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  • Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet: Building on a legacy

    Editor’s note: Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet is an occasional series highlighting Downtown renovation projects from the Railroad Depot to the Plaza Park. This month’s article is a conversation between Agnes Montoya, Rita Kavanaugh and Rose Coca, Committee Members of Las Vegas Musicians Reunited, and Cindy Collins, executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas.

  • Gun views fractious even as fewer bear arms

    Editor’s note: This story is part of Divided America, AP’s ongoing exploration of the economic, social and political divisions in American society.

    By Matt Sedensky
    The Associated Press

    NEW YORK — Wherever you look in this nation born of a bloody revolution of musket fire, chances are there’s sharp disagreement over firearms.

    Democrats war with Republicans, and small towns are against cities. Women and men are at odds, as are blacks and whites and old and young. North clashes with South, East with West.

  • Another Perspective: Teaching and learning: Let’s get engaged
  • County won’t ban fireworks this year

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    San Miguel County officials have decided to forego a fireworks ban this year.

    Gov. Susana Martinez sent a letter to local government leaders on June 6, asking them to hold emergency meetings and discuss whether a local ban on the use of fireworks was needed in their area.

    The San Miguel County Commission took up the issue at its regular meeting on July 14. Heeding the advice of Emergency Manager Kurt Parkinson, commissioners voted not to institute a ban.

  • This year’s Fiestas to feature Sparx

    Get ready, Las Vegas. It’s time to get your dancing shoes ready as the annual Fourth of July Fiestas kick off on Friday evening.

    This year’s four-day festival will feature several big-name bands including headliners Sparx, Jerry Lopez and Crossroads, Carlos Medina along with his comedian side Graviel de la Plaga, Al Hurricane Jr., Jerry Dean with Christian Sanchez, Las Vegas’ own Gonzalo, retired Robertson High School teacher Brenda Ortega, alongside her father Juan Ortega, and sister-duo Sorela.

  • NPR launches membership drive
  • PRC to take more testimony on PNM rate case

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

     New Mexico regulators will hear more testimony this week on a request by the state’s largest electric provider to raise customer rates.

    The Public Regulation Commission called for another hearing to begin Monday after questions were raised about costs incurred by Public Service Co. of New Mexico when the utility purchased the rights to more electricity from a nuclear power plant in Arizona.

  • Crisis or speed bump?

    By David McHugh
    AP Business Writer

    FRANKFURT, Germany  — Britain’s vote to leave the European Union adds a heavy dose of uncertainty to a world economy that is still struggling to reach full speed years after the global financial crisis.

    The most immediate pain will be felt in Britain. But economists say the ripples could be felt much farther afield.

  • Rec center to remain open in July

    City of Las Vegas officials have decided to delay the closing of the Abelino Montoya Recreation Center by at least one month.

    The announcement came less than a week after patrons of the recreation center packed into the City Council chambers during last  Council meeting and pleaded for an alternate workout while the rec center is closed for repairs. Some of those patrons also criticized the city for its decision to close the rec center when children are on summer vacation.

  • Senior Profile: Marking 50 years as a nun

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    The 11th-born of 15, Sister Mary Teresa Pacheco grew up poor, but not like the poor she witnessed while living in Mexico for 30 years.

    Working as a nun and sole nurse at an orphanage with 260 children and 40 abandoned elderly, Pacheco saw a desperate need for food, clothing and schools.

    “Mexico is destitute, more than poor,” said Pacheco, a Rainsville native who said she may have never left Mora County if she hadn’t become a nun 50 years ago.