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  • Foreign teachers pay dearly to fill N.M. jobs

    By Lauren Villagran, Searchlight New Mexico

    HOBBS – The alarm rings at 3 a.m., and Ronell Mangilit is the first one up in a house shared with four fellow teachers.

    He prepares breakfast, writes up the day’s math lesson, and puts on a button-down shirt, a tie and crisply pressed slacks. Then it’s off to teach the children of New Mexican oil rig workers — arriving in his sixth-grade classroom by 7:20 sharp.

  • H.U. Undergraduate Enrichment has new location, director

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands Undergraduate Enrichment program at New Mexico Highlands has a new location and a new interim director.

    Melissa Williamson is the interim director for the program that aims to boosts students into successful college careers. It is now located in the Engineering Building at 916 11th St.

    The name is also new for the Highlands Undergraduate Enrichment program, or HUE, which presents the First-Year Experience Learning Communities, including an iSeminar, for all freshmen.

  • Highlands celebrates homecoming, 125 yrs.

    New Mexico Highlands University is set to celebrate its homecoming next week, along with its 125th anniversary.

    With a theme of “Celebrating 125 Years – Highlands Strong,” the nine-day event will begin today and run through Sunday, Oct. 21.

    The Homecoming Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, at Fifth Street and Friedman Ave., ending at the Las Vegas Plaza.

  • New Mexico’s home visiting puzzle

    By John R. Roby , Searchlight New Mexico

    Despite strong evidence that home visiting promotes healthy families and children, state officials have diverted millions of dollars from the program in order to fund child care assistance, according to documents obtained by Searchlight New Mexico.

  • Netflix to bring new production hub to NM

    By Susan Montoya Bryan,The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Netflix has chosen New Mexico as the site of a new U.S. production hub and is in final negotiations to buy an existing multimillion-dollar studio complex on the edge of the state's largest city, government and corporate leaders announced Monday.

  • Luna student excited about education, future

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Travis Baca wants to open up his own auto collision shop one day. Luna Community College is playing a big part in making his dream a reality.

  • How many are 'straight party' voters?

    When voters head to early voting in the weeks ahead, or go to the regular polls on Nov. 6, they're choosing candidates who will vote on many issues. For some voters, they resist the derogatory term of "single-issue," but have a handful of issues that are important to them, both professionally and personally.

  • Police chief: Allegation isn't true

    Las Vegas Chief of Police Jerry Delgado is denying accusations that he sexually abused a minor decades ago. The newly hired chief contacted The Optic to offer his side of the story after Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón acknowledged an internal inquiry regarding the issue in a story published last week.

    Delgado, who began leading Las Vegas Police last week, served more than 15 years with the New Mexico State Police before a short stint as a private investigator in the Albuquerque area.

  • HUD rep answers Vegas-specific questions

    Recent discussions in Las Vegas Housing Board meetings have left uncertain several items of contention between the City of Las Vegas and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Albuquerque office.

    The Optic contacted Patricia Campbell, HUD’s regional public affairs officer for Region VI, headquartered in Fort Worth, with some specific questions about how HUD and local authorities function and what’s next regarding a recommendation that Las Vegas hand over control of its housing authority to the City of Raton.

  • Las Vegas woman named to Southwest Capital position

    A 23-year veteran of Southwest Capital Bank was recently named one if its leaders.

    Effective Sept. 14, Sharon Garcia took over as a market president for the bank, formerly known as the Bank of Las Vegas. Garcia becomes the first woman market president in the bank’s history.