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  • Alta Vista welcomes nurse practitioners

    Submitted to the Optic

    Nurse practitioners Wietske Moore and Lindsay Carlucci have joined the medical staff of Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

    Moore is a graduate of George Mason University and Shenandoah University. She has more than 30 years of medical experience, to include hospital and clinic environments.

    Moore is no stranger to New Mexico Prior to working on the east coast, she practiced in Truth or Consequences.

  • Water lack hurts residents

    People who reside in the Gene “Geno” Maes subdivision near Zeamway and Airport Road had their water service temporarily cut off recently, and they’re pleading with the city to resolve their predicament once and for all.

    “We currently don’t have water,” Lydia Ortiz told the City Council during a meeting earlier this month. “We’re victims of the Geno Maes account.”

  • Zuni Days
  • East board gets new president

    There is a new president on the Las Vegas City School board. Longtime board member Gabe V. Lucero was elected unanimously to the position succeeding Gloria Lovato Pacheco during a board meeting late last week.

    Lovato Pacheco said she would decline any nominations for an officer position on the board. She said she felt the district was moving forward in the right direction. Lucero previously served as board secretary and has been on the board since 2009.

    He ran unopposed during the February 2013 school board election.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 29, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Sept. 25 — Conversion of Las Vegas homes from LP gas to natural gas will begin Monday morning in the northwest part of the city, according to Chet Morlan, City gas engineer. Morlan said that the initial conversions would take place on Highlands and Sperry Drive and on Eighth Street north of Sperry. At the time of the conversions, City crews will go from house to house notifying the residents that conversion procedures will be under way.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 29, 2014

    Water Consumers’ meeting
    El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers’ Association board of directors regular meeting will take place at 7 on Thursday, Oct. 2 at 49 Mirasol Road in Ojitos Frios Subdivision. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, contact Lupita Gonzales at lupitagonzales2002@yahoo.com
     

  • Weather - Sept. 29, 2014

    Monday
    Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy with a high near 69. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 73. West wind around 10 mph. Tuesday night mostly clear with a low around 44.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 73. Wednesday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 43

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. Night: a low around 41

  • Building dedicated for HU benefactors

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Viles & Crimmin Residence Hall at Highlands University was dedicated Sept. 19 in honor of benefactors who helped make the dream of a college education possible by funding nearly a thousand student scholarships over the years.

    In its 56-year history, the Viles Foundation that Matie Viles established has awarded nearly 500 scholarships to Highlands University students, for a total of about $1.25 million.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 29, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Enterovirus confirmed
    SANTA FE — Federal health officials say a case of a severe respiratory illness has been confirmed in a New Mexico child.
    New Mexico Department of Health officials announced Friday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a positive test for enterovirus D68 from samples the state agency submitted.
    The virus can cause mild to severe illness, with the worst cases needing life support for breathing difficulties.

  • Poll shows support for expunging arrest records

    The Associated Press

    The criminal arrest of an adult in New Mexico is a matter of permanent public record regardless of whether it results in a conviction, but a new poll indicates many likely voters in the state would approve of changing that.

    Just under half of those surveyed by the Albuquerque Journal, 49 percent, said they would support a state law that gets rid of public access to records of most arrests that don’t lead to convictions. That’s compared to 38 percent who said they would oppose such change.