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  • Water dispute along Pecos takes more twists, turns

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A lengthy permitting process for a Texas gas and oilman to use additional water from the West Pecos ditch has recently become more cloudy as a protest from the San Miguel County Commission was rescinded, then reinstated.

  • Enchi-literacy

    Photos by Art Trujillo

    Fundraisers for separate causes were held late last week, with one targeting the mind, and the other, the stomach.

    Volunteers serve up enchiladas on Oct. 12 at the Hillcrest restaurant as part of the 19th annual dinner to help fund Mustard Seed grants for nonprofit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

    The American Association of University Women held their fall used book sale Thursday and Friday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. 

  • In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

     The Associated Press

    Pastor accused of exploitation

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities say a youth pastor from Las Cruces is facing child sexual exploitation and pornography charges. They say 30-year-old Stephen Mendoza Arellano made his initial appearance last week in federal court in Albuquerque. He’s being held on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted production of child pornography, enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity, and travel to meet a minor to engage in sexual conduct.

  • Council hears utilities finance recommendations

    A specific list of finance recommendations was what a consultant brought to the Las Vegas City Council at Monday's meeting.

    Paul Cassidy, the Managing Director of New Mexico for RBC Capital Markets, painted an uphill bbattle for the city in terms of expensive projects that must be funded soon. However, he also pointed out some advantages and positive finaincial apsects to the city's situation that didn't exist a few years ago.

  • Teen suspect sought in Pecos carjacking

    Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    PECOS — The New Mexico State Police is investigating armed robberies that took place Friday in Pecos and at a nearby campground, according to a news release, and one suspect is still at large. 

    State Police first received a report of the carjacking of a male victim that occurred at an automated teller machine at about 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos. Investigators believe at least three suspects — two males and a female — were involved in this incident, but only one is in custody. 

  • State police: Rociada resident fired shots at two men

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An 85-year-old Rociada man was taken to jail last week after police say he fired four shots at two local men during a water dispute, with a New Mexico State Police officer present.

    San Miguel Magistrate Court documents show José Aragon was taken to jail Oct. 8 on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one count of negligent use of a deadly weapon near a dwelling or building. He was released on a $5,000 bond and is due back in Magistrate Court on Nov. 9.

  • To win a contest

    Photos by Theresa Wesner

    Music and much more were on hand last week when MainStreet de Las Vegas held an open house to promote its attempts to win as much as $150,000 in grant money in a national contest.

    Anyone can vote for Las Vegas in the contest at voteyourmainstreet.org. until Oct. 31. The top 10 finishers in the 25-city contest will divy up $2 million in grant money.

  • Schools: West has buyer for Maloof building

    By Gwen Albers, Special to the Optic

    Thursday, the West Las Vegas School Board gave Superintendent Chris Gutierrez permission to continue with efforts to sell a building in historic Las Vegas for its appraised value of $26,000.

    Las Vegas businessman and developer Carlos Lopez approached the school district about buying the Maloof Building, located immediately west of the Gallinas River bridge at 105 Bridge St., said associate superintendent Darice Balizan.

  • Council approves items for consent agenda

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A number of blue-collar items were addressed by the Las Vegas City Council during Wednesday’s City of Las Vegas work session.

    A list of expenditure items was discussed in terms of placing items on the consent agenda for an upcoming council meeting for formal approval. All but three of the items were approved to be placed on a consent agenda, as is.

  • Three separate murder trials all postponed

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Three separate San Miguel County murder defendants are not going to trial as quickly as they were initially scheduled, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard D. Flores.

    Ruth Rivera of Ribera, Daniel Sullivan of Las Vegas and Richard J. Griego of Villanueva all had trials scheduled to happen in the near future, but all three have been pushed back on court dockets, with all three possibly going well into 2018 before being resolved.