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  • Mayor, councilor spar during session

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While there were no votes taken during Wednesday’s City of Las Vegas work session, there were angry words exchanged between the mayor and a city councilor over training of workers to use equipment.

  • Distinguished Highlands alumnus: Loretta Salazar

    NOTE: This is the third in a series of profiles of the six 2017 Distinguished Alumni being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Loretta Salazar’s career as a leader in bilingual education spans 40 years. Her tenure with the Highlands School of Education was from 1992 to 2013, when she directed the Bilingual Education Program and Teaching English as a Second Language Program.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Three N.M. tribes get grants

    ALBUQUERQUE — Three New Mexico Native American communities will be sharing more than $2 million in federal housing grants.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding grants to the Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority, the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority and the housing authority at Cochiti Pueblo.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 17

    The Associated Press

    KSU students: No white nationalism

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas State students rallied against white nationalism after racist posters were plastered around campus.

    The Kansas City Star reports that participants in the Thursday night solidarity rally also decried President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Children Program, which allows some immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 17, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14:

    Jonathan Aragon, 19, failure to comply with conditions of probation, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Kassandra Silva, 24, four-day confinement, San Miguel Magistrate Court. Jayson Pusateri, 39, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.

    Jeffrey Fernandez, 23, possession of marijuana, public nuisance. Las Vegas Municipal Court.

  • N.M.Secretary of State adopts final Campaign Finance Rule

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today adopted the final version of a campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to bring the CRA into constitutional compliance following numerous court cases.

    The rule will go into effect on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, which is the first day of a new campaign finance reporting period.

  • Hail damage: Newcomer dent crews trying to ‘do it right’

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Jeff Crenshaw and Chris Clark say they tried to do things the right way by getting their business license first. The business partners set up “Dents Plus” in a permanent building on the northwest corner of Valencia and North Gonzales streets.

  • Hail damage: City cautions consumers about roof repairs

    By Lee Einer, City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer

    While most roofing contractors are legitimate, there are some, known as “storm-chasers” or “roofing-gypsies,” that follow damaging storms looking for homeowners to exploit.

    In the wake of recent hail storms, the City of Las Vegas’ Community Development Department has received multiple complaints from area residents about roofers. The complaints range from aggressive door-to-door sales tactics, to shoddy workmanship, to unlicensed roofing contractors.

  • Hail was a part of wet summer for the county

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    It’s been a rough monsoon season for San Miguel and Mora counties. According to Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service, much of eastern New Mexico witnessed August precipitation totals that were two to three times normal. Eastern San Miguel County has been among the wettest areas, with totals closer to three to four times normal.

    Here are some August totals from various weather reporting stations in the area. Normal precipitation for the month is 3.73 inches.

    Las Vegas 1.6 NNW: 6.99 inches.

  • Luna has $3.8 million end-of-year surplus

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Luna Community College will have many challenges in the years ahead. According to a presentation made at Tuesday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting, the college is in a considerably better financial position to tackle those challenges than some other schools its size.