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  • East faced state takeover

    The Las Vegas City Schools District was on the verge of being taken over by the state in May due to major problems in its special education program and its repeated failure to take steps to fix those issues.

    The state Public Education Department said the deficiencies have been ongoing for years, characterizing the district’s  failure to comply with laws, rules and regulations as “substantial and pervasive.”

  • Country Strong

    By Ron Querry
    For the Optic

    If you’ve traveled Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas, chances are you’ve admired the big red barn with the distinctive Hashknife Brand on the west side near the exit to Watrous.

    Surrounded by neat corrals and an arena and well-tended irrigated pastures where fine horses and cattle graze, the 100-plus-year-old barn watches over the entrance to Dogie Jones’ Hashknife Ranch.

  • Pendaries properties will be auctioned

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A July 30 auction to sell 24 lots and a three-story luxury home at Pendaries Village is getting national attention.

    Travis Birdsong, owner of United Country–Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group in Poplar Bluff, Mo., with an office in Chama, said he’s received inquiries from individuals, real estate brokers and investors.

    “They’ve been coming in from all over the board -- from the Gulf Coast, East Coast, all the way to Montana and Florida,” Birdsong said Tuesday.

  • New Mexico facing budget trouble

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A bipartisan alarm was sounded Thursday by state officials who say evaporating revenues could leave New Mexico scrambling to meet its spending commitments for everything from schools and public safety to health care over the next budget year.

    A key state senator called on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to order lawmakers back to Santa Fe this summer to fill an expected hole of close to $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year that ended in June.

  • In Brief July 24, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Closure of rec center on hold

    Because the city of Las Vegas has not yet hired a contractor to perform extensive repairs to the Abe Montoya Recreation Center, the closing date for the facility has been pushed back yet again.

    City officials are now saying they don’t know when the center will close.

  • Trump says America in crisis — and he’ll fix it ‘fast’

    By Julie Pace
    and Robert Furlow
    The Associated Press

    CLEVELAND — Declaring America in crisis, Donald Trump pledged to cheering Republicans and still-skeptical voters Thursday night that as president he will restore the safety they fear they’re losing, strictly curb immigration and save the nation from Hillary Clinton’s record of “death, destruction, terrorism and weakness.”

  • Conservation of New Deal murals under way

    Submitted to the Optic

    Two rare murals created by New Deal artist Edma Pierce likely in the 1930s at the New Mexico School for the Deaf in Santa Fe are getting a needed facelift some eight decades after they were painted.

  • Police suspect homicide

    A Las Vegas man was found dead in his apartment on the 1000 block of South Pacific on Tuesday night, and city police are investigating it as a homicide.

    Steven A. Marquez, 43, was found inside his apartment by a family member. It appeared that he had been deceased for several hours.

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said there were indications that the death may have been a homicide. Before he died, Marquez had been bleeding from his nose and mouth.

  • Assault rifle fired outside bar

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    A man armed with a semi-automatic rifle fired numerous rounds into the air outside of a South Pacific bar Sunday night while his companion fired off two shots from a handgun.

    No one was injured in the incident, which occurred outside of Tequilas Bar and Grill on 227 South Pacific shortly before 10 p.m.

  • Councilors in dark on chamber eviction

    City Councilors blasted the city manager Wednesday evening, saying they hadn’t been told that the city would be asking the chamber to move out of the Railroad Depot and into a remote building at Rodriguez Park.

    “I don’t appreciate not knowing what’s happening,” said Councilor Barbara Casey. “If there’s going to be something that affects the whole community, I don’t want to look like an idiot by not knowing. ... I’m extremely upset about it. I don’t want it to happen again.”