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  • Legendary comedy duo Cheech & Chong to perform at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Richard “Cheech” Marin and Tommy Chong first rose to worldwide popularity and critical acclaim in the 1970s. That was seven films, six gold comedy albums, one Grammy Award and many other accolades ago.

    The legendary comedy duo will perform Friday, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. in New Mexico Highlands’ Wilson Complex, 1241 9th St. It’s the first time the pair have ever performed in Las Vegas.

  • Mora County officials work to resolve water outage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dozens of Mora County residents, if not more, were without water over the past week after some problems arose with a local well.

    Mora County Commission Chairwoman Paula Garcia said this week volunteers and others were working to bring emergency water supplies to residents in the Buena Vista area, where a well had not been pumping water since about Sept. 14.

  • Council to vote Monday on voluntary state audit

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    At Wednesday’s regular Las Vegas City Councol meeting, the council approved, by a 3-1 vote, a special 6 p.m. Monday meeting at City Hall, where a vote is slated to be taken on whether to invite the New Mexico State Auditor’s office to conduct a special audit of city finances.

  • Man shot in head during chase

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Las Vegas Police released a report this week detailing a Sept. 2 gun battle in which an area man was shot in the head.

    A report obtained by the Optic this week states Nash Roybal, a New Mexico Avenue resident, was shot in the back of the head in a confrontation and chase that took place about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 2. Roybal did not apparently suffer life-threatening injuries, but he did need to be hospitalized.

  • Poll shows refugee support

    By Bob Pearson, Special to the Optic

    The world is facing the greatest refugee crisis since the end of World War II. The number who have had to flee their countries is over 22 million — half of whom are children.

    What do people in Las Vegas think that the U.S. should do about this problem?

  • Museum presenting educational, after-school programs

    Submitted to the Optic

    The City of Las Vegas Museum, in partnership with the Recreation Center, is launching a weekday community outreach program series this week.

    The museum will find guest speakers with important messages, and the Abe Montoya Recreation Center will provide a hosting location with good parking and room for a large audience.

    The programs allow those agents to educate the public on important issues, while providing the public an opportunity to meet those people who normally work behind the scenes.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 24

    The Associated Press

    Senate health care bill nearly dead

    WASHINGTON — Sen. John McCain declared his opposition Friday to the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” dealing a likely death blow to the legislation and, perhaps, to the Republican Party’s years of vows to kill the program.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Panel seeks crime solutions

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of New Mexico lawmakers is scheduled to hold another meeting as they search for legislative solutions to reforming the state’s beleaguered criminal justice system and curbing crime in one of its most populated areas.

    The bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform subcommittee will be meeting next week in Albuquerque. Co-chair Sen. Sander Rue says the crime wave has turned into an ocean of crime for Bernalillo County.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 24, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21:

    Aaron Salazar, 33, failure to appear, San Miguel District Court. Deangelo Rodriguez,24, probation violation, involuntary detention, adult probation.

    Apolinario Gonzales, 34, revoked conditions of release. San Miguel District Court.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    9.24.2017 SUNDAY

    Noon: Fourth Annual “A Salute To The Troops” concert and dance will be held at Plaza Park starting at 12 noon. This is an all ages show featuring bands such as Darren Cordova y Calor, Gonzalo and Cuarenta y Cinco. Free Admission. Call 505-718-1028 for information.

    Upcoming, Ongoing

    Sept. 28