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  • HU graduate featured in Bloomberg Businessweek

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University social work graduate Gina DeLuca was featured in Bloomberg Businessweek for advocating to increase the sub-minimum wage for waitresses.

    Congress is debating legislation that would increase both the national regular minimum wage of $7.25 per hour and the sub-minimum wage of $2.13 for workers who are tipped.

  • Fast-moving blaze causes evacuations


    Associated Press

  • Crews fighting blaze near Pecos

    The Associated Press

    PECOS — New Mexico State Forestry crews are battling a wildfire near Pecos in the Santa Fe National Forest that has prompted evacuations.

    Officials say the blaze is burning Thursday evening about 10 miles north of Pecos and a mile west of the community of Tres Lagunas.

    State forestry officials say the fire burning through pine forest has prompted an undetermined number of evacuations of homes and cabins north of the fire.

  • Dodge: Recall threat to stability

    Large signs around Las Vegas urge voters to “Take Back Your City” and “Recall the Mayor,” but the city’s top appointed officials says such a move would likely plunge City Hall into gridlock.

  • World College president stepping down

    Lisa Darling, who has served as president of United World College-USA for eight years, is leaving the post “to explore other opportunities,” the school announced on its website Wednesday.

    Darling and the school’s board of trustees agreed that it was time for new leadership as UWC-USA begins implementation of a strategic plan and other projects, the school announced.

  • Senior profile - Michael and Marlene Tenorio

    At first glance, the travails of Michael and Marlene Tenorio might come across as a listing of poor grades on a report card, but this is not the context. It is a brief designation of the traits and forces that pervade Mike and Marlene Tenorio’s situation and inspire their own and others’ lives.

  • Outside prosecutor asked to weigh in

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced Thursday that he has asked a former prosecutor to step in and decide whether charges should be filed against various adults for their roles in an April 6 party and the resulting crash that left two girls dead.

    Flores’ office is already prosecuting the alleged driver, Wayne Lovato, on charges of child abuse resulting in death, DWI and other offenses. Lovato is being tried as an adult even though he was 17 at the time of the crash.

  • Crash victim injured, airlifted

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    A 21-year-old Las Vegas woman was airlifted to University Hospital in Albuquerque after being found unconscious and not breathing,  behind the wheel of her 1997 Honda Accord at the intersection of Williams Drive and Seventh Street early Sunday morning.
    Jamie Martinez allegedly failed to stop at the intersection and crossed both north and southbound lanes before jumping a curb and crashing into a concrete barrier, said Commander Mack Allingham of the Las Vegas Police Department.

  • City sobriety checkpoints lead to arrests, citations

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Recent Las Vegas Police sobriety checkpoints resulted in two drunken driving arrests and more than 150 traffic citations being issued after stopping more than 1,500 motorists.

    The most recent sobriety checkpoint was set up on the 300 block of Mills Avenue on the evening of  May 25 during the long Memorial Day weekend, according to police reports.