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  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 5, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Campos rejects contract extension

    Luna Community College President Pete Campos told a campus publication that he doesn’t plan to accept the one-year extension to his contract that was approved by a divided board late last month.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 5, 2014

    African Connections
    Images & Art exhibit featured at Las Vegas Arts Council Gallery 140, 140 Bridge St., until Thursday, Feb 27. The gallery is open from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 5, 2014

    In 1964

  • Weather - Feb. 5, 2014

    A 20 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -8. Southeast wind 15-20 mph. A 40 percent chance of snow showers at night. Cloudy, with a low around 5. Wind chill values as low as -10. Southeast wind 10-15 mph.

    A 30 percent chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 25. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 14.


  • Correction - Feb. 5, 2014

    A Jan. 24 article reported that Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez is out on sick leave and that Lydia Flores had been named interim superintendent. In fact, Flores was named acting superintendent.

  • Gov: Put merger on ballot

    Consolidation of both local school districts has been the talk of the town for a number of years.

    Last Wednesday, Gov. Susana Martinez chimed in on the issue after two Las Vegas City Schools board members brought it up during her visit to Legion Park Elementary, where she promoted her proposed education budget for this year’s legislative session.

    Board member Luis Ortiz suggested an executive order from the governor, but it was no dice from the governor for his suggestion.

  • Cirque zuma zuma - Unique troupe to perform here

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University presents Cirque Zuma Zuma from Africa Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Cirque Zuma Zuma is the only performance troupe of its kind in the world and has toured for sell-out crowds in Europe, Australia and the United States. The performance at Highlands is in celebration of Black History Month

  • Panel OKs plan to ax ed. secretary

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic lawmakers pushed ahead Friday with a proposal to overhaul New Mexico’s oversight of education by reversing a decision by voters a decade ago that gave the governor more influence over public school policy.

    The Senate Rules Committee approved a proposed constitutional amendment on a party-line vote that would remove the Public Education Department from the direct control of the governor.

  • State graduation rates unchanged

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico education officials say the state’s graduation rate was unchanged at 70 percent last year.

    The New Mexico Public Education Department says the 2013 rate maintains the seven percentage point increase achieved by the Class of 2012.

    The department also notes that since 2011, graduation rates have significantly improved for the state’s Hispanic, Native American, African American, Economically Disadvantaged, and disabled students. Some groups had gains as large as 13 percentage points.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, Feb. 3 — Winter was evident in Las Vegas this morning with drifts of snow piled up around bushes, as wind had swept part of the sidewalks downtown. The high yesterday was 38 and the low last night 15. At 11 a.m. today the temperature was 18. The four inches of snow at the Las Vegas Airport yielded .05 inch of precipitation.