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  • East chief wasting no time

    Superintendent Kelt Cooper is shaking things up at the Las Vegas City Schools district.

    Since taking the helm of the district in early May, Cooper has initiated several changes. 

    Most recently he moved around administrative staff for the upcoming school year. He also brought in an associate superintendent with Las Vegas roots.

    Cooper said he initiated the changes to better suit the district. Several familiar faces will remain, but not everyone was rehired.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My brother’s keeper

    My brother lives in self-induced isolation in a small apartment complex in Winter Haven, Florida. For years, Bob was a fantastic water skier. He skied barefoot back when hardly anyone had accomplished that feat (pun unexpected and enjoyed). He spent summers on Stony Lake slaloming and barefooting and taught lots of youngsters how to ski.

  • Hillary Clinton, the candidate we know so well — and don’t

    By Jocelyn Noveck
    AP National Writer

    When she was about 14, Hillary Clinton says, she wrote to NASA volunteering for astronaut training.

    NASA’s reply was simple and definitive: No girls.

    “It was the first time I had hit an obstacle I couldn’t overcome with hard work and determination, and I was outraged,” she would write in her book, “Living History.”

  • For The Donald, it’s about America’s ego — and his own

    By Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    Donald Trump once owned up to the force driving him in life: ego.

    “Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least partly for my ego,” the billionaire declared in a 1995 New York Times piece titled, “What My Ego Wants, My Ego Gets.”

  • For The Donald, it’s about America’s ego — and his own

    By Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    Donald Trump once owned up to the force driving him in life: ego.

    “Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least partly for my ego,” the billionaire declared in a 1995 New York Times piece titled, “What My Ego Wants, My Ego Gets.”

  • Mora Middle school student attends UNM Law Camp

    Submitted to the Optic

    Diego Aragon, an incoming seventh grader at Mora Middle School, recently attended the University of New Mexico Law Camp.

    The program is a one-week camp sponsored by the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, State Bar of New Mexico, UNM College Enrichment and Outreach Program, ENLACE, and several law firms in New Mexico and other financial contributors.

  • Local eatery robbed at gunpoint

    Las Vegas police took a 22-year-old Las Vegas man into custody on Thursday morning for allegedly robbing Taco Bell the previous night.

    Richard Marquez, who resides on the 1300 block of First Street, has been charged with armed robbery, a second-degree felony.

    The probable cause statement filed by the Las Vegas Police Department states that the robbery occurred just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Summer program assists school kids

    Summer is in full swing for students and teachers. But 165 students and 17 teachers are back in the classroom, this time for the K-3 Plus summer program at Las Vegas City Schools.

    “It is a very exciting to have this program,” Superintendent Kelt Cooper said. “It is a really good start-up program."

  • Charter school director resigns

    Rio Gallinas School for Ecology and the Arts is looking for a new director.  

    Gerald Garcia, the current director, has submitted his resignation. Garcia had just completed his second year of a three-year contract.

  • NM food-aid investigation ignites new concerns

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The first results of a joint state and federal investigation into whether New Mexico state officials falsified emergency food benefit applications to meet federal deadlines is raising new concerns that aid may not be reaching those in need.