. Public input will be accepted.

    Copies of the ordinance are available on the county’s website, and at the offices of the county clerk, county sheriff and county manager.

  • Highlands dean to keep job

    The Highlands University administrator who helped his cousin secure an administrative Public Education Department license he didn’t qualify for will keep his job at the university.

    Highlands Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo sent an employment verification letter to the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau in 2013 that significantly overstated the time his cousin Charles Trujillo worked as a Highlands administrator. 

  • ‘He almost took me away from my son’

    Monday started out like any other day for Natasha Lopez.

    The 27-year-old Anton Chico resident had made the 40-minute drive to Las Vegas and dropped her 7-year-old son off at Rio Gallinas and her 14-year-old sister at West.

    She had some time before her class at Luna Community College, so she drove to Keyes Park and was passing the time by watching Netflix on her cellphone.

  • Nuke labs in NM weigh requiring passports for entry

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Two nuclear research labs would require visitors to show passports or other forms of identification if New Mexico does not comply with tougher U.S. regulations for driver’s licenses, creating uncertainty in a state that grants IDs to immigrants regardless of their legal status.

  • Mora schools chief submits resignation

    MORA — It’s official. Charles Trujillo, the embattled superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, submitted his written resignation, and the school board approved it at a special meeting on Friday.

    The resignation follows an investigative report by the Optic that Trujillo faked his credential in order to obtain his administrative license. Trujillo surrendered his education licenses to the state Public Education Department two days after the Optic story was published.

  • Editorial Roundup - Nov. 1, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Corpus Christi Caller-Times on immigration (Oct. 14):

    The recent stories in the Caller-Times of young adult immigrants who grew up in this country, only to be deported or forced out by other circumstances, tore our hearts. They also demonstrated on a human level that immigration is more complex of an issue than our laws are designed to address and our politicians care to admit.

  • Study: Kids take 100-plus required tests through 12th grade

    By Jennifer C. Kerr and Josh Lederman
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — Students, parents and teachers have long lamented the hours that kids spend taking standardized tests, especially since the introduction of the Common Core academic standards. But just how much time each year is it?

  • Administration looks into student debt

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    U.S. colleges will face new restrictions on using debit cards to distribute financial aid, and people with low incomes will have new options for repaying student loans under a pair of regulations given final approval by the Obama administration on Tuesday.

  • Mora, Zuni saw big drops in graduation rates

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    Some rural New Mexico school districts saw around a 20-percentage point drop in high school graduation rates over three years while others experienced a 15 percentage point decline in just a year, according to a review by The Associated Press.

  • Correction - Nov. 1, 2015

    Mikael Vigil, 6, of Las Vegas rides a pony during the recent Halloween Carnival and Pumpkin Festival held late last month at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center.  The Optic misidentified Vigil in Wednesday’s front page.