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Today's News

  • East district shuffles principals

    A shuffling of principals will affect nearly every school on the east side.

    Last week, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Rick Romero, who took the helm last summer, announced the first major restructuring of the district in years.

    Robertson High School is without a principal after Richard Lopez turned in his resignation last week; the district plans to advertise the position.

  • LETTER: Mil Gracias

    The San Miguel County DWI Program would like to thank Pink Carnation Florist owner Patrick Padilla for their help with getting the message out to local students who attended prom.  The Pink Carnation Florist placed stickers on flower boxes for prom to remind them to stay sober and safe on prom night.

    Leonor Encinias

    DWI Prevention Specialist

  • COLUMN: Taking chances

    Check out the news, read the papers, talk to friends and acquaintances; we are going through hard times.

    But is that anything new?  I wonder if scanning “The Book of Job” could give us some insight on the issue.

  • Official: No layoffs at West

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Jim Abreu batted down rumors that the school district was planning layoffs.

    He made his position known at last week’s regular school board meeting after a couple of board members said they had heard rumors about layoffs.

    Abreu said there were no such plans.

    “You’re hearing this from the horse’s mouth. This is the last thing I would consider. You are hearing it from me,” Abreu told the board.

  • EDITORIAL: Thumbs

    CONTINUING FORWARD MOMENTUM. The Highlands University Board of Regents and the Faculty Association reached an agreement last week that effectively ends a months-long dispute between the administration and educators. The new contract includes salary increases retroactive to the beginning of this academic year and changes in the school’s grievance, evaluation, promotion and tenure policies.

    A lot of improvements have been taking place at Highlands since President Jim Fries took over, so it’s good to see this issue resolved and the momentum continuing.

  • Health center opens

    After years of planning, officials say West Las Vegas Middle School and High School students will get free treatment at the new student health center that officially opened Friday after a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

    The clinic has been treating kids since February.

    Health center coordinator Yolanda Carrillo said, “This center is just for our students, to make sure our kids get the health care they need, and I’d like to stress that all services are free for our students.”

  • RHS’ Lopez resigns; teacher’s status up in air

    Robertson High School Principal Richard Lopez, who was placed on leave earlier this year because of allegations of sexual harassment, resigned last week.

    In another development, the Las Vegas City Schools has sent a letter of intent to hire back Robertson teacher Jay Quintana, who is facing sexual abuse allegations, for the next school year.

    But Superintendent Rick Romero said such a letter was “standard operating procedure,” as the district sent letters to nearly all other teachers in the district as part of its annual contract renewal process.

  • LETTER: The details are important

    When I was taking journalism classes at the University of New Mexico, one of the most embarrassing lessons I learned was from a crusty old professor who used to be an editor at a daily paper.

    He had been retired from that job for years, but he still embodied what I thought was the typical image of an old school editor. He was slightly rotund, he always wore a starched white shirt with a few ink stains on it, and occasionally a bow tie. His voice was deep and gravelly, like he had spent a couple decades chomping on a cigar.

  • Co-op board member prevails

    A longtime member of the board for the Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative easily won another term last week.

    Carlos Lovato, who has served off and on for nearly two decades, got 109 votes to 70 for Rey Herrera and 27 for Eric Michael Cummings. They were vying to represent District 2, which includes Rociada, Sapello, Buena Vista, Mineral Hill and Watrous. The nonprofit utility serves thousands of customers in the rural areas of San Miguel and Mora counties.

  • Spending in Mora questioned

    Leather jackets aren’t just for bikers.

    In Mora County, school board members and state lawmakers are wearing them, too. It’s courtesy of funds managed by the Mora school district.

    Last month, the Optic issued a public records request for all documents related to spending for the leather jackets and all other expenses involving state lawmakers during the legislative session from January to March.