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  • Gonzales: Resist hatred

    Submitted to the Optic

    Resist division and hatred, Santa Fe Mayor Javier Gonzales told graduates at the Highlands University main campus commencement May 13.

    A record number of 1,051 students graduated from Highlands and its centers, with 633 earning their diplomas in Las Vegas. Of these total graduates, 66 percent earned bachelor’s degrees and 34 percent completed master’s degrees.

    Gonzales said division makes both individual and collective progress formidable, if not impossible.

  • Teacher enters governor’s race

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Alcohol-prevention teacher Peter DeBenedittis of Santa Fe on Monday announced his run for governor of New Mexico as a Democrat, pledging to seek progressive solutions to issues of early childhood education, access to health care and poverty.

    A New Mexico resident since 1995, DeBenedittis described himself as a political outsider who does not owe favors to past campaign contributors.

  • A sobering traffic jam
  • In Brief - News - May 17, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Ban targets abortion groups
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is moving forward with a plan to massively expand a ban on federal dollars going to international groups that perform abortions or provide abortion information.

  • Weather - May 17, 2017


    HIGH 70° / LOW 41°
    Sunny, with a high near 70. Breezy, with a west wind 20 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


    HIGH 62° / LOW 34°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 62. West wind 10 to 15 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
    5:54 a.m. to 8:01 p.m.


  • Donation to Women’s Health
  • Award named after murdered UWC-USA alumnus

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    A 2007 United World College-USA alumnus known for his leadership in academic research, who was tortured to death, will be memorialized with an annual alumni award in his name.

    The Giulio Regeni Alumni Impact Award will be given annually to a UWC-USA graduate who has made substantial contributions in the local, national, or global community, and whose accomplishments, affiliations and professional career honor the UWC mission. Recipients will be chosen by their fellow alumni.

  • Report: Comey refused pledge

    The Associated Press

    The New York Times reports that former FBI Director James Comey declined to pledge loyalty to President Donald Trump during a dinner the two men shared in January.

    The newspaper quotes two unnamed Comey associates who say they heard Comey’s account of the dinner.

    Comey instead promised Trump “honesty.” When Trump then pressed for “honest loyalty,” Comey told the president,

  • Borrachos patio plan in trouble

    The chance to sip on adult beverages under the stars is something Sara Jo Mathews would like to be able to offer her patrons at Borrachos, the popular Bridge Street bar.

    But her plan to add a patio seating area hit a snag this week when Las Vegas city officials said the addition would violate an existing city ordinance.

  • International flag day