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  • $20M more for Bradner

    The city of Las Vegas has secured another $20 million in funding for its Bradner enlargement project, bringing that water project another step closer to reality.

    “We received New Mexico Finance Authority Board approval for $20 million for the project,” city Utilities Director Ken Garcia said Friday. “Roughly $3 million of that is a grant and $17 million a low interest loan.”

    The funding comes from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program.

  • Polishing their routine
  • Vegas man charged in sexual assault

    A 56-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with criminal sexual penetration and battery in the sexual assault of a Luna Community College student earlier this month.

    Raoul Emilio Velasquez, whose address in court documents is listed at being on the 700 block of University Avenue, is slated to be in court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. At that hearing, a magistrate will determine if there’s enough evidence to bind the case over to District Court for trial.

  • Art Studio Tour kicks off Friday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Big things are happening in Las Vegas.

    The 2014 Historic Las Vegas Art Studio Tour, sponsored by the Las Vegas Arts Council, kicks off Friday. It marks the return of the art walk in Las Vegas, highlighting the artistic talent of more than 70 Northeastern New Mexico artists and artisans.

    The two-day tour includes more than 22 stops featuring a wide range of works, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, photography, traditional Spanish art, street art and mixed media.

  • King to attend HU gubernatorial forum

    Gov. Susana Martinez and gubernatorial candidate and current state Attorney General Gary King have been filling the television airwaves with attack ads.

    On Tuesday evening, King will bring his message to Las Vegas as part of a forum organized by the Highlands University Political Science Club.

    Martinez’s campaign said she would be unable to attend the forum due to prior commitments.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 20, 2014

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  • Looking ahead - News - Oct. 20, 2014

    Meeting on Bradner Dam progress
    The City of Las Vegas will host a community meeting from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the new Highlands Student Union Building ballroom to report on the status of the Bradner Dam project. Snacks and a light lunch will be provided.
     

  • Weather - Oct. 20, 2014

    Monday
    Isolated showers, with thunderstorms also possible after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 67. North wind around 10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. A 20 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 43. Southeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight.

    Tuesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 65. South wind 5-15 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.

    Wednesday

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Oct. 20, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Plague a risk in East Mountains

    ALBUQUERQUE — Bernalillo County and Albuquerque health officials are advising people living in the East Mountains area that plague and tularemia continue to remain active.
    They say the increased rainfall New Mexico has seen over the last two years has allowed for more vegetation growth and increased rodent populations.
    Health officials say a larger number of rodents often lead to more occurrences of both plague and tularemia.

  • Ousted Rio Arriba sheriff seeks new trial

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — A northern New Mexico sheriff ousted from office for refusing to resign after being convicted of abusing a driver during a bizarre traffic stop now wants a new trial.

    A lawyer for former Rio Arriba County Sheriff Thomas Rodella filed a nine-page motion Friday seeking an evidentiary hearing and asking a judge to order a new trial.

    Rodella was found guilty on Sept. 26 of brandishing a firearm and deprivation of rights following a four-day trial.