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Today's News

  • Undocumented immigrants, community policing and trash

    About 60 area residents came to a Highlands University lecture hall Tuesday for the Optic's San Miguel County primary candidate forum. From crime to economic development to citizen involvement, the candidates covered a wide range of issues during the two-hour event.

    As a bonus, candidates, especially incumbents, were happy to explain policy, procedure and workflow within respective county departments. All 17 of the candidates for San Miguel County offices in the June 5 primary are Democrats, though nearly all of the primary races are contested.  

  • Optic interview: Lt. Gov. candidate Rick Miera

    Note: After State Sen. and Democratic Party candidate for lieutenant governor Howie Morales paid a recent surprise visit to the Optic to take questions, one of his opponents, Rick Miera, asked for the same opportunity. We gave him the same exact questions we gave to Sen. Morales; here are Miera’s responses.

     

    What can be done to bridge some of the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, both in New Mexico and nationwide?

  • The seeds of art

    The ninth annual Las Vegas Seed Exchange, held April 14, was geared to inform local residents and share how seeds can introduce management of food.

    Even young growers like 8-year-old Gabby Gillespie were able to focus on fruits and vegetables, if only in visual-art form.

     

     

  • Reports, analysis: N.M. nursing homes rank near bottom

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Reports and an analysis by a journalism organization put New Mexico nursing homes among the worst in the nation.

    A study by ProPublica showed that of 74 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes located in New Mexico, inspectors reported serious deficiencies in 36 of them between 2015 and April 2018, the Albuquerque Journal reported.

  • Youth summer jobs available at Fort Union

    For those high school students between the ages of 15 and 18, seeking a summer job working outdoor, Fort Union National Monument is now taking applications.

    Working under the Youth Conservation Corps, the jobs will involve adobe preservation, cleaning trails, fence maintenance, painting and helping to paint fences or buildings, said Lorenzo Vigil, Chief of Interpretation and Operations for the national monument.

  • The beginning of a journey

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Graduates at West Las Vegas and Pecos high schools and the United World College-USA in Montezuma walked across stages at graduation ceremonies this past weekend.

    West Las Vegas graduated 100 students, while Pecos had 41 and the World College 107.

    This Friday, graduations in the area wrap up with Robertson High in the morning and Mora High in the afternoon.

  • Awards aplenty at board meeting

    For school districts, the month of May becomes like a horse race, with everyone with a budget concern for the year ahead stretching with all their might toward the finish line.

    New Mexico administrators must submit their next year’s budgets to the Public Education Department in Santa Fe — all while teachers have field trips and tests to complete and principals have to determine if elementary, middle and high school students meet requirements to move on to the next grade, amid sports, activities and preparing for summer.

  • Optic interview: Lt. Gov. candidate Rick Miera

    Note: After State Sen. and Democratic Party candidate for lieutenant governor Howie Morales paid a recent surprise visit to the Optic to take questions, one of his opponents, Rick Miera, asked for the same opportunity. We gave him the same exact questions we gave to Sen. Morales; here are Miera’s responses.

    What can be done to bridge some of the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, both in New Mexico and nationwide?

  • Qué Pasa, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    Thursday, May 24
    R. Jordan Gendra is the first native-Spanish rabbi ordained in 500 years. He is moving to Albuquerque in July and has authored several books and articles in Spanish. He is speaking from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Leveo Sanchez Auditorium (Room G35). For information, call 505-398-6092 or email animarfin@gmail.com.

    Friday, May 25

  • NMHU group features only U.S. students at German conference

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    A group from Highlands University will represent the only U.S. students participating in a geology conference in Germany in June focused on how ancient mountain ranges and volcanoes grew at the border between Germany, Poland and the Czech Republic.