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  • Castañeda concert set for Saturday

    By Sharon Vander Meer
    One Roof Publishing

    A unique concert experience will take place on Sept. 10, in the historic Castaneda Hotel, featuring the works of famous composers and under the guidance of artistic director Ronald Maltais. The program is underwritten by Allan Affeldt, the Las Vegas Arts Council, Southwest Capital Bank, and other donors.

    Tickets for this first of a planned three-concert series, are $15 per person.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 9, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 31 and Sept. 6:
    Kyle Minard, 32, DWI: speeding, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Christina Urioste, 30, failure to comply with conditions of release, District Court
    Dalon Finch, 34, failure to comply with conditions of release, District Court
    Lawrence Harris, 34, bench warrant: failure to pay fines, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Jason Lopez, 43, stalking, San Miguel Magistrate Court

  • AG urges feds to help ITT students

    The Associated Press

    Attorney General Hector Balderas is asking the federal government to protect students in the wake of an announcement by the for-profit college chain ITT Technical Institute that it was shutting down its U.S. campuses.

    Balderas raised his concerns in a letter sent Wednesday to the U.S. Department of Education. He also called on New Mexico’s congressional delegation to investigate the sudden closure.

    The school said Tuesday it can’t survive recent sanctions by the Education Department.

  • Mora taps elementary principal as interim superintendent

    Ella Arellano was named acting superintendent of the Mora Independent School District after the board unanimously accepted the resignation of LeAnne Salazar-Montoya.

    Salazar-Montoya has previously told the Optic that she was resigning to focus on her family and her doctoral studies.

    “I’m pleased our district is moving forward,” board member Joseph Weathers told the Optic. “I believe that our students will have a successful school year.”

    Salazar-Montoya worked at the district for three months.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 9, 2016
  • Ribbon cutting coming up
  • Mora superintendent resigns

    Three months after being hired as superintendent of the Mora Independent School District, LeAnne Salazar-Montoya has submitted her resignation.

    “I made a personal decision to focus on my family and doctoral studies,” Salazar-Montoya said Tuesday in a written statement to the Optic. “The safety of my family is my top priority.”

  • West delays decision on school chief

    Employees at the West Las Vegas School District will need to wait a little longer to see who their next boss will be.

    The school board had been planning to hire a permanent superintendent this past Saturday. But during that meeting, the board decided to hold off on its decision.

    The board did, however, narrow the applicant pool down to three. Still in the running are current interim Superintendent Chris Gutierrez, Thomas Graves and Raymond Arsenault.

  • Fun-filled weekend
  • 15 years after Sept. 11 - How the unity we forged broke apart

    By Jennifer Peltz
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — For a time, it felt like the attack that shattered America had also brought it together.

    After Sept. 11, signs of newfound unity seemed to well up everywhere, from the homes where American flags appeared virtually overnight to the Capitol steps where lawmakers pushed aside party lines to sing “God Bless America” together.