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  • General experience

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highly decorated retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Melvyn Montaño of Albuquerque will be the speaker for the Highlands University main campus commencement ceremony May 12.

    Montaño’s military career spanned more than 45 years, culminating with his being named for the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal Award. He retired in 1999 as the adjutant general of the New Mexico National Guard and was the first Hispanic to achieve this National Guard rank in the continental U.S.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 29, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 19 and April 26, 2018:

  • Ballerina Bellas

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Some local dancers were able to perform with State Street Ballet during the troupe’s recent rendition of Cinderella in Las Vegas.

    The dancers included Flora Lopez, Iris Vance, Andrina Jiron, Lauren Conway, Isabella Romero, Miamor Chavez, Serenity Chavez, Deidra Tenorio, Ariel Sandoval, Kristen Chavez, Jacquelyn Romero and Jasmine Rivera.

    Dance instructor Sarah Floreswas also involved.


  • LCC Nursing re-accredited

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Luna Community College Nursing Program received some good news recently from the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

    In a letter written to Luna Nursing Director Maxine Hughes, ACEN informed the college that its Board of Commissioners voted to affirm continuing accreditation for the associate nursing program following the implementation of a revised curriculum, as the program is in compliance with all accreditation standards and criteria reviewed during the focused visit.

  • Luna ignores recommendation; approves new Trustee

    Despite a recommendation from a committee that Eugenio Perez IV not be approved as a replacement Trustee, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees voted Monday to approve him and add him to the board.

    While Perez, 37, must run for re-election in March 2019 to keep the Guadalupe County-centric District 4  seat, previously held by Severiano Sisneros, Perez was the lone applicant reviewed by the board to replace Sisneros, despite Luna having widely advertised the vacancy.

  • Corrections

    Members of the Business Professionals of America who appeared before the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education on April 19, as described in a Page A1 story in the April 22 Optic about a board meeting, were misidentified.

    From the left are Angelica Gallegos, Nevaeh Lujan, Cailyn Marrujo, Aeisha Alarid, Gabbie Crespin and adviser Michell Aragon.

    Also, Leasa Martinez’s name was misspelled in the story.

  • Church among facilities hit by high winds

    It was no playtime for 7-year-old son of Joseph Martinez on April 17.
    The boy and Martinez were walking their 3.29-acre hilltop property before the damage occurred, and they felt its power then.

    ”He was saying, ‘Dad, Dad,’” Martinez said. “The sand or the dirt was coming so hard, it was like getting hit by BBs. That’s how bad it was.

    ”It was even more frightening for the youngster as fierce winds battered against their mobile home nonstop,"

  • Fire at West Las Vegas H.S. under investigation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A fire that was started in a boys bathroom at West Las Vegas High School Tuesday morning, is  being investigated by Las Vegas Fire Department, Superintendent Chris Gutierrez said.

  • Highlands passes budget of more than $77 million

    In an April 5 meeting, the Highlands University Board of Regents approved a Fiscal Year 2019 budget that the NMHU president said will allow the university to move forward on a number of initiatives.

  • Suspicious bag discovered near train station

    A suspicious package was discovered Monday morning near the historic building that houses the Las Vegas Amtrak station and city offices, in the area of Lincoln or Railroad avenues.

    According to Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police, an employee at the BNSF Railyard Depot saw a backpack chained to a gas line of a building. The bag and nature appeared suspicious, so Las Vegas Police were called.