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  • Valley Elem./ Middle School Jan. 2018 Students of the Month

    Here are the Valley Elementary and Middle School students of the month for January 2018.

    They are Justina Tapia, kindergarten; Max Buell, first grade; Luvena Padilla, second grade; Valentin Romero, third grade; Emilio Montano, fourth grade; Josiah Rubio, eigth grade; Santana Sandoval, sixth grade; Frank Gonzales, fifth grade.

  • Valley Elem./Middle School, Jan. 2018 Student of the Month

    Seventh-grader Amor Bustamante is Valley Elementary and Middle School's student of the month for January 2018.

  • NMHU program designed to help bring life to language

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    PECOS — The New Mexico Highlands University Spanish Program is planning activities for 2018 that aim to bring the language alive through enriching students’ understanding of Hispanic history and culture in Northern New Mexico and the U.S.

  • Silver Alert issued for Ribera woman

    Las Vagas Optic reports

    The New Mexico State Police are asking the public's assistance in locating a Ribera-area woman who went missing Thursday.

  • Reflections of Company C

    By Maurilio Vigil, Special to the Optic

    The story is the first in a multi-part series. Part two can be found here: goo.gl/mkUDeP

    Frank Belisandro “Billy” Rodriguez was not feeling particularly patriotic or overly “gung ho” to be a soldier on Sept. 16, 1940, when he decided to enlist in the New Mexico National Guard.

  • Driver of pickup truck cited

    The driver of the truck that crashed into a Douglas Avenue building on, Feb. 1, injuring two female pedestrians, has been cited for careless driving by Las Vega Police.

    According to police reports, Russell Ritchie, 53, of Springer, was trying to park his GMC truck at 715 Douglas Ave., but instead of using the brake, he accidentally hit the gas pedal.

    The truck jumped the curb and struck Clynn Finnegan, 73 of Las Vegas, and Annette Baca, 46, also of Las Vegas.

  • Education funding bill hopes dim

    By Robert Nott, The Santa Fe New Mexican
    SANTA FE — Early childhood education proponents are proclaiming a big win now that the House of Representatives has approved a measure to pull more funds from the state’s $17.5 billion Land Grant Permanent Fund to pay for prekindergarten programs.

    But House Joint Resolution 1, as the measure is known, will soon have to navigate its way through the choppy waters of the Senate Finance Committee before it goes to the full Senate for debate and a vote.

  • Could N.M. become two-plate state?

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — What do you have on the front of your car?

    New Mexico is one of 19 states that does not require a front license plate, leaving room for plenty of custom plates bearing the names of automotive dealers, the brands of car makers, the logos of sports teams and of universities and all manner of slogans.

    Plenty of New Mexicans do not have anything at all affixed to their front bumper.

  • Lottery reform tabled

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The state lottery’s luck may have run out at the Legislature.
    A House committee on Wednesday tabled a bill that would end a requirement that the New Mexico Lottery turn over 30 percent of the gross revenue of ticket sales for the state’s college scholarship program.

  • Museum supporters to host Valentine’s dance Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Friends of the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection, in partnership with the Las Vegas City Museum, are hosting their seventh annual Sweetheart Dance and meeting at the historic Plaza Hotel Ballroom on Saturday.