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  • Looking Back - June 10, 2016

    In 1966

    Friday, June 3, 1966 — Dancing is being taught in the West Las Vegas Schools, and because of the success of the first class, expansion plans are being made. Every Saturday, Mrs. Julia Sanchez meets her class of young West Las Vegas children and the afternoon flies by as the children learn tap, folk, ballet and recreational dancing. Currently enrolled in the class are over 50  youngsters, but plans are under way to expand the program, bringing in older children.

  • Victory: Varela, Martinez, Najar take Commission posts

    Two political newcomers walked away from Tuesday’s primary election with victories in their respective San Miguel County Commission races.

    In District 2, Janice Varela of Pecos defeated opponents Oliver Perea and Rosendo B. Sandoval. In District 4, Maria L. Martinez defeated former state representative Richard D. Vigil.

    Also claiming victory was former magistrate judge Chris A. Najar, who defeated former commissioner Kenneth C. Medina and Tobias Medina Jr. in the District 5 Commission race.

  • Clinton clinches nomination

    By Julie Pace and Lisa Lerer
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Claiming her place in history, Hillary Clinton declared victory Tuesday night in her bruising battle for the Democratic presidential nomination, becoming the first woman to lead a major American political party and casting herself as the beneficiary of generations who fought for equality.

    Clinton won Democratic primaries in New Mexico, New Jersey and South Dakota, three of the six states voting Tuesday.

    The California primary remained too close to call.

  • Stefanics winning in Senate race

    Elizabeth “Liz” Stefanics was winning in the race for the District 39 Senate Seat with 32 of 41 precincts reporting.

    If she maintains her lead in the four-way battle for the Democratic nod, Stefanics will go on to face Republican incumbent Theodore Barela in November.

    Stefanics, a 65-year-old from Santa Fe, led the four-way contest with 38.5 percent of the vote. Mike Dale Anaya was second with 22.6 percent. Ambrose Castellano was third with 20.9 percent. Hugh Ley was fourth with  18 percent.

  • Gutierrez pulls off big win in county clerk race

    With all but two precincts reporting, County Clerk Geraldine Gutierrez has staved off a challenge from opponent David Romero to win the Democratic nomination for the county clerk post. Gutierrez took 70.4 percent of the vote compared to 29.6 percent for Romero.

    The only precincts not included in the totals are the ones in Conchas and Trujillo. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place. With no Republican challenger, Gutierrez is all but guaranteed a win in the November General election.

    The three Democratic races for County Commission weren't as close.

  • Woman killed in Monday crash

    Las Vegas police say alcohol was involved in two separate crashes in recent days, a single-vehicle rollover that resulted in the death of a 26-year-old woman and a second crash that left an 18-year-old motorcyclist severely injured.

    Criminal charges have been filed against the drivers in both cases.

    The fatal crash occurred early Monday morning near the 500 block of South Commerce Street.

  • Lottery scholarships to fund about 90 percent of tuition

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

     Despite rising tuition rates at more than a dozen colleges and universities in New Mexico, state higher education officials say about 90 percent of eligible students’ tuition costs will be covered next year by lottery scholarship funding.
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    Still, officials are warning that without reforms, the scholarship program will be affected.

  • Cultural Exchange

    If a year ago we had known the implications of having two strangers long-term into our home and lives, would we have gone through with it?

    This is not a rhetorical question. My wife, Bonnie, and I obviously didn’t realize all that’s necessary when we “adopted” two high school foreign exchange students through the American Field Services program. They joined us in early September and have become welcome additions.

  • UWC hires new president

    Las Vegas Optic

    The board of trustees of UWC-USA has selected New Mexico native Victoria Mora as the fifth president of UWC-USA.

    She will begin her new job on Aug. 1. Currently the senior vice-president for development and alumni relations at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, Mora earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at Yale University in 1992 and returned to New Mexico to join the faculty of St. John’s College. In 2006, Mora assumed the duties of dean of the college before leading the advancement and development teams beginning in 2012.

  • Beth Speaks for Herself - Rock and glass: Ariz. canyons & Chicago skyscrapers

    After a laughter-filled evening with Cousin John, we departed Taylor, Arizona and continued driving “off the route.”