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Today's News

  • Gomez awarded scholarship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University student Elizabeth Gomez was awarded a $1,000 scholarship in memory of the late Bryan “Dutch” Cokeley, a media arts student who died in 2008.

    Gomez, a Las Vegas resident who graduated from Robertson High School in 2003, is a senior with a double major in Spanish and media arts, with an emphasis in design.  

  • In Brief - Education - Sept. 7, 2012

    From The Associated Press

    Teachers union files grievance
    CHICAGO — The Chicago Teachers Union says it has filed a grievance against the public school district for imposing changes in working conditions before a contract is reached.
    The CTU said Wednesday that it filed an unfair labor practice charge with the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. They claim the district cancelled annual longevity pay increases, discontinued a longevity sick leave benefit and imposed new teacher evaluations.

  • Shortcakes without the guilt

    By Sara Moulton
    For The Associated Press

    Toward the end of every summer, my family and I abandon New York City for my parents’ Massachusetts farmhouse, where the fields out back are lined with blueberry bushes. Some years the crop is tiny. Other years it is so good we are overwhelmed, calling up visions of Lucille Ball wrapping chocolates in the candy factory.

  • Easy blend of tea and lemonade

    By Alison Ladman
    For The Associated Press

    Lemonade and iced tea are two of the most refreshing summer beverages. Mixed together they offer the best of both beverages. This punch uses a base of black and mint teas combined with freshly squeezed citrus juices and a touch of sugar to create the perfect barbecue accompaniment.

  • Hundreds purchase stew sold by club

    The Associated Press

    JACKSON, Tenn.  — There’s something special about the stew sold each year by the Three Way Community Club in Jackson.

    According to The Jackson Sun, cars lined the driveway and parking lot of the club’s building on Monday as people dropped by to purchase some of the famous stew that’s sold every Labor Day.

  • Mora sheriff suspended

    The state Law Enforcement Academy board has taken swift action against Mora Sheriff Thomas Garza for an incident in which he ordered a deputy to release a DWI suspect.

    The board voted on July 24 to suspend Garza’s law enforcement certification for 120 days. He will also be on probation for a year.

  • Bean Day
  • Luna gets $1.1 million grant

    By Jesse Gallegos
    Luna Community College

    Luna Community College was awarded a $1,136,196 YouthBuild Grant, the majority of it from the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Other entities involved include: Las Vegas Housing Authority, HELP Office, NM Children, Youth and Families Department, Las Vegas Juvenile Justice Continuum Board and TeamBuilders Counseling Services, Inc.

    The college was informed of this grant on Thursday afternoon.

  • Medical students do Vegas rotation

    Submitted to the Optic

    More than 90 first-year University of New Mexico medical students did their six-week rural rotation in July and August at numerous sites throughout New Mexico.

    As part of the UNM School of Medicine’s nationally recognized curriculum, first-year medical students Christina Trujillo and Michael Elliot talked with patients in Las Vegas; performing physical examinations along with their preceptors, and performing a community project designed to address specific community health care and/or educational needs.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 5, 2012

    In 1962