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  • 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?

  • 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.

  • Highlands Regents approve new accounting policy

    At an April 27 meeting, the Highlands University Board of Regents approved a broad financial accounting policy for the university’s business office that the NMHU president said will have a positive impact on both micro and macro levels.

  • District hourly salary minimum boosted to $9

    Salaries were the main focus in budget talks by the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education monthly meeting Thursday night, as they approved a $9-per-hour salary for all employees for 2018-19 school year.
    Except for five maintenance employees making $10, all others made $8 an hour.

  • Abq. man likely drowned at Conchas Lake

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor
    New Mexico State Police said this week a man is suspected of having drowned at Conchas Lake in eastern San Miguel County — although it could take some time before his body is found.