http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Luna tuition won’t go up http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/luna-tuition-won%E2%80%99t-go <p> The Luna Community College Board of Trustees signed off on a $22.7 million budget last week that spares students any increase in tuition but also fails to provide across-the-board pay raises for school employees.</p> <p> Donna Flores-Medina, Luna&rsquo;s vice president for finance and administration, presented the budget during a special trustees meeting last Tuesday.</p> <p> &ldquo;No tuition increase was built into this budget,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;... Salaries are remaining flat.&rdquo;</p> Cinco de Mayo celebration http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/cinco-de-mayo-celebration-0 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/05.04_dancer.jpg" alt="Emma Lopez of the dance group Los Zapateados under the direction of Lori Bovia performs a traditional baile folklorico dance on Saturday afternoon at Casa de Cultura’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Mural Park. Hundreds turned out for the event that included entertainment by the group, Antonia Apodaca and several bands. " title="Emma Lopez of the dance group Los Zapateados under the direction of Lori Bovia performs a traditional baile folklorico dance on Saturday afternoon at Casa de Cultura’s Cinco de Mayo celebration at Mural Park. Hundreds turned out for the event that included entertainment by the group, Antonia Apodaca and several bands. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /> Diné College president to speak at HU graduation http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/din%C3%A9-college-president-speak-hu-graduation <p> By Margaret McKinney<br /> Highlands University</p> <p> Navajo Din&eacute; College President Maggie George, an alumna of Highlands University, will be the university&rsquo;s main campus commencement speaker at 2 p.m. Saturday in the John A. Wilson Complex.</p> <p> George&rsquo;s career spans more than 30 years as a teacher and counselor, college education professor, and higher education administrator. At Din&eacute; College, she leads an institution that serves residents of the 26,000-square mile Navajo Nation, which includes parts of New Mexico, Arizona and Utah.</p> Shooting range open to the public again http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/shooting-range-open-public-again <p> A number of volunteers joined with Las Vegas police and other city workers last month to clean up the city-owned shooting range and mitigate a hazard so that it could once again be reopened to the public.</p> <p> Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Monta&ntilde;o thanked everyone who took part in the cleanup held in early April and said members of the public are now being allowed to use the shooting range, which is located near the National Guard Armory at Camp Luna.</p> Need for road funding looms over NM http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/need-road-funding-looms-over-nm <p> The Associated Press</p> <p> The amount of repairs and reconstruction needed for New Mexico&rsquo;s aging roads is far outpacing the funding available for such projects.</p> <p> The state&rsquo;s road fund received roughly $381 million last year, $5 million less than the year prior. Meanwhile, a national research group recently stated that just immediate road work alone amounts to $730 million, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday.</p> In Brief - News - May 4, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/brief-news-may-4-2015 <p> The Associated Press<br /> <br /> <strong>Guardsman dies at Arkansas event</strong><br /> <br /> NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. &mdash; A member of the New Mexico National Guard has died while taking part in a marksmanship competition in Arkansas.<br /> Arkansas National Guard Lt. Col. Joel Lynch says 28-year-old Staff Sgt. Ryan Faraone collapsed Thursday afternoon after running approximately 200 yards at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock. Lynch told the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that Faraone was taken to a Little Rock hospital where he later died.<br /> Shooting victims awarded nearly $2 million http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/shooting-victims-awarded-nearly-2-million <p> The Associated Press</p> <p> Insurance carriers for the Roswell Independent School District have paid nearly $2 million in structured settlements to two victims of a shooting at a middle school last year.</p> <p> The Roswell Daily Record obtained the legal pleadings Friday in the litigation that resulted in a court-approved mediated settlement.</p> <p> Attorneys for Berrendo Middle School shooting victims Kendal Sanders and Nathaniel Tavarez petitioned for medical expenses and other compensatory damages last December in Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque.</p> Looking Back - May 4, 2015 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/looking-back-may-4-2015 <p> In 1965<br /> Tuesday, May 4 &mdash; Leroy Apodaca, a junior from Las Vegas, was elected president of the Highlands University Student Senate last week. Phil Gonzales, a junior from Cuba, N.M., and originally from Las Vegas, won the vice presidential post.</p>