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  • Ninth annual seed exchange set for April 14

    Come to the table with your seeds. Pick up some seeds at the table to take home and grow some food.

    The ninth annual Las Vegas Seed Exchange scheduled for Saturday, April 14, is geared to inform and share how seeds can introduce management of your food.

    Dianne Lindsay, one of the co-founders of the event, said food security and sovereignty are important to ensure people have access to healthy food.

  • Robertson High School Band now scheduled to compete for state

    Members of the Robertson High School Redwave Band qualified in a district meeting held on March 6 at Los Alamos High School to compete in the state band music challenge.

    Under the direction of Martin Sena, the band represented one of three schools to earn a “superior” rating.

    They were judged on criteria such as concert music and sight reading.

    The band is scheduled to perform for state honors in April at an Albuquerque location.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

  • Special audit report due to be released to public soon

    A special report on City of Las Vegas business is due to be released by the Office of the State Auditor soon.

    A non-public "exit conference" was set for late Tuesday, after Optic press time, where personnel from the Office of the State Auditor could present the results of a special audit to the acting City Manager, Ann Marie Gallegos, Interim Finance Director Tana Vega, Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron and one City Councilor.

  • Drowning victim tested positive for meth, fentanyl, marijuana

    Results recently obtained from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show the drugs a 20-year-old Teoclote man had in his system when he died. 

  • Police: DWI suspect more than twice legal limit

    A Las Vegas man was booked into jail on several charges earlier this month after a New Mexico State Police say he was driving fast down Grand Avenue and a breath test showed his alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

  • Rail service kept intact through grant

    Last year, when President Trump's proposed budget included nixes to Amtrak and rail funding pointed to eliminating the Southwest Chief line altogether, fliers and posters circulated, encouraging constituents to contact Congressional leaders about keeping rail in the area.

    Last week, approval of a grant to restore funding for the Southwest Chef had some Deocratic party officials celebrating. 

    Amtrak has a station in Las Vegas that provides jobs and is critical to the planned development of the city's Railroad Avenue.

  • Job vacancies abound for City of Las Vegas

    Need a job?

    If you have the correct qualifications and/or certifications, the City of Las Vegas might have something for you.

    From the City Manager position to some part-time jobs, the city had at least 20 vacancies as of late Friday morning. Some were created by retirements; others are simply due to a high amount of turnover.

  • Plotting a new course

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Receiving a New Mexico Teacher of the Year award was much more than an honor for a Highlands University alumna; it was an opportunity to be a voice for the state’s teachers and students.

    New Mexico’s Public Education Department selected Stephanie Gurulé-Leyba, a medical science teacher at Santa Fe’s Capital High School, as its 2017 Teacher of the Year, the first time in 16 years a Santa Fe teacher has received the award.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Fix the streets
    Our city council candidates are appealing to us with  “new vision,” “new direction,” and other mostly meaningless slogans.