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  • GOP sues to halt marriages

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A group of Republican legislators has brought the first lawsuit to try to block gay marriage in New Mexico since six counties began issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples in the past week.

  • Highlands awarded NSF grant

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands was awarded a National Science Foundation grant for a state-of-the-art Luminescence Dating Laboratory to chronologically date Earth sediments and archaeological artifacts, making it the first university in the state to offer this research capability onsite.  

  • Disruption in services bemoaned

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Services to drug addicts and mentally disabled residents are being disrupted as New Mexico nonprofits are taken over by companies brought in by state authorities, critics of a state audit say.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that callers told federal officials in a “listening session” Wednesday that the upheaval has created fear, uncertainty and distrust among clients.

  • State Medicaid system being retooled

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — As New Mexico prepares to provide medical services to more uninsured residents, Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is retooling the state’s largest health care program in hopes of achieving two difficult goals: making people healthier while reining in Medicaid costs.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 2, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Sept. 3 — New City Schools teachers were honored at the annual reception and informal tea at Robertson High School were Margaret Rubio, Lil Anderson, Sonia Chapa, Louise Drlik, Clemencia R. O’Neill, Shirley Roberts, Sally Bible, Barbara Wetzel, William Clements, Vonnie  Wester, Brenda Johnson, Juanita Ortiz, Dale Carlson, Marie Hanson, Janet Cain, Nick DiDomenico and Marilyn Baca.

     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 2, 2013

    Eagles flea market planned for Saturday
    The Fraternal Order of Eagles #3815, women’s auxiliary, will host a flea market this Saturday at the FOE lodge on Grand Avenue. Tables are $10. For more information, call Sandra at 429-8937.

  • Weather - Sept. 2, 2013

    Monday
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Tuesday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

    Wednesday

  • Deputy busted in sex sting

    The run of bad luck for the Mora County Sheriff’s Office continued last week with the arrest of a deputy who is accused of trying to solicit sex from a child.

    Mark Preller, 56, has been charged with two counts of soliciting a child under 13 by electronic communication device, third-degree felonies. He was scheduled to be in Magistrate Court in Aztec Thursday for a preliminary hearing. During a preliminary hearing, a prosecutor presents evidence to a judge, and a judge determines whether probable cause exists to bind the case over to District Court for trial.

  • East board: No contract extension for super

    Evidence of the strained relationship between the Las Vegas City Schools Board and Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez was on full display last Friday. The board voted unanimously against her request for a contract extension during a special board meeting.

    Additionally, board member Luis Ortiz complained that classes at Los Niños Elementary are overloaded, and as a result  his third-grade son began attending school at a West Las Vegas elementary.

  • Senior profile - Lorenzo Flores

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    People who meet Lorenzo Flores tend to have a strong reaction to him.

    Many look up to him as a fearless advocate who isn’t afraid to fight for the little guy, even if it means taking on those in power. Others view him as little more than a misguided agitator hell- bent on stirring up trouble.

    Whatever one’s view of the 56-year-old activist might be, it’s clear that he isn’t afraid to fight for what he believes in.