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  • Potholes problem for city, county

    Las Vegas Optic

    Heavy rainstorms throughout the summer have left city and county road crews scrambling to fix all of the potholes that have popped up.

    “We realize we have a problem with our streets,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz acknowledged at Wednesday’s Council meeting. He said part of the issue is that the city is having problems accessing materials needed to fix the potholes.

  • Suit seeks to halt deportations

    By Russell Contreras
    and Alicia A. Caldwell
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 25, 2014

    The Associated Press
    Gov candidates agree to debates

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic challenger Gary King have agreed to televised gubernatorial debates in October, including one by a Spanish-language TV station.
    Martinez campaign spokesman Chris Sanchez and King campaign manager Keith Breitbach confirmed Thursday the candidates will participate in debates Oct. 6 by Univision affiliate KLUZ-TV and Oct. 19 by KOAT-TV and the Albuquerque Journal.

  • Sunrise ... Sunset - Aug. 25, 2014

    6:28 a.m. to 7:37 p.m.

  • Weather - Aug. 25, 2014

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Scattered showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 56. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent.

    Tuesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Chance of precipitation is 30 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    Wednesday

  • Looking Back - Aug. 25, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Aug. 27 — The Las Vegas City Schools will dedicate four new buildings in ceremonies at the Legion Park, Elementary School tonight. The four new buildings are the Legion Park, Mora Ave. and Gallinas Elementary Schools, and the auto mechanics facility at the high school The new buildings represent a $318,329 project,  with $50,000 coming from the state and the rest from a $290,000 bond issue voted by the residents of the Las Vegas School District.

  • Looking ahead - News - Aug. 25, 2014

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 27 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Peony’s Rainbow” by Martha Weston. Free and open to the public.

  • Luna’s LPN program recognized nationally

    Submitted to the Optic

    Statistics indicate that the need for Hispanic nurses in America is increasing. According to PracticalNursing.org, Luna Community College is doing its share to help. Luna was named the 21st ranked Hispanic-friendly Licensed Practical Nursing Program in the United States by PracticalNursing.org.

    According to PracticalNursing.org, the data used to determine the top friendly LPN program was obtained from the 2012 Integrate Post Secondary Education Data System. The programs’ completions were analyzed and ranked via the following process

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 25, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • Free movie showing of a locally made documentary on the effects of fracking, 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Lora Shields building - room 215.  This locally made documentary shows the effects of fracking in the Farmington area. Refreshments provided, and people in the movie will be there to answer questions. Lora Shields Building is on National between 8th and 11th on Highlands Campus. Look for signs and balloons. For more information, contact the Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth at 426-1468

    WEDNESDAY

  • EPA grants waiver for dam

    The city of Las Vegas has overcome a major hurdle in its quest to come up with the final funding piece for its Bradner Reservoir enlargement project.

    The city recently applied for $20 million in funding for the project from the New Mexico Finance Authority under the United States Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program. But it was notified that under EPA rules, dams typically aren’t funded with that money.