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  • 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
  • IRS fakes are at it again

    The message on the answering machine was ominous.

    “This is officially a final notice from the IRS,” the aggressive woman said in the message left last week. “The IRS is filing a lawsuit against you.”

    The woman urges the resident to call a telephone number immediately to resolve the situation.

  • U.S. employers added 271,000 jobs in October

    By Christopher S. Rugaber
    AP Economics Writer

    WASHINGTON — U.S. hiring roared back in October after two weak months, with employers adding a robust 271,000 jobs and likely setting the stage for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates next month.

    The unemployment rate dipped to a fresh seven-year low of 5 percent from 5.1 percent.

  • Vigil wants old job back

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil is applying to be appointed back to her old job.

    Vigil is one of nine people whose names have been mentioned for the position that Republican Dianna Duran vacated last month, the Albuquerque Journal reports.

    Vigil previously went by the name Rebecca Vigil-Giron and on Thursday said she felt qualified for the post because of her past experience.

  • Tax department spends thousands on unused weapons

    The Associated Press

    The Taxation and Revenue Department has spent thousands of dollars on weapons and ammunition that it is not legally allowed to use.

  • Correction - Nov. 8, 2015

    Joseph Benavidez, 4, showed off his Bettlejuice costume at a Halloween Carnival held late last month at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. The Optic had the incorrect last name for him in the Nov. 1 edition.

  • Sheriff’s office recognized for work in animal cruelty case

    The San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office received a special “thank you” recently from the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico and from animal advocates throughout the country.

    The award was for the work that Undersheriff Anthony Madrid and Deputy Sean Armijo did in investigating and pursuing felony charges in a gruesome animal cruelty case earlier this year.

  • HU prof: Activity aids cancer patients

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Increased physical activity helps reduce cancer patient’s symptoms like pain and depression, according to a Highlands University professor’s study.

    Exercise and sport sciences professor Jay Lee and the co-authors’ paper, “An Analysis of Symptoms and Functional Gains in a Cancer Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit,” was published in the International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation. 

  • Vegas Bowl: More than bragging rights