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  • County budget approved

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously on Monday to approve a final county budget that outlines nearly $23.1 million in projected spending for the fiscal year that started on July 1.

    County staff estimate that total county revenues for the fiscal year will be nearly $19.8 million. They plan to dip into the county’s cash balances to come up with the remaining $3.29 million that the county is planning to spend.

  • A warm welcome
  • A look back at the Old West - Exhibits part of Cowboys Reunion

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    In celebration of the Las Vegas Cowboys Reunion Centennial Celebration, Highlands University will host art exhibitions in Kennedy Hall and Donnelly Library’s Ray Drew Gallery.

    The Ray Drew exhibit captures the gritty spirit of the Centennial Celebration through rare historic panoramic photographs, and the Kennedy exhibit provides a taste of contemporary cowboy art by New Mexico artists such as nationally known sculptor Duke Sundt. Both exhibitions open Saturday.

  • Man jailed for shooting into the air

    A 19-year-old Mora County man has been charged with a felony for shooting a .40 caliber handgun into the air while in Las Vegas on Sunday court documents state. No one was injured.

    Daniel Gallegos, who resides on Country Road B015 in Cleveland, N.M., has been charged with shooting at or from a motor vehicle, a fourth-degree felony, and with misdemeanor counts of resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and reckless driving.

  • In Brief - News - July 29, 2015

    Optic Staff and Wire Reports
     

  • Looking Back - July 29, 2015

    In 1965
    Friday, July 30 — Jerry Sanchez, a West Las Vegas HIgh School graduate, Christine Trujillo, a graduate of Robertson High School and Pete Laumbach, a Mora High School graduate, are the recipients of a Salman Scholarship. The $350 scholarships are renewed until graduation if the students maintain a high academic average. The scholarships are provided by Col. William Salman of La Cueva.

  • Looking ahead - News - July 29, 2015

    Luna retreat canceled
    The Luna Community College Retreat scheduled for Thursday and Friday at the Donaldo A. “Tiny” Martinez West Las Vegas School District Board Room has been cancelled.

  • Weather - July 29, 2015

    Wednesday
    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent. Showers and thunderstorms likely at night. Some of the storms could produce heavy rain. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.

    Thursday

  • FYI - News - July 29, 2015

    A school supply donation drive will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday at Plaza Park. All donated supplies will be given to local kids for the upcoming school year.
     

  • Staffing changes at East

    In just a few weeks Las Vegas City Schools students will return to school. Upon their return, they will notice several administrative changes that took effect recently.

    Former Paul D. Henry Elementary principal Anthony Marquez will return to the school district after a year hiatus. In 2013, Marquez was given his walking papers by former superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, but he has since been rehired.

    Marquez will now serve as principal at Legion Park Elementary and Paul D. Henry Elementary.