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  • PRC to discuss PNM rates in town hall Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    New Mexico Public Regulation Commissioner Pat Lyons will be holding a town hall on Thursday at 9 a.m. at Charlie’s Bakery on Douglas Avenue in Las Vegas, according to New Mexico Public Regulation Commission Public Information Officer Carlos Padilla.

    The topic will be PNM’s recently proposed rate increase.

  • In brief - U.S. News - Aug. 23, 2017

    Remains found of missing Navy sailors
    SINGAPORE (AP) — Navy divers searching a flooded compartment of the USS John S. McCain found remains of some of the 10 sailors missing in a collision between the warship and an oil tanker, the U.S. Pacific Fleet commander said Tuesday as he promised a full investigation.

    Adm. Scott Swift also said at a news conference in Singapore, where the McCain is now docked, that Malaysian officials had found one body, but it had yet to be identified and it was unknown whether it was a crew member.

  • New Mexico delegates make plea to keep two national monuments intact

    By Susan Montoya Brown
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Democratic members of New Mexico’s congressional delegation on Monday issued a last-ditch plea to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to keep intact two national monuments on a list of sites being reviewed by the Trump administration.

  • In brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 23, 2017

    UNM press fights to survive
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The largest publisher of books in New Mexico is struggling for survival amid layoffs and budget cuts.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the University of New Mexico Press has in recent months cut its staff by about a quarter and made plans to reduce its annual output by about one-third.

  • Weather - Aug. 23, 2017


    HIGH 80°/ LOW 55°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    6:26 a.m. to 7:40 p.m.


    HIGH 78° / LOW 53°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 

    6:27 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.

  • KFC robbed at gunpoint

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    The Las Vegas KFC restaurant on North Grand Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night, with the store's workers being forced into cold storage.

    Las Vegas Police Commander Eric Padilla said two male masked suspects, with at least one displaying a handgun, entered KFC on Sunday evening. At least two employees were ordered into a walk-in refrigerator while the store was robbed of about $100.

  • E. Romero building’s original bell returned

    The original bell of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building is slowly making its way back home.

    The bell, which was removed due to structure issues in the 1980s, was kept safe and secure by former E. Romero Fire Department chief Gilbert Armijo for several decades.

    Earlier this month, the bell was returned to the City of Las Vegas Fire Department, where it will be stored until completion of renovation of the original E. Romero House and Fire Department building on Bridge Street.

  • LVCS sites should be ready for upcoming school year

    Students at Las Vegas City Schools are wrapping up their summer vacation as the first day of school looms, a week from Monday.

    Many elementary students will start at a new school site, and middle school students will soon be housed at Robertson High School as part of the district’s resizing plan. The district closed Legion Park Elementary and Paul D. Henry Elementary over the summer.

  • Police were briefed about issues before rally

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The 12th annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally was an opportunity for many visitors and Las Vegas residents to unwind, view and/or ride beautiful motorcycles and eat and drink and relax.

    For the Las Vegas Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, that last weekend of July meant working on warrant sweeps, surveillance and anti-narcotics work.