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  • 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.

  • Bike safety rodeo set for June 2

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Youngsters ages 5 to 12 will be taught the rudiments of bike safety during the 27th Annual Kiwanis Bike Safety Rodeo on Saturday, June 2.

    Taking place from 9 to 11 a.m. on the Walmart south parking lot, a $5 entry fee will allow participants to learn, practice and demonstrate the ability to ride a bike safety.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, May 20, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 9 and May 16, 2018:

    Robert M. Saiz, Bench Warrant, Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.

    Jose A. Gonzales, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Anthony R. Gonzales, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Panchita B. Maes, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Tina Baca, Felony Adult Probation Arrest Order.

    Jonathan O. Aragon, Felony Bench Warrant Failure To Comply.

  • HPWA is awarded workshop

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts, managed by Project for Public Spaces, has announced that Las Vegas, N.M., with help from the Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance was selected to host a rural design technical workshop later this year.

  • Chen named Highlands Professor of the Year

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has named marketing professor Chien-Chung Chen Professor of the Year for 2017-18.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    Joshlyn Simasingh is a Highlands MBA candidate who will complete her degree in July 2018 and is awaiting final acceptance to two law schools. She nominated Chen for Professor of the Year.