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  • Luna’s business programs accredited

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs Associate Degree Board of Commissioners has awarded Luna Community College initial accreditation of its business programs.

  • Gov urges restrictions

    The Associated Press

    As fire rages in southwestern New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez is urging city leaders around the state to consider limiting fireworks.

    The governor sent a letter to local leaders Monday saying drought conditions, strong winds and warm temperatures have combined for high fire danger and increased risk in many parts of the state.

    Martinez is urging municipalities and counties to hold meetings in the coming weeks to discuss and potentially vote on local restrictions or bans on the use of fireworks.

  • Martinez raises $561K for re-election effort

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez raised $561,586 for her re-election in the past month, which was more than twice as much as the five Democrats seeking to challenge her in the general election, according to the latest financial reports.

    Alan Webber, a wealthy Santa Fe businessman, was the leading Democratic fundraiser with $115,683. Lawrence Rael was next with $58,030; state Sen. Howie Morales, $22,012; Attorney General Gary King, $12,270; and $10,236 for state Sen. Linda Lopez.

  • Looking Back - May 14, 2014

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  • Looking Ahead - News - May 14, 2014

    Entrepreneurship Forum
    Entrepreneurship Forum, presentations by Flowers with Grace, Tri-County Farmers’ Market, and Martinez and Sons Meat Processing, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 15, at El Fidel Hotel. For more information, call Andrea Gottschalk at 425-6113.

  • Weather - May 14, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34. West wind around 5 mph.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 68. West wind around 5 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunny, with a high near 76. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 44.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    5:57 a.m. to 7:58 p.m.

  • Local church honored for helping kids in need

    Submitted to the Optic

    Calvary Las Vegas will be recognized for its service to children in need around the world on Sunday. For more than five years, Calvary Las Vegas has served as an official collection point for Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse that delivers millions of gift-filled shoeboxes to children affected by war, natural disasters, disease, famine, poverty, and persecution in more than 100 countries worldwide. Thousands of shoebox gifts are packed and donated each year by volunteers at Calvary Las Vegas.

  • Man killed had been fired

    State police responding to a call of a suicidal man at the Country Acres mobile home park north of Las Vegas Thursday afternoon fatally shot him after he pointed a rifle at officers while aggressively walking toward them, state police Chief Pete Kassetas said during a Thursday night news conference.

    Kassetas identified the man killed as Arcenio Lujan, 48. Lujan had been fired from his job at the city earlier in the day.  

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  • Evidence of arson found at school fire

    The Rio Gallinas School at Socorro and Chavez Streets sustained significant damage after a fire erupted in the school’s kitchen area on Thursday night.

    Authorities found evidence of arson at the scene, said Las Vegas police Commander Ken Jenkins.

    Police and firefighters were dispatched to the school at about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. The building was vacant when they arrived.

    Heavy smoke rose from the building as firefighters worked to get water on the flames. City police, meanwhile, blocked off several streets in the area.