http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Union wants Mora super out http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/union-wants-mora-super-out <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/8.24_mora1.jpg" alt="Stephanie Ly, president of the American Federation of Teachers of New Mexico, speaks to Mora Independent school employees after Monday’s school board meeting. " title="Stephanie Ly, president of the American Federation of Teachers of New Mexico, speaks to Mora Independent school employees after Monday’s school board meeting. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By Gwen Albers<br /> Las Vegas Optic</p> <p> Mora High School junior Devon Vigil told the school board during its Monday meeting that despite returning to school more than a week ago, she doesn&rsquo;t have a class schedule.</p> <p> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m supposed to go to classes, but there&rsquo;s nothing to do for us,&rdquo; Vigil said. &ldquo;All of the classes are chaotic. We&rsquo;re just sitting there and doing nothing.&rdquo;</p> <p> Sophomore Lindsey Sanchez shared a similar story. She has no classes during the first two periods of the day.</p> Secretary applauds incubator - HU Business Hub big asset http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/secretary-applauds-incubator-hu-business-hub-big-asset <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/08.24_jonbarela.jpg" alt="New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela addresses a crowd of about 50 including Ann Mishler on Monday morning during the grand opening of the Highlands University Business Hub and Incubator. " title="New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela addresses a crowd of about 50 including Ann Mishler on Monday morning during the grand opening of the Highlands University Business Hub and Incubator. " align="left" hspace="6" width="98" height="85" /><p> New Mexico Economic Development Secretary Jon Barela was the featured speaker at the grand opening of the New Mexico Highlands University Business Hub and Incubator, managed by the Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corp.</p> <p> The incubator will serve as a base for entrepreneurs to get their businesses going with guidance, job application training, workshops on business development, and other initiatives to build up business.</p> Council OKs purchase of garbage trucks http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/council-oks-purchase-garbage-trucks <p> If you&rsquo;ve had to wait an extra day for the city to pick up your garbage in recent weeks, chances are it was because one of the solid waste department&rsquo;s trucks broke down.</p> <p> In an effort to address problems with the aging fleet of garbage trucks, the City Council gave the green light last week for city staff to move forward with purchasing two new garbage trucks at a combined cost of nearly $500,000.</p> Gov still opposed to tax increases http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/gov-still-opposed-tax-increases <p> By Morgan Lee<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> SANTA FE &mdash; New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez will not consider any tax increases as the state seeks to close a projected budget shortfall during an upcoming special session of the Legislature, her spokesman reiterated Monday.</p> <p> State government needs to tighten its belt and raising taxes on families and businesses would make the state less competitive, hurt job prospects and &ldquo;makes no sense,&rdquo; said Chris Sanchez, a spokesman for the Republican governor.</p> Budget crunch being felt by jurors http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/budget-crunch-being-felt-jurors <p> By Susan Montoya Bryan<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> New Mexico jurors and court interpreters are the latest group to feel the pinch of a budget crunch that has all of state government tightening its belt.</p> <p> A fund that pays jurors and interpreters has been struggling for several years and the shortfall is now approaching $1 million, according to court and legislative officials.</p> Weather - Aug. 24, 2016 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/weather-aug-24-2016 <p> Wednesday</p> <p> HIGH 78&deg; / LOW 48&deg;<br /> Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 78. North wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.<br /> SUNRISE&hellip;SUNSET<br /> 6:27 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.</p> <p> Thursday</p> <p> HIGH 72&deg; / LOW 50&deg;<br /> Showers and thunderstorms likely. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60 percent.<br /> SUNRISE&hellip;SUNSET<br /> 6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.</p> Looking Back - Aug. 24, 2016 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/looking-back-aug-24-2016 <p> In 1966<br /> Tuesday, Aug. 16, 1966 &mdash; Mayor Ben Lingnau hastened the decision of the city council Monday night to place sufficient warning and school crossing signs at the north and south ends of Grand Avenue. Although the State Highway Commission indicated that the school crossing signs were adequate, it also explained that the commission was open for suggestions. &ldquo;Like the commission said, they are open for suggestions,&rdquo; said Bill Elias, councilman, &ldquo;but we don&rsquo;t have time to wait fo</p> Rodeo time in Pecos http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/rodeo-time-pecos-1 <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/08.24_rodeo1.jpg" alt="Callie Jo Moore and her horse, Kitty, turn a barrel in a previous Pecos Rodeo at the sheriff’s posse rodeo grounds in Pecos. This year’s rodeo will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday starting at Pecos High School. Followed by a rodeo starting at noon at the rodeo grounds in Pecos. " title="Callie Jo Moore and her horse, Kitty, turn a barrel in a previous Pecos Rodeo at the sheriff’s posse rodeo grounds in Pecos. This year’s rodeo will kick off with a parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday starting at Pecos High School. Followed by a rodeo starting at noon at the rodeo grounds in Pecos. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" />