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  • Most area schools fail to make AYP

    Optic staff and wire report

    Nearly 90 percent of New Mexico schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, the Public Education Department reported Friday as it announced plans for replacing the federally mandated system for rating schools.

    No Las Vegas City Schools made AYP, not even Paul D. Henry, the only school in the district to have made AYP last year.

  • ‘Catch the Kid’ doings
  • Autopsy gives few answers in death

    The Office of the Medical Investigator was unable to determine a cause or manner of death for Maxine Patsy Trujillo, the 45-year-old woman whose remains were found in Mora County in February.

    Substantial portions of the body were missing due to animal scavenging, the report states. That, coupled with the decomposition that had already taken place when Trujillo’s remains were discovered on Feb. 14, limited the autopsy that was conducted.

  • Looking Back - July 25, 2011

    In 1911

    Saturday, July 22 — Two hundred and nine students have received instruction at the present summer school of the New Mexico Normal University. This is the largest attendance at any summer school session in the history of the school. Of this number 169 students were enrolled in the normal and teachers’ institute... The Normal University was the first school in New Mexico to inaugurate the custom of conducting summer sessions. The first summer school was held in 1904 when 37 students were enrolled.

  • Looking Ahead - News July 25, 2011

    Water report to be presented Wednesday

    The city of Las Vegas will hold a “Preliminary Engineering Report” meeting from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 27, at the City Council chambers. The meeting will focus on options to make the city’s long term water situation less tenuous. Project options, cost estimates and trade-offs will all be discussed.

  • Weather - July 25, 2011

    Monday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. Calm wind becoming south 10-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. South wind 5-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Mostly cloudy at night, with a low around 61.

    Wednesday

  • FYI - News

    Level III fire restrictions remain in place in San Miguel County. Under the restrictions, campfires, white gas stoves, open fires, controlled burning, charcoal grills and fireworks are prohibited. All Terrain vehicles without spark arresters and motorcycles and vehicles with catalytic converters are restricted to maintained roadways. Anyone found violating the restrictions could be fined up to $1,000.

  • NM sees record drilling revenues

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico is seeing record amounts of revenue from drilling leases.

  • Grand opening
  • City Council nixes water line extension

    The City Council rejected a proposal Thursday for a water line extension on Airport Road. 

    Council members Tonita Gurule-Giron, Diane Moore and David Romero voted against the project while Andrew Feldman voted for it.

    The vote followed impassioned pleas from both Feldman and Mayor Alfonso Ortiz that the project was critical for fire protection for the city and for the transfer station.