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  • Another Perspective: Today’s budget realities could help us prepare for future
  • Dangerous Commute
  • Relationship with board rocky

    The on-again, off-again relationship between the Mora Independent School District’s Board of Education and its interim superintendent appears to be back on.

    Interim Superintendent James Gallegos submitted his resignation to the school board last week, writing, in part, “I firmly believe I could have been a catalyst for positive change, but sometimes systems and cultures are too difficult to overcome.”

  • Yet another snow storm

    The Las Vegas area was hit with another snow storm that left several inches Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. By mid-afternoon, despite sub-freezing temperatures, much of the slushy snow had melted.

  • Fidel Trujillo resigns from dean position

    New Mexico Highlands University Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo submitted his resignation on Monday. His resignation becomes effecting on Feb. 17. He has held the position since Jan. 2011.

    In his resignation letter addressed to Highlands President Sam Minner, Trujillo wrote that he plans to pursue other professional opportunities.

    In an interview Thursday morning, Trujillo said he was looking at a couple of other positions in the educational field. He added that he has not applied for the Mora superintendent position.

  • Candidates vie for post after scandal

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The fall election for New Mexico Secretary of State will pit Democratic Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver against Republican state Rep. Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the wake of a scandal that landed the state election agency’s former chief in jail.

  • Jail Log Feb. 5, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 26 and Feb. 3:
    Casimiro  Duran, 30, battery on a household member, bench warrant  
    Janet Archuleta, 46, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to stop
    Marco Sorber, 34, battery, false imprisonment
    Erica Chavez, 24, probation violation: new charges (driving on suspended-revoked license)
    Jessica Salazar, 47, probation violation: positive UA (meth and heroin)

  • State senate panel OKs teacher raises

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico teachers and some administrators at various levels would see minimum salaries increase under a pared-down proposal that cleared a Senate committee Wednesday despite objections about the push being an unfunded mandate.

    The Senate Education Committee advanced the measure following a debate that centered on evaporating revenue projections for the next fiscal year.

  • Looking Back Feb. 5, 2015

    Thursday, Feb. 3, 1966 — Teen Canteen, of interest to all Las Vegas teenagers, with facilities for basketball, volleyball, ping-pong and dancing, opens officially today in the basement of the Immaculate Conception School. The new Canteen will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 4 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. to all Community Youth Center members.

  • Climate and energy focus of annual conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    One hundred and fifty students  from schools around the area and other countries will attend United World College-USA’s Annual Conference with a focus on climate change and energy innovation. About  20 speakers, including Param Jaggi, featured in Forbes 30 Under 30, will speak on topics related to energy policy, climate change, and energy technology. The conference started on Thursday and will end on Saturday at the Montezuma school.