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  • Bridging the gap - A Pecos High graduate hopes to help ease burdens for the deaf in the medical field

    Nicolette Gonzales grew up with her deaf parents having a difficult time during their doctors’ appointments. Now, she has set her sights on medical school and an advocate for policy change to help patients with disabilities.

    The 2014 Pecos High School graduate is part of the University of New Mexico’s Combined BA/MD program.

  • Trump withdraws U.S. from climate pact

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world’s climate change pact as a “refreshing” stance for the U.S. that would save jobs and unburden industry.

  • Krebs retires; Balderas says consequences are still possible

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he’s pleased that University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs is stepping down but that his office’s look at athletic department spending will continue.

    Balderas says in a statement reacting to Krebs’ announcement Friday of his intention to retire June 30 that public officials who leave office “can still face legal consequences for actions they took while in office.”

  • Fake sign sparks buzz

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES  — A construction site in southern New Mexico, which sparked buzz with a fake sign announcing it as a future home of a Cheesecake Factory, is really a future emergency center.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports officials say pranksters put up the bogus sign in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on a gate as joke.

  • Weather - June 4, 2017


    HIGH 80° / LOW 50°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    5:46 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.


    HIGH 83° / LOW 50°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
    Monday night — a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

  • Regents approve budget

    By Jason W. Brooks
     Las Vegas Optic Editor

    SANTA FE — With only a few hours to spare, the New Mexico Highlands University Board of Regents approved a Fiscal 2018 budget Wednesday to submit to state officials.

  • Overcoming the odds - Amador Gonzales seeks statewide FFA position

    Amador Gonzales isn’t letting autism keep him away of following his passion or limit his goals.

    “I just try to think of having autism as that one small little boundary for myself to try to overcome,” Gonzales said.

  • Lottery scholarship funding reduced

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE, N.M.  — College scholarships funded by New Mexico lottery proceeds will cover 60 percent of tuition costs for the next school year — down from 90 percent — as state education officials announced changes Wednesday aimed at stretching revenue for the financial aid program.

    The lottery-based scholarships help pay tuition for about 26,000 students at public universities, four-year colleges and two-year community colleges.

  • In Brief - News - June 2, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Putin: Russians are not hackers
    ST.PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — President Vladimir Putin says the Russian state has never been involved in hacking.

    Speaking at a meeting with senior editors of leading international news agencies Thursday, Putin said that some individual “patriotic” hackers could mount some attacks amid the current cold spell in Russia’s relations with the West.

    But he categorically insisted that “we don’t engage in that at the state level.”

  • Clock ticks down for health insurance changes in N.M.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s subsidized health insurance exchange is confronting an uncertain future as the state begins accepting 2018 rate requests from insurance providers.

    The Office of the Superintendent of Insurance on Thursday opened a 10-day period for insurance companies to revise their rates for 2018 or bow out of New Mexico’s state-run exchange. About 55,000 people rely on the exchange.