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  • Cultural show at World College

    The United World College-USA will host its African cultural show at 7 p.m. Saturday in Kluge Auditorium on the Montezuma campus.

    The free student performance brings a celebration of music, dance and more to the stage.

    The event is open to the public.

  • Man found dead at New Mexico Ave. home

    Las Vegas Police were called to the 2600 block of New Mexico Avenue on Sunday and ended up dealing with the city's first apparent homicide in about 18 months.

    In a news release from LVPD Deputy Chief Ken Jenkins, the victim of the apparent shooting identified only as a man in his 30s, and there was no suspect description included. 

  • Strengthening the middle (school)

    If all goes as planned, West Las Vegas Middle School students now being taught at the Family Partnership facility will be able to get their instruction in their newly renovated school building in August.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Jan. 21, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 11 and 18, 2018:

    Tracy A. Crespin, Felony Warrant, San Miguel District Court.

    Mario B. Baca, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court / Adult Probation.

    Karl Matthew Gaines, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Louanna Lucero, Bench Warrant, Adult Probation / San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Joanna K. Mankenberg, Aggravated Driving While Under The Influence, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • City Schools extend Cooper’s contract

    In a move similar to that made recently by its West Las Vegas counterparts, Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education members have also extended the contract of their superintendent for two years.

    The Board voted to approve a two-year contract extension for Kelt Cooper at Thursday’s regular monthly board meeting after an executive session to discuss Cooper’s evaluation.

  • 2018 Legislature: Hispanic caucus takes shape

    The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Thursday, a bipartisan group of lawmakers created the Legislative Hispanic Caucus, which will, as they put it in a letter, advocate on behalf of Hispanics and under-represented communities across New Mexico.

    The group comes the same week as Senate Democrats elected Mimi Stewart of Albuquerque to serve as their new whip ­— meaning not a single Hispanic member would be part of the party’s leadership in that chamber.

  • ‘We need more money’

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Lines of young children filed into the Roundhouse on Thursday wearing cowboy hats, bandanas and sheriff’s badges for another showdown of sorts over funding for early childhood education.

    The kids are likely to be outgunned politically as long as fiscally conservative Democrats hold sway in the state Senate.

  • Nursing compact signed

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez signed a new nurse licensing compact on Thursday, averting what one lawmaker warned would be a health care crisis by ensuring nurses with licenses from more than two dozen other states can continue practicing in New Mexico without getting a separate certificate.

  • What’s after governorship for Martinez?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Guessing what Gov. Susana Martinez might do next after she leaves the state’s top elected office at the end of 2018 has become something of a parlor game in New Mexico politics.

    Just a few years ago, observers occasionally mentioned the two-term Republican as a potential vice-presidential nominee in 2016.

    Too late for that but might she run for U.S. Senate?

    “Why would I want to be one of 100?” she said Thursday.

  • Tony Serna Jr. Elementary — November 2017 Students of the Month

    Tony Serna Jr. Elementary School has announced its students of the month for November 2017. 

    They are Ezekiel Sanchez, Kristopher Brito, Peyton Richardson, Aaliyah Manzanares and Thomas White.