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  • Movie director to address UWC grads

    Submitted to the Optic

    Gavin Hood, an Academy Award-winning director, will be the featured speaker at commencement exercises for the United World College at 10:30 a.m. Sunday on the UWC campus in Montezuma.

    The graduation is open to the public, and will be streamed live on the UWC website.

  • West board to interview all applicants

    All seven candidates for the vacant position on the West Las Vegas School board are still in the running.

    During a special board meeting on Tuesday evening, the board unanimously decided not to select finalists for the position, but to interview all candidates during a board meeting on Wednesday.

  • Striving to make NM ‘best place to be a kid’

    Child abuse is an epidemic that has plagued the state for years. We have all seen it from the brutal Baby Brianna case in southern New Mexico in 2002 to the death of 9-year-old Omaree Varela in 2013.

    Now, the woman leading the state’s Children, Youth and Families Department is on a mission to ensure we all have a part against the war on child abuse and to make New Mexico “the best place to be a kid.”

  • Health insurers propose rate hikes for 2017

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico regulators are unveiling details about the health insurance premiums proposed by insurers for next year, and there are indications the state will not escape the hefty increases expected nationwide.

    Rate hikes for 2017 could reach well into the double digits in New Mexico and elsewhere as insurers deal with the financial drain resulting from President Barack Obama’s health care law.

  • NM man dies of hantavirus

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — State health officials say a 30-year-old man from San Juan County has died of hantavirus.

    New Mexico Department of Health officials also announced Tuesday that an 84-year-old man from Santa Fe County currently is hospitalized with hantavirus.

    It’s the third and fourth cases of hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

    An environmental investigation will be conducted at each patient’s home to help reduce the risk to others.

  • Jail Log - May 20, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 11 and  May 18:

  • West applicants mixed on Parson

    Applicants for the vacant position on the West Las Vegas School board took questions during a public forum on Monday evening at the high school’s cafeteria.

    The person selected will replace Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez, who resigned last month after he was found ineligible to serve on the board due to a felony drug conviction.

  • LV utilities director gets the boot

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve the termination of city utilities director Ken Garcia.
    The Council also voted unanimously to appoint Maria Gilvarry, the assistant water manager, as interim utility department director.

    The actions were taken during a special City Council meeting on Monday morning that lasted about five minutes.

  • LV utilities director gets the boot

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously on Monday to approve the termination of city utilities director Ken Garcia.
    The Council also voted unanimously to appoint Maria Gilvarry, the assistant water manager, as interim utility department director.

    The actions were taken during a special City Council meeting on Monday morning that lasted about five minutes.

  • Campos: Embrace your journey

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Embrace your journey and make the world around you a better place, State Sen. Pete Campos told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 14.

    A record number of 965 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 475 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these graduates, 56 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 44 percent completed master’s degrees.