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  • Armijo Street property targeted

    City of Las Vegas officials are looking at cleaning up a nuisance property. Last week, the city council unanimously voted to “state the proceedings to clean up a property,” located at 1909 Armijo St. and belonging to Joe Mondragon of Cleveland.

    “I think mine is cleaner than most of them around there,” Mondragon said. He added that the property is rented, but that his tenant is currently in jail.

  • The main act - Little Joe y La Familia to headline Fiestas

    Get those dancing shoes ready — the biggest music event of the year is just a few days away. The 2017 Fourth of July Fiestas de Las Vegas start on Friday and last until Tuesday evening.

    Tuesday, five-time Grammy Award Winner Little Joe y La Familia will hit the stage to wrap-up this year’s Fiestas.

    “I have not been in Las Vegas, N.M., for a really long time,” Little Joe, whose formal name is Joe Maria DeLeon Hernandez, said in a telephone interview. “I am looking forward to returning.”

  • New state K-12 boss: modern approach needed

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — New Mexico is seeing higher graduation rates and more students are reading at grade level, thanks to reforms made over the past several years, but a top state education official says the demands of public education are evolving and schools need to be prepared.

    Christopher Ruszkowski took over as acting secretary of the Public Education Department this week. He replaces Hanna Skandera, who announced her resignation earlier this month.

  • In Brief - News - June 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Two plague cases confirmed
    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Department of Health on Monday confirmed two more human cases of plague.

    The recent cases involve a 52-year-old woman and a 62-year-old woman. The first case this year was reported in early June in a 63-year-old man.

    All three patients, who live in Santa Fe County, were hospitalized but there have been no deaths.

    State public health veterinarian Paul Ettestad said plague can be present in fleas that infest wild rodents in Santa Fe

  • Weather - June 28, 2017

    Wednesday

    HIGH 89°/ LOW 54°
    Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    Wednesday night —mostly clear, with a low around 54.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:48 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

    Thursday

    HIGH 89° / LOW 53°
    Sunny, with a high near 89. West wind 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night — mostly clear, with a low around 53.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:48 a.m. to 8:20 p.m.

    Friday

  • Georgia O’Keeffe film showing at Indigo

    Submitted to the Optic

    Georgia O’Keeffe, a 2009 movie production which was partially filmed at Montezuma Castle at the United World College USA, will be screened at the Indigo Theater at 8 p.m. today (Wednesday), featuring Jeremy Irons, Joan Allen and Tyne Daly.

    This production highlights the complex relationship between Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz, and the artistic influence they had on each other. Tyne Daly portrays Mabel Dodge Luhan. Views of Montezuma Castle (with period alterations) are prominent in this production.

  • Pecos man killed in standoff with state police

    By Mercy López and Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic

    Interstate 25 and a frontage road in the Rowe area were closed for several hours Sunday night and Monday when an officer-involved shooting led to the death of a Pecos man.

    According to the New Mexico State Police, it is investigating an officer-involved shooting which occurred around 1:15 a.m. Monday in Rowe, near Pecos. Rip S. Huntington, 36, was killed after a lengthy situation in which NMSP says Huntington fired a weapon at police.

  • OB unit inches toward reopening

    The reopening of the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is inching closer toward fruition.

    Friday, hospital officials announced that two new OB/GYN providers have been hired and will soon start accepting patients.

    Dr. Carol Kiesling and Dr. R. Eric Seward, both OB/GYN physicians, have joined the hospital medical staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Seward to our medical staff, which means our community once again has local, convenient access to OB/GYN services,” Alta Vista CEO Chris Wolf said.

  • OB unit inches towards reopening

    The reopening of the obstetrics unit at Alta Vista Regional Hospital is inching closer to fruition.

    On Friday, hospital officials announced that two new OB/GYN providers have been hired and will soon start accepting patients.

    Dr. Carol Kiesling and Dr. R. Eric Seward, both OB/GYN physicians, have joined the hospital medical staff.

    “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Kiesling and Dr. Seward to our medical staff, which means our community once again has local, convenient access to OB/GYN services,” Alta Vista CEO Chris Wolf said.

  • Board gives Sanchez the boot

    Luna Community College President Leroy “Huero” Sanchez’s tenure at the institution will soon come to a halt. According to a LCC press release, the college’s board of trustees meeting on Tuesday voted to end Sanchez’s employment contract on June 30.