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  • In Brief - News - May 8, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Funding to help acequias
    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal officials are pumping more than $9 million into four water quality and conservation projects in New Mexico, including one aimed at revitalizing centuries-old communal canals that deliver water to farmers and ranchers.
    The head of the Natural Resources Conservation Service visited northern New Mexico on Thursday to tour the oldest acequia in the nation and discuss ways the traditional irrigation canals can be used as a hedge against drought.

  • Most teachers rated effective

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The number of New Mexico’s teachers rated “effective” or better dropped slightly this year under a much-debated evaluation system, according to new numbers released Monday by the state’s Public Education Department.

  • Needed repairs - Carnegie getting a facelift

    Carnegie Library has stood the test of time for more than a century. But now the library is getting caught up with technology and is getting an exterior facelift.

    On Monday, the library launched its E-books program.

    “The e-book program brings us into the 21st Century,” Gina Harris of the Friends of Carnegie Library said. “This program is really good for this library as it is able to get credit for every electronic item that is ‘checked out.’”

  • Finalist’s bags already packed

    Regents at New Mexico Highlands University won’t take formal action on the hiring of the school’s next president until May 18, but one of the finalists has already packed his bags and is heading to New Mexico.

    No, Brian Levin-Stankevich isn’t being overly confident.

    “We were in the process of moving to New Mexico anyway,” he said during a community forum last week. He and his wife, Debi, have a house in Edgewood. They’ve had a home in New Mexico for the past nine years.

  • Diaz to speak at Luna graduation

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Action 7 News Chief Meteorologist Joe Diaz will be the guest speaker at Luna Community College’s graduation which will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday.

    The graduation will be held on the north end of the campus. About 160 students will graduate that day.

  • Looking Back - May 6, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, May 7 — A melodrama, “Love Rides the Rails,” by Morland Cary, will be presented tonight in McFarland Hall. The old-time melodramatic production is under the direction of Mrs. Patricia Schlatter and assistant director Sharon Smith. It features music between acts by Robertson High School and Junior High choruses. Among those appearing will be Lynne Yaffee, Casandra Encinias, Reina Garcia and Sara McWilliams.

  • Looking ahead - News - May 6, 2015

    Naturalization Ceremony set for Friday
    A naturalization ceremony will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, May 8, at Fort Union National Monument. The ceremony is open to the public.

  • Weather - May 6, 2015

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 15-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41. Southwest wind 15-20 mph, decreasing to 10-15 mph after midnight.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 70. Southwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 42.

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 69. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:04 a.m. to 7:51 p.m.

  • Flower Power sale begins today at Stuff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Las Vegas First Independent Business Alliance flowers and plants will be here today (Wednesday) and on sale through Saturday, or until they sell out.

    Pots of plants, ready to plant. Suitable for Las Vegas growing conditions will be sold at the sale.

    The location of the sale is in the back yard at Stuff Antiques and Collectibles, 623 12th Street. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. These are hardy plants from a Santa Rosa nursery, suitable for Las Vegas growing conditions.

  • Luna tuition won’t go up

    The Luna Community College Board of Trustees signed off on a $22.7 million budget last week that spares students any increase in tuition but also fails to provide across-the-board pay raises for school employees.

    Donna Flores-Medina, Luna’s vice president for finance and administration, presented the budget during a special trustees meeting last Tuesday.

    “No tuition increase was built into this budget,” she said. “... Salaries are remaining flat.”