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Today's News

  • Gov tours immigration facility

    The Associated Press
    ARTESIA — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez said Saturday that hundreds of detained immigrants represent the humanitarian consequence of false beliefs that anyone can stay in the U.S.
    Martinez made the remarks after touring a temporary detention facility in Artesia, the Roswell Daily Record reported. She was joined by federal and state officials at the barracks of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
    “This is no place for young mothers and babies. One is just 11 months old,” Martinez said.

  • State faces backlog on toxicology tests

    The Associated Press
    A jump in toxicology tests sent to a New Mexico laboratory has created a backlog delaying some death investigations for months.
    Adding to the delays, the lab says it’s losing highly trained people to burnout.

  • Woman accused of embezzling $70K from church

    The Associated Press
    An Albuquerque woman is accused of siphoning more than $70,000 from her church.
    KOAT-TV reports that 39-year-old Misty White was free on bond Thursday following her arrest on an embezzlement charge.
    According to a criminal complaint, White used her volunteer position at Indian Nation Baptist Church to access church bank accounts.
    White, who has been treasurer since 2011, allegedly used cash withdrawals and checks at grocery stores and restaurants. She also depleted another account reserved for buying the church a new building.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - July 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Jobless rate at 6.5 percent
    New Mexico’s unemployment rate stayed at 6.5 percent in June, down from 6.9 percent a year ago.
    The state Workforce Solutions Department said Friday that the state’s economy gained 2,500 jobs over the year.
    Gains in six industries offset losses in seven others, pushing growth into positive territory for the first time in nine months.
    Education and health services led all industries with an increase of 3,500 jobs, partly due to seasonal variability.

  • HU students’ work aid World Heritage Sites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University
    Two Highlands University media arts students developed a logo, took still photographs, and created a tourism video to help promote Aztec Ruins, Chaco Canyon, and Mesa Verde, all World Heritage Sites.
    The ancestral Pueblo sites are in the Four Corners region at the intersection of New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and Utah.
    Molly Enenbach, a media arts/biology junior, is an AmeriCorps intern based at Aztec Ruins National Monument this summer, along with media arts senior Craig Cassidy.

  • Que Pasa - July 21, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY

  • Require higher GPA

    We are baffled by the criticism that erupts every time one of our state’s universities begins considering increasing its admission standards.
    Regents at New Mexico State University are planning to vote this week on raising the minimum grade point average from 2.5 to 2.75, effective for Fall 2016. Officials at the University of New Mexico are also talking about implementing a similar change there.

  • Editorial Cartoon - July 21, 2014
  • Just a Thought - Married to my best friend

    “If you live to be a hundred, I want to be a hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you.” A sign on my desk at home quotes these words of wisdom from the great philosopher Winnie the Pooh. And words of comfort to a man whose best friend once promised him she will outlive him.
    I can close my eyes each night when I go to bed knowing that in the morning before I get out of bed I can start my day with a kiss and the peace that my best friend will be right next to me as my new day begins.

  • West LV cheerleaders reap honors

    Submitted to the Optic

    The West Las Vegas High School Cheer Team recently completed a two-day UCA Home Camp, earning Superior ratings.

    Four members of the team were selected as All American cheerleaders and may participate in the New Year’s Day parades in London and New York. The four members are Justice Atkins, Grace Gallegos, Maria Ortiz, and Krysten Cavazos.