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  • Movie theater in the works

    If all goes according to plan, Las Vegas will once again have a movie theater by Thanksgiving.

    Work has already begun on converting the 131-year-old Victorian storefront at 146 Bridge St. into a 50-seat movie theater with platform seating. Elmo Baca, the Las Vegas native who has taken on the project, plans to call the new cinema Indigo Theater. He said his theater will screen current movies.

  • Area’s last Bataan survivor dies

    Those who knew Ed Hern best say there was no giving up in the man.

    Although the Las Vegas resident was already in his 90s, he was still riding horses and branding up until two years ago.

    In recent years he had survived a stroke, a heart attack, several bouts of pneumonia and internal bleeding, much to the surprise of his doctors.

  • Senior profile - Connie Chavez - Red Cross volunteer a real trooper

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Connie Chavez has spent her life caring for those in need of assistance.

    In June, Connie was awarded the American Red Cross Volunteer Award for Meritorious Volunteer Leadership. She also has a lanyard with various other pins she has earned during her years of service.

    She hopes to remain an American Red Cross Volunteer and says, with conviction, “I will continue to be until I can’t! I wanted to get into something lasting — something that will help people.”

  • Man killed by police was Maestas

    The search for 30-year-old Marvin Maestas is over.

    State police confirmed late Tuesday that Maestas, who was wanted on two felony warrants in Las Vegas, was the man shot and killed by officers  after exchanging gunfire with officers at about 2 a.m. on Tuesday.

    Authorities said officers and medical personnel rendered medical aid to Maestas, but he succumbed to his injuries and was later pronounced dead.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 28, 2015

    In 1965

    Monday, Aug. 30 — A special committee on highway and recreation problems of Commerce Street will meet tonight to discuss the following problems anticipated by the Interstate 25 bypass through Las Vegas: How much a resident can expect in compensation for his property; where a resident can relocate to. Steps necessary in accommodating relocation; and what agencies are available to assist in relocation problems and terms of assistance.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 28, 2015

    People’s Faire is Saturday

    People’s Faire is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at Carnegie Library Park. Sixty vendors will have various handmade items in wood, metal, leather, ceramics, textile hand work, paintings, jewelry, and glass available.

  • Weather - Aug. 28, 2015

    Friday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind around 10 mph, becoming east in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. East wind 5-10 mph, becoming north in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent.

  • Jail Log - August 28, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 17 and Aug. 24:
    Phillip Garcia, 25, seven-day commitment
    Kristine Briseno, 23, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Socorro Magistrate
    Gavin Hammond, 27, driving on suspended revoked license, failure to display registration, possession of marijuana
    Eduardo Gallegos, 27, hold for court
    Pricilla Garcia, 42, theft of identity, forgery, larceny, larceny of a firearm

  • Nun faces sainthood test

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Italian-born nun who confronted Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools faced her first test for the long road to sainthood on Tuesday.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 28, 2015

    Optic Staff and The Associated Press

    Man killed on NM 518 identified

    The pedestrian who was struck and killed on NM 518 near Mallette Feed & Supply on Monday afternoon has been identified.
    Sate police issued a news release Tuesday afternoon identifying the man as 46-year old Eric Lucero from Las Vegas. The release states that Lucero was attempting to cross NM 518, north of town, when he walked in front of a northbound vehicle driven by Beau Vigil, 22, of Ojo Feliz.