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Today's News

  • East catches up on audits

    It has been eight years since Las Vegas City Schools could say it was current on its audits. At least until now.

    Earlier this month the east side school district submitted its audit for the 2013-14 school year to the State Auditor’s Office by the required deadline. The last time the district was current on all audits was in 2006. The submission comes on the coattails of the 2012-13 fiscal year audit submission in October.

  • Senior profile - Charles Goddard

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Dozens of friends and neighbors gathered at a house on Myrtle Avenue in Las Vegas to help a man they love and respect reach another milestone.

    A large cake, held up by his caretaker, Lynn Esquibel, and members of her family, bore large numerals: 99.

  • HU student was mentor, filmmaker

    The Highlands University student found dead inside the Kennedy Hall dorm room where she had been staying is being remembered as a mentor to undergraduates and as an accomplished film producer in her own right.

    Paige Martinez, 52, was a graduate media arts student at Highlands. When she didn’t show up to work on Monday, Highlands police were asked to do a welfare check on her. She was found unresponsive inside the dorm room where she had been staying for a few days due to flooding in her off-campus apartment.

  • Don’t forget Small Business Saturday

    Today is Black Friday, the day when bargain- conscious shoppers wake up before dawn and crowd into stores to take advantage of the many deals being offered to holiday shoppers.

    But many merchants in Las Vegas and throughout the country are hoping to bring as much prominence to another shopping holiday, called Small Business Saturday, which is aimed at drawing customers into small businesses in their own communities.

    Small Business Saturday is tomorrow, the day after Black Friday, and several small businesses are offering up bargains of their own on that day.

  • Jail Log - Nov. 28, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 17 and Nov. 21:

    Anthony Romero, 47, 80- day commitment
    Tina Gallegos, 32, probation violation: new charges (driving on suspended revoked license, child not restrained)
    Elisha Romero, 31, failure to comply with conditions of release, bench warrant, SM District
    Mary Romero, 35, criminal trespass, shoplifting
    Augustine Coca, 23, probation violation: positive UA

  • Board orders recount in statewide race

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The certification of New Mexico’s general election results is on holding pending a recount in the statewide race for land commissioner.

    The State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe and ordered a recount in the contest between incumbent Democrat Ray Powell and Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn. The latest totals provided by the secretary of state’s office show Dunn with a 704-vote lead.

  • Lawmaker: Marijuana needs debate in NM

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The conversation about whether New Mexico should join other Western states in legalizing marijuana is cranking up as state lawmakers prepare for the 2015 legislative session.

    Rep. Bill McCamley, a Democrat from southern New Mexico, took his case for legalization to fellow lawmakers Tuesday during a meeting of the interim health and human services committee. McCamley dismissed the stoner humor of 1970s comics Cheech and Chong and said this should be a serious debate.

  • State to get preferential treatment on waiver

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The U.S. Department of Education says it’ll give New Mexico preferential treatment when the state applies for an extended waiver from federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

    Officials say New Mexico will be allowed to apply early for an extension, be eligible to receive approval faster and get a longer waiver — four years instead of three years.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Nov. 28, 2014

    The Associated Press
     

  • Looking Back - Nov. 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Friday, Nov. 27 — One of the latest advancements in education was tried on the Highlands University campus using a conference on “Instruction in English,” Nov. 16, Known as Tele-Lecture, the advancement makes it possible for a nationally recognized authority to speak to conferences without making the long and expensive trip to attend in person. Dr. Margaret Early, professor of education at Syracuse University, spoke to the conference from her office in Syracuse, N.Y., through the medium of Tele-Lecture equipment.