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Today's News

  • West Schools submit $29m budget to state

    West Las Vegas Schools cut it close in terms of timing, but in terms of spending, there was some room to spare.

    On the heels of some years that involved drastic cuts, West Schools submitted a $29.5 million budget to the Public Education Department on May 31, just a few hours before its deadline.

  • Sullivan to plead in killing of Marquez

    A trial start date of Monday, June 11 had been set for Las Vegas man accused in a July 2016 homicide. 

    However, Daniel Sullivan is still scheduled to be in San Miguel District Court that day — but not for a murder trial.

    Sullivan, 28, is scheduled to enter into a plea agreement with the Fourth District Attorney's office on charges stemming from the July 2016 death of Steven Marquez in a South Pacific Street apartment.

  • Chamber Corner: ECC Solar

    NOTE: This is the second item in a series on members of the Las Vegas / San Miguel Chamber of Commerce businesses.

     

    One San Miguel County business is about to open a new location and expand a business — in a growing industry many are hoping will continue to expand.

  • Police apprehend two men wanted in Dixon triple homicide

    The Associated Press

    DIXON — Some residents in a small community located near Española say a home where a triple homicide occurred had a reputation as a drug house.

  • Pics of the Past

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has launched an historic photo campaign on social media in celebration of the university’s 125th year anniversary or quasquicentennial.

    Every week, Facebook users can visit the page called “New Mexico Highlands University” to see what new images have been posted. Many of the photos have been scanned from the university’s Southwest Wind yearbooks, ranging from as far back as 1911 and as recently as 1987.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 3, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 23 and May 30, 2018:

  • Girls can!

    Margaret McKinney photo/Highlands University

    Highlands forestry professor Julie Tsatsaros showed fifth-grade girls Yesenia Esquibel, Taylor Quintana and Alexis Pacheco how to conduct a water cycle experiment simulating rainfall and water quality, during an American Associaton of University Women  "Girls Can!" event at Highlands on May 17.

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Sunday, June 3, 2018.

  • What is it that breaks your heart?

    By Rick Kraft

    What gets your emotions going? What is it that you can not look the other way from? What causes you to stop your world and feel passionate about?

    Humans are emotional animals. That is the way God made us. We ride up and down on a roller coaster of emotions in our daily lives.
    We may wake up in the morning happy that it is a weekend, stressed because of something at work, concerned about a family issue, angry because of a tragedy in national news, or disappointed over something bad that happened yesterday.

  • Enough with the ‘best in show’

    Recent complaints to the Optic about how multiple local school districts handled the process of determining valedictorian and/or salutatorian have reminded us of how high school has become competitive in the worst of ways — pitting classmates, neighbors and their families against each other.

    It’s time for all New Mexico school districts to rid themselves of this extra layer of competitive tracking — one that’s an ongoing headache for districts and one that adds nothing in preparing students for the world they already know to be competitive.