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  • Thumbs Our high country lowdown on the news - May 8, 2015


  • Editorial cartoons - May 8, 2015
  • Just a Thought - Advancing together through unity

    By Rick Kraft

    The power of five individual fingers working independently is no match for a fist of five fingers working together in harmony. Unity of effort provides results.  Unity increases results exponentially. In other words, one plus one plus one does not equal three, it equals nine or twelve or fifteen. Unity multiplies a team’s efforts.

  • Editorial Roundup - May 8, 2015

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    Los Angeles Times on the USA Freedom Act (May 6):
    Last fall, Congress was on the verge of doing away with the most troubling invasion of privacy revealed by Edward Snowden: the National Security Agency’s indiscriminate collection of the telephone records of millions of Americans. But then opponents cited the emergence of Islamic State as a reason for preserving the status quo. The Senate failed to muster the 60 votes needed to proceed with the so-called USA Freedom Act.

  • Rail line faces burdens

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — When launched in 2006, a New Mexico commuter rail line that would one day connect two of the state’s most well-known cities was hailed as a progressive step toward taking people out of cars and putting them on the train.

    But as impressive a feat as it was for a poor state’s huge foray into mass public transit, it comes at a price: The train earned $2.8 million last fiscal year in fares from more than a million riders, but cost $28.4 million to operate.

  • Albuquerque releases contract audit

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Albuquerque Police Department personnel bypassed purchasing rules and compromised the integrity of the city’s procurement process when buying body cameras from Taser International in 2013, city auditors said.

    The audit’s findings released Tuesday follow and are similar to a scathing New Mexico state auditor’s review last week that uncovered a cozy relationship involving a former police chief and Taser.

  • 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.

  • NMHU students help people experience ancient pueblos

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Media arts students at Highlands University used a blend of technology and design to create an interactive exhibit that allows more people to experience Pueblo life circa AD 1300 at the Coronado Historic Site in Bernalillo.

    First excavated in the 1930s, the remains of the ancient ancestral village known as Kuaua is one of the first points of contact in New Mexico between Native American civilization and the Francisco Vasquez de Coronado expedition from Spain in 1540-1541.

  • Dear Teacher - May 8

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My son in 10th grade is doing well in school except when it comes to writing essays for his English class. He just doesn’t know how to choose a topic or to organize what he wants to say. His teacher certainly hasn’t been helpful. He has had about zero instruction in writing essays.

  • Noticias - May 8, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.