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  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 6, 2015

    Breakfast buffet

    A breakfast buffet will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. on Saturday at 518 1/2 Douglas Ave; $10 donation to benefit the Lady Cardinal Basketball team, West Las Vegas BPA, Masonic scholarships, and Bikes for Books.

  • Weather - Feb. 6, 2015

    Sunny, with a high near 70. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 37. West wind 5-15 mph.

    Sunny, with a high near 70. Northwest wind around 15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunny, with a high near 64. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunny, with a high near 62. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 34.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:57 a.m. to 4:34 p.m.

  • Jail Log - Feb. 6, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2:
    Joseph Rivera, 37, unlawful taking of a motor vehicle, aggravated battery on household member, criminal damage to property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Dolores Salazar, 25, failure to comply with conditions of probation,bench warrant,SM District
    Ernest Griego, 39, criminal damage to property, breaking and entry, harassment, failure to appear, bench warrant. SM Magistrate/Santa Fe.

  • Lawmakers grapple with lottery scholarships

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s struggling lottery scholarship program is drawing the attention of lawmakers again this legislative session.

    While no permanent fix is on the table, Gov. Susana Martinez has called for infusing the scholarship fund with an additional $6.5 million to ensure students get nearly all of their tuition costs paid for over the next three semesters.

  • Marquez scores win

    West Las Vegas voters handed Position 1 incumbent Henry J. Abeyta a defeat, opting instead to return former board member Patrick G. Marquez to the board.

    In the other West Las Vegas School Board races, Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez easily defeated Alvin Jiron and John A. Trujillo to capture the Position 2 seat on the board while incumbent Marvin J. Martinez scored a landslide victory over challenger Marco M. Coca in the Position 3 race.

    Conchas Dam results were not available as of press time.

  • Preliminary election results

    Las Vegas Optic

    Las Vegas City Schools board member Gloria Lovato Pacheco has a 63-vote lead over challenger Leonard Padilla with all precincts reporting except Sapello and Watrous. Lovato Pacheco is a native of Watrous and is expected to win there, which will make it difficult for Padilla to overcome her lead in the Position 4 race.

    In the Position 5 race, Robert J. Duran III appears to have defeated incumbent Luis Ortiz, by a more than 2-to-1 margin. As with the Position 4 race, results for Watrous and Sapello are not yet in, but Ortiz is losing by 321 votes.

  • Fraud case settled for $75M

    Las Vegas Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital and three affiliated entities have agreed to pay a combined $75 million to settle allegations that they broke federal law by improperly donating money to local governments in order to make millions of dollars off the Medicaid program.

    The U.S. Justice Department announced the settlement Monday.

  • EDC to receive state assistance

    Submitted to the Optic

    When New Mexico Economic Development Department Secretary Jon Barela announced recently that northern New Mexico community kitchens would be receiving state help, it was good news to Bill Hendrickson, Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development executive director.

    “We are proud and excited that we have been recognized for the effort we have put into initiating this program in Las Vegas. We are working closely with New Mexico Highlands University on this project,” Hendrickson said.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 4, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 4, 2015

    Story Time at Carnegie Library
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 4 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “My Huggy Valentine” by Sheila Sweeny Higginson. Free and open to the public.