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Today's News

  • Putting on a show - Grease musical set for Friday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University HU Singers present a production of the popular musical Grease at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Ilfeld Auditorium.

    Grease is set in 1959 in a fictional working class U.S. high school, following the lives of the students as they navigate both the dramatic and lighthearted complexities of young love.

    The crowd-pleasing musical score relies on the early influences of rock and roll.

  • Uncertainty over teacher pay raises

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Teachers are in line for a possible $2,000 increase in their base salaries under a $6 billion spending plan approved by the Legislature, but there’s some uncertainty over the raise.

    Republican Gov. Susana Martinez could veto a budget provision intended to make sure local districts implement the higher salaries.

    An educational union leader said Friday he hoped Martinez accepts the Legislature’s directive over teacher pay.

  • Lawmakers fail to clarify abuse law

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state’s embattled child welfare agency said Friday it’s concerned about the Legislature’s failure to clarify a law requiring the reporting of suspected child abuse and neglect to authorities.

    Without a “crystal clear” law, New Mexico’s children are being put at risk, said Henry Varela, a spokesman for the state Children, Youth and Families Department.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Feb. 24, 2014

    The Associated Press
     

  • School shooting victim returns home

    The Associated Press
    ROSWELL — A 12-year-old boy who was seriously injured in a shooting at a Roswell school last month has returned home.
    The Roswell Daily Record reports that hundreds of people lined the city’s streets, cheered and held up signs Friday in support of Nathaniel Tavarez.
    The boy suffered wounds to his head and stomach in the Jan. 14 shooting at Berrendo Middle School.
    A seventh-grader is accused of taking a shotgun to school and opening fireon Tavarez and a 13-year-old girl.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 24, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Feb. 21 - Dr. Joseph Liggit, director of testing and guidance at Highlands University, stressed the need for adult education in Las Vegas at the meeting of the Las Vegas Education Association at Robertson High School Library Wednesday. According to figures released by the United States Office of Education in Washington, D.C., there is a national average of 31 percent of students who do not finish high school and who drop out between the ninth and 12th grades.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 24, 2014

    Landlord meetings this week
    A series of orientation sessions for current landlords of San Miguel County’s Section 8 housing program is scheduled for this week. All sessions will take place at the Commission Chambers, Suite 200, in the County Courthouse. Two sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, take place from 10 to 11:30 and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday’s sessions will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sessions are also scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. For information, call Lawrence Sandoval at (575) 312-2158.

  • Weather - Feb. 24, 2014

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind 5-15 mph becoming north after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Wednesday
    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:37 a.m. to 5:52 p.m.

  • Mustard Seed grant proposals sought

    Submitted to the Optic
    The First United Presbyterian Church (USA) of Las Vegas announced its sixteenth offering of Mustard Seed Grants recently. The grant was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund special projects of various groups.  The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, and needing seed money or one-time funding.

  • Que Pasa - Feb. 24, 2014

    WEDNESDAY
    MIERCOLES
    • Story Time at Carnegie Library, 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “I Want to Help!” by Diane Adams. Free and open to the public.