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  • Earth Chronicles Project features NM artists

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University presents the Earth Chronicles Project: New Mexico art exhibit in Burris Hall Gallery with an artist reception at 5 p.m. this Thursday. The gallery is at 903 National Ave.

    Following the reception, a documentary that features the New Mexico artists in the exhibit will be shown at 7 p.m. in the university’s Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Regents extend Fries’ tenure

    Sending a clear message that they continue to have confidence in their president, New Mexico Highlands University regents approved a contract extension that will keep Jim Fries at Highlands’ helm through June 30, 2016.

    All four regents present at Friday’s board meeting voted to approve the extension, each one heaping praise on Fries for the job he has done leading Highlands since January of 2007.

    Both regents and Fries stressed that the president’s remaining time at Highlands will be spent trying to take it to the next level.

  • Free flu shot clinic
  • East looking at furloughs as budget fix

    At the recommendation of Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, the Las Vegas City School board unanimously approved the mid-year budget review during a special board meeting on Thursday morning. The district has previously said it is anticipating a $1.37 million shortfall in the current year’s budget, but on Thursday, the district appeared to be backing away from that figure.

  • Panel rejects bills to toughen DWI laws

    The Associated Press

    A legislative committee has rejected legislation backed by Gov. Susana Martinez to toughen New Mexico’s penalties on repeat drunken drivers.

    One of the bills supported by the Republican governor but rejected by the Democratic-led House Consumer and Public Affairs Committee would have increased prison time for fourth and subsequent DWI convictions.

    The second bill would have effectively required DWI convictions to figure in the determination on whether a defendant is an habitual offender.

  • 4 percent raise sought for teachers

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A coalition of education groups is lobbying the Legislature to provide 4 percent pay raises for teachers and other public school employees next year, a proposal that puts them at odds with Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 28, 2013

    In 1963
    Monday, Jan. 28 — A long-time resident and well-known newspaper editor of Las Vegas, Walter T. Vivian, died in a local hospital this morning following an extended illness. He came to Las Vegas in 1929 and was employed by the Las Vegas Daily Optic as editor. A short time later, he moved to Roswell, where he was editor of the Roswell Daily Record. He and his wife, Delma, returned to Las Vegas and both entered the employment of the Daily Optic again. He later edited the Gallup Independent.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 28, 2013

    East School Board forum Jan. 30

    A candidate forum has been scheduled for Las Vegas City Schools Board candidates for the Feb. 5 election. The forum will be at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the city schools board room, 901 Douglas Ave. Contact Charlene Jiron, in the superintendent’s office at 454-5702, for more information.

  • Weather - Jan. 28, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Tuesday
    A slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 44. Breezy. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Areas of blowing snow and a slight chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 40. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 20.

  • Violence-prevention program promotes stalking awareness

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Campus Violence Prevention Program is marking national Stalking Awareness Month in January by reaching out to students.

    The national theme is “Stalking: Know it. Name it. Stop It.” The violence prevention program has used its Facebook page, No Violence HU, for numerous posts to raise awareness and share resources for stalking. Posters are also on display around campus.