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  • Noticias Nov. 13, 2015

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    •Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.

  • Local group gets national attention

    The local Parachute Factory is now part of the Congressional Record. On Saturday, U.S, Rep. Ben Ray Luján stopped by for a visit and to see what all the hype is about in terms of the happenings at the local program.

    Luján said he recognized Mariano Ulibarri and the Parachute Factory on the congressional floor on Nov. 3 for their work.

  • Gov confident top adviser did no wrong

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Monday that she’s confident a close political adviser did nothing wrong and called allegations of fundraising violations “cheap shots” following reports of a federal investigation.

  • HU students preserve a part of history

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The war memories of 18 New Mexico World War II veterans were captured in video oral histories before their stories are lost forever, thanks to the work of two Highlands University media arts students.

     Jacob Erickson and Ivana Vidal from Highlands produced the videos for the New Mexico History Museum in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Services.

  • Old Town merchants starting new tradition

    Submitted to the Optic

    “The Pet Project” Old Town Stroll will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday and will benefit The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeast New Mexico.

    Stores around the Plaza and up and down Bridge Street will be participating and staying open until 8 p.m.
    Each store will have one or more prizes with the winners drawn at 8 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. El Zocalo Art Gallery will have four prizes: Sarah Frazier has donated a hand-beaded hat band with black cats cavorting on a white background.

  • Lawmaker eyes changes to criminal justice system

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    House Majority Leader Nate Gentry wants state lawmakers to take up new criminal justice measures amid a string of high-profile crimes involving repeat offenders and he is promising to quickly push the bills himself.

    Gentry, R-Albuquerque, unveiled proposals Monday aimed at requiring harsher penalties for intentional child abuse and developing a criminal database to help judges. Gentry also wants a bill to allow cities to pass curfews laws targeting minors.

  • Correction Nov. 11, 2015

    Highlands President deserves an ‘F’
    Editor’s note: This letter first appeared in our Sunday edition and is being reprinted due to a line that was inadvertently deleted in the editing process.

  • HU to honor veterans today during ceremony

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University will honor local veterans at a Veterans Day ceremony at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the university’s Centennial Park.

    The Highlands Alumni Office is sponsoring the event. Centennial Park is at the southwest corner of National Avenue and 8th Street. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Dismal results

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    If you put any stock in the PARCC test being an accurate measure of student performance, then Las Vegas’ elementary and middle school students have a long road ahead of them.

    Only about a quarter of New Mexico students in grade 3 through 8 last year met proficiency or better benchmarks for reading and writing on new standardized tests, and less than 10 percent of the state’s eight-graders met expectations or better when it came to math, according to test results released late last month.

  • Hands across the Bridge