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  • Weather - April 24, 2015

    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Breezy, with a west wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 20-25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a west wind 15-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. West wind 15-20 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39.


  • Correction - April 24

    The Optic erroneously identified Presidential Search Committee Chairman Doyle Daves as the head of the Highlands Foundation. Daves’ term as head of the Highlands Foundation ended in October.

  • In Brief - News - April 24, 2015

    The Associated Press

  • Commission closer to decision

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The future of an aging coal-fired power plant that provides electricity to more than 2 million people in New Mexico and other parts of the Southwest rests in the hands of state regulators.

    The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday received a briefing from a hearing examiner on his recommendations regarding a plan by the state’s largest electric provider to replace part of the San Juan Generating Station with a mix of more coal, natural gas, nuclear and solar power.

  • State to spend $2.75B on public ed.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Spending on early childhood programs and public schools in New Mexico will top $2.75 billion in the coming budget year.

    That’s the largest amount in state history. It will include funding to implement several new initiatives by the state Public Education Department.

    The majority of the budget, $2.5 billion, goes to the schools based on a formula that takes into account student body size, school size and special education needs.

    The rest of the budget is allocated for specific initiatives.

  • Dubious award for Mora

    Mora County was looking for national attention when it adopted its community rights ordinance two years ago, and it certainly got it. But this may not be the type of attention the county had in mind.

    A Charlottesville, Va., organization that strives to draw national attention to egregious attacks on the First Amendment by handing out anti-censorship awards every year has selected Mora County as one of this year’s recipients for the dubious honor.

  • It’s Bear Season
  • West renews contract with Summit Foods

    Summit Foods will stay  at West Las Vegas schools for at least one more year. During a board meeting late last week the board unanimously approved a one-year extension to the food service contractor despite some concerns. The district has contracted out its food services since 2012.

    Board President David Romero said that throughout the last few years the district and Summit Foods have been able to work out the most of the complaints by district staff and students regarding food service.

  • Fireworks planned for Fiestas

    The annual Fourth of July Fiestas are more than two months away, but planning for the event is already in full swing.  

    And unlike the past few years where the city fireworks display was cancelled due to extreme drought condition, this year’s Fiestas will feature a municipal fireworks display.

    City events planner Annette Velarde briefed the governing body on the planning for the Fiestas during last week’s Council meeting.

  • In Brief - News - April 22, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Boy arrested in fatal shooting
    Authorities say a teenager is in custody in connection with the shooting death of a 17-year-old boy near Albuquerque.
    Red River Marshal David Smith says the name of the 15-year-old suspect isn’t being released.
    Smith says the boy is being held in the Juvenile Detention Center on suspicion of second-degree murder.