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  • Investigation launched

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The New Mexico Corrections Department has launched an investigation into a then warden accused of thwarting an FBI probe into an alleged rape of an inmate by a guard.

  • River Walk Clean Up
  • Bike Rodeo is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The 21st annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo is set for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wilson Complex parking lot on the campus of New Mexico Highlands University.

    Children ages 5 to 12 are invited to participate. An entry fee of $5 is required which includes a new bicycle helmet. Participants with a safe and legal helmet will be admitted for $1. Entry fees are used to help defray the helmet costs. The child provides the bicycle, and a parent is required to accompany the child.

  • Mixed reaction to 4-day plan

    The proposal to move to a four-day school week at Las Vegas City Schools is drawing both criticism and praise from parents.

    Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez recently announced that the district is considering implementing the four-day weeks for students next year. To make up the time, students will be in school for longer days. McNellis-Martinez has said that the Fridays students are off would be used for professional development for staff.

  • Finances worry East official

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Ernesto Salazar questioned the validity of superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez’s comment that the district will end this fiscal year in the black during a board meeting late last week.

    Salazar, a local banker, said he is not completely sure that her information is correct.

  • Millennium Scholar

    Childhood for Josh Leon’s childhood was anything but spectacular, with his mother dying of cancer and his father being deported to Mexico.

    But Leon, who has attended United World College’s Montezuma campus, didn’t give up, and last month he was notified that he is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar.

  • Highlands faculty will get raises

    Tenured and tenure-track faculty at New Mexico Highlands University will be receiving raises of either 4 or 7 percent,  depending on their rank under the terms of an agreement the university has reached with the faculty association.

    The pay hikes will be effective for the 2012-13 academic year.

    Salaries for returning faculty will increase by 4 percent for assistant and associate professors. Returning full professors will get a 7 percent bump in pay.

  • Car chase lands woman behind bars

    A 43-year-old Las Vegas woman was arrested and charged last week after she allegedly drove her car onto oncoming traffic while chasing her husband.

    Brenda Gonzales, whose address in court documents is listed as Gabaldon Route, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a household member, a fourth-degree felony. She was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center, and her bond was set at $5,000 cash.

  • Looking Back - News - May 17, 2012

    In 1912

    Tuesday, May 17 — Lambs are reported to be dying off rapidly on account of snow. It is anticipated that the sheepmen of northern New Mexico have weathered severe times on account of the snow and the cold weather, which unfortunately have caused the deaths of a large number of young lambs. Harry W. Kelly of Gross Kelly and Company, talked over the telephone with people in various parts of the county and was informed that the damage will be considerable.

  • Looking Ahead - News - May 16, 2012

    Glimpses of the Past “Freemasonry in the Southwest” presentation will be held this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. It’s free and open to the public. In March 1862, as Union soldiers reveled in the victory against a Confederate invasion in New Mexico, the first Masonic Lodge of the territory was started at Fort Union. From there, masonry has grown and expanded to four dozen lodges throughout the region.