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  • A rainbow in the (almost) dark

    This rainbow was seen looking southeast from Las Vegas early Wednesday evening.

    There is a chance of rain in each of the next 10 days, with a 50 percent chance Friday, as monsoon season is in full swing.

  • Brain Drain: Graduates leaving N.M. behind

    Leaving New Mexico wasn’t a maybe — it was a have-to for Jesse Wood, a Farmington kid who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Like thousands of other grads, he was smart, talented and committed to his career path.

    It led him straight out of the state.

  • Graduates, alumni give Highlands high marks in surveys

    New Mexico Highlands’ 2018 graduates gave the university high marks for quality of instruction and value of their education relative to cost, in a recent survey, meeting and exceeding 95 percent satisfaction on these and other measures.
    The Student Satisfaction Survey is a state-mandated survey distributed to graduating students. The Highlands Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research administered the state survey to Highlands students graduating in May 2018.

  • County Commission terminates EDC contract with Old Wood

    A complicated arrangement between a Las Vegas business and an economic development agency was changed somewhat by an action taken by the San Miguel County Commission at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting. 

  • A shorter Fiesta

    Stefani Montiel performs as the headliner July 4 at the conclusion of 2018 Fiestas de Las Vegas.

    The Fiestas ran six days this year.

    The City of Las Vegas announced the 2019 event will run Thursday through Sunday, July 4 through 7.

  • Santa Fe, Carson forests re-open

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Two national forests — including the one that overlaps San Miguel and Mora counties — lifted restrictions this week, as recent rains and the start of the monsoon season have helped to ease dry conditions and the threat of wildfire.

    The Santa Fe National Forest was expected to lift the closure order and Stage 2 fire restrictions on Monday.

  • City work session canceled

    The Las Vegas City Council’s regular monthly work session, which is typically held on the second Wednesday of each month, was canceled by Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron. Councilors were notified by email.

    No explanation was provided.

    The three items that were to be discussed at the work session will be placed on the agenda for the Council’s regular voting meeting, to be held Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m. at City Hall.

  • Highlands officially taken off probation by HLC

    Following a successful accreditation reaffirmation by the Higher Learning Commission, New Mexico Highlands announced a new initiative Tuesday.

    As expected, the Higher Learning Commission, the accrediting organization for a large number of colleges in the central U.S.,  notified Highlands on Monday that NMHU has met the identified criteria and is removed from probation.
    Highlands has been fully accredited since 1926 and remained accredited during the probation period.

  • Luna keeps its accreditation

    Luna Community College received the news from the Higher Learning Commission on Monday — but there is still a lot of work ahead.

    Luna is keeping its accreditation from the HLC.

    In a letter received by the College late Monday afternoon, the Higher Learning Commission announced it is ending the show-cause order it issued to Luna last November and is placing the college on accreditation probation.

  • Sidransky set to stand trial in August

    A woman whose education license was scrutinized as a result of investigations stemming from Charles Trujillo's arrest has had her trial pushed back to August.

    If no plea agreement has been reached by Aug. 14, Vanessa Sidransky will stand trial in San Miguel District Court on charges of forgery and conspiracy to commit forgery. She was charged in January by the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's office, which said she knowingly obtained a falsified K-12 education license.