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  • West may outsource cafeterias

    Students enrolled at West Las Vegas next year might have additional food choices if the board approves a proposal it has received.

    Board member Henry Abeyta made a presentation to the full school board last week on the benefits of bringing in a private company to manage the district’s food services program.

    The district had previously put out a request for proposals for food service management for the district’s roughly 1,800 students.

  • Refuge tapping into Storrie Lake water allotment

    Submitted to the Optic

    The formal drought declaration made by Gov. Susana Martinez last month illustrates just how dire the situation is in New Mexico.

    Consider that, according to the state engineer, 90 percent of the state faced severe drought conditions at some point during the last year, with the remaining areas facing moderate drought.

    To make matters worse, 2011 was recorded as the second-driest year on record.   

  • Repeat Award
  • In Brief - New Mexico News - June 6, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Court rules against Christian photographer
    ALBUQUERQUE  — The state Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling that a professional photographer who refused to take pictures of a gay couple’s commitment ceremony violated New Mexico’s discrimination law.
    The Albuquerque Journal reports the court agreed last Thursday with a previous ruling, stating the photo studio is considered a public accommodation, similar to a restaurant or store.

  • Court rejects second look at gay marriage ban

    By Lisa Leff
    The Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to reconsider a landmark ruling by two of its member judges that struck down California’s ban on same-sex marriages.

    Backers of the ban, known as Proposition 8, petitioned the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in February to review the decision instead of appealing directly to the U.S. Supreme Court.

  • Dairies close due to high prices

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A dramatic increase in the price of hay and corn and low milk prices are putting some New Mexico dairies out of business.

    Dairy Producers of New Mexico President Luke Woelber tells the Albuquerque Journal that he knows of five dairies in the eastern and southern part of the state that have closed in the face of feed costs that have doubled in the past few years.

  • Editorial Cartoon - June 6, 2012
  • Noticias - June 6, 2012

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
    • Samaritan House Thrift Store hours: Monday through Friday; the store will be open for sales and to receive donations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Saturdays, personnel will receive donations from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

  • County workers to get raises

    San Miguel County employees will receive pay raises of between 1 and 4 percent during the fiscal year that begins on July 1 under a budget that has been submitted to the state Department of Finance and Administration.

    The raises for most of the county’s employees will be based on salary, with the lowest-paid workers getting a higher percentage raise. Elected officials won’t get raises, nor will County Manager Les Montoya, who has chosen to forego a pay hike. Also, the raises apply only to full-time, non-probationary employees.

  • Family tradition

    With both of his sisters having been named valedictorians of their respective graduating classes, there’s no question that Melecio Perea had big shoes to fill when he reached high school four years ago.

    Despite a brutal curve ball thrown at the entire Perea family this past year, Melecio was able to follow in his sisters’ footsteps, becoming the third sibling to be recognized as a West Las Vegas High School valedictorian.

    Late last month Melecio delivered his very own valedictorian address to his graduating class at a packed Gillie Lopez gymnasium.