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  • Get ready for more laughs

    What? The Olympics are coming to Las Vegas? In the parody  Over the Edge Part 8, Las Vegas will be host to this year’s Olympics in a play that will leave you laughing.

    Las Vegas’ own parody will provide plenty of comedy as the Las Vegas Community Theater group  pokes fun at local and national events, including the presidential election, animal control, Las Vegas mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron, the east and west division, the media and the oil and gas industry.

  • Watering restrictions in effect

    Las Vegas Optic

    A drop in river flow has prompted city of Las Vegas officials to impose water restrictions.

    Stage I water restrictions went into effect on Monday.

  • Local accused of stealing chainsaw

    Las Vegas Optic

    A local man remained behind bars on Tuesday for allegedly stealing a chainsaw from a local store, knocking down a rack after being confronted by a store employee, and then attempting to flee from police after he was spotted trying to flee the scene.

    The incident unfolded  late Saturday afternoon at the Big R store on Mills Avenue.

  • Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet: JC’s Pizza expands on Plaza Park

    Editor’s note: Bricks & Mortar on Mainstreet is an occasional series on  Downtown renovation projects from the Railroad Depot to the Plaza Park. This column is a conversation with Joaquin and Solomon Garofalo, owners of JC’s Pizza on the Plaza and Cindy Collins, executive director of MainStreet de Las Vegas.  

  • Martinez seeking solution on budget crunch

    By Morgan Lee
    Associated Press Writer

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez provided new indications Tuesday that the state may be headed toward a special legislative session to address dwindling state operating reserves.

    The Republican governor told members of the State Investment Council that her office has been working for weeks with executive agencies and a key legislative committee on how to resolve the state’s fiscal imbalance.

  • Bregman makes it to majors

    One of New Mexico’s own — Albuquerque native Alex Bregman — made his Major League Baseball debut Monday night with the Houston Astros.

    Houston was hosting the New York Yankees.

    Bregman, who started at third base, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts as the Yankees won 2-1.

    In the sixth inning, he came close to making his first big-league hit a grand slam, but sent the ball to the warning track in right field, where it was caught for an out.

  • East faced state takeover

    The Las Vegas City Schools District was on the verge of being taken over by the state in May due to major problems in its special education program and its repeated failure to take steps to fix those issues.

    The state Public Education Department said the deficiencies have been ongoing for years, characterizing the district’s  failure to comply with laws, rules and regulations as “substantial and pervasive.”

  • Country Strong

    By Ron Querry
    For the Optic

    If you’ve traveled Interstate 25 north of Las Vegas, chances are you’ve admired the big red barn with the distinctive Hashknife Brand on the west side near the exit to Watrous.

    Surrounded by neat corrals and an arena and well-tended irrigated pastures where fine horses and cattle graze, the 100-plus-year-old barn watches over the entrance to Dogie Jones’ Hashknife Ranch.

  • Pendaries properties will be auctioned

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    A July 30 auction to sell 24 lots and a three-story luxury home at Pendaries Village is getting national attention.

    Travis Birdsong, owner of United Country–Birdsong Auction & Real Estate Group in Poplar Bluff, Mo., with an office in Chama, said he’s received inquiries from individuals, real estate brokers and investors.

    “They’ve been coming in from all over the board -- from the Gulf Coast, East Coast, all the way to Montana and Florida,” Birdsong said Tuesday.

  • New Mexico facing budget trouble

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A bipartisan alarm was sounded Thursday by state officials who say evaporating revenues could leave New Mexico scrambling to meet its spending commitments for everything from schools and public safety to health care over the next budget year.

    A key state senator called on Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to order lawmakers back to Santa Fe this summer to fill an expected hole of close to $200 million in the budget for the fiscal year that ended in June.