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  • Looking Ahead - News - April 23, 2014

    Gallinas River cleanup
    Volunteers are needed for the Gallinas River set for 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26. Meet at 9 a.m. at the West Las Vegas High School Parking lot. Breakfast snacks, coffee and tools will be provided. Contact jdullien@hermitspeakwatersheds.org for more information.

  • Weather - April 23, 2014

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Windy, with a southwest wind 15-20 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35. Windy, with a west wind 20-30 mph, becoming north 10-20 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 69. North wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.


  • Fair and equitable pay at work topic of public forum

    Submitted to the Optic

    The issue of fair and equitable pay is in the news every day. Last year New Mexico became one of the first states to pass and sign in to law the Fair Pay Act.

    But will that law really level the paying field? Will it change the way businesses treat their employees? Will it help those who may be victims of pay or work place inequity? Will it reduce or eliminate that 77 cent pay gap between men and women?

  • Maloof property cleared

    After years of the Maloof building being in limbo because of problems with the title, the West Las Vegas School District is finally able to move forward with selling it.

    The building had been donated to the district years ago. Unfortunately, the district didn’t have a clear title for the property.

    But the district was able to untangle those title issues with the help of Associate Superintendent Darice Balizan. Balizan has years of expertise in real estate.

  • The faithful
  • HU may cut credit-hour requirement

    New Mexico Highlands University is moving forward with plans to reduce the number of credit hours that students need to complete in order to graduate with a bachelor’s in hopes that the change will result in more students completing a degree.

    Highlands currently requires 128 credit hours in order for undergraduate students to graduate. President Jim Fries and his administration are recommending that the student credit hour requirement be reduced to 120.

    Regents will be asked to approve the change during a meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. on Wednesday.

  • Young adults boost healthcare signups

    By Josh Lederman and Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — A surge of eleventh-hour enrollments has improved the outlook for President Barack Obama’s health care law, with more people signing up overall and a much-needed spark of interest among young adults.

    Nonetheless, Obama’s announcement Thursday that 8 million have signed up for subsidized private insurance, and that 35 percent of them are younger than 35, is just a peek at what might be going on with the nation’s newest social program.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - April 21, 2014

    The Associated Press

  • Looking Back - April 21, 2014

    In 1964
    Monday, April 20 — According to the Department of Public Welfare for the 12 months ending June 30, 1963, Las Vegas Hospital took care of 236 welfare patients to whom were given 1,521 days of care at a loss of $6,793.50. While figures for the current year are not complete, for the 10 months ending March 31, 1964, the hospital has sustained a loss of $7,070.90 from this source, indicating that the load on the hospital’s finances is increasing, according to hospital officials.

  • Looking Ahead - News - April 21, 2014

    Fine Art Print Lecture
    NMHU Foundation is sponsoring a Fine Art Print Lecture series by Dr. Robert Bell, 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22 at the George and Sheryl Talbot Fine Art Print room in Kennedy Alumni Hall. Free and open to the public.