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  • Wagon Mound to host meeting about wells

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    A group of Wagon Mound-area residents have pooled some of the resources in an attempt to block a proposed irrigation plan for farming.

    Tracy Seidman, whose family owns land southeast of Wagon Mound, is helping lead a group of ranchers and others in the area in opposition to a plan that includes drilling two new wells on property located near I-25 by Robert Quintana.

  • Contando historias - An area musician started playing in public more than 40 years ago

    Old habits die hard.

    When you’ve been pleasing people with your music for more than four decades, there’s little reason to stop — or even slow down.

    Florian Castillo, who’ll turn 64 in August, has been a fixture of the Las Vegas music scene since 1975, when he first began performing in public.

    The Tecolotito native and lifelong area resident actually got his start while a teenager growing up among relatives like his grandfather Demetrio and others who were musicians.

  • Lawmakers urge governor to reinstate funding

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico lawmakers sent a long list of budget-balancing measures — including new taxes on internet sales and gasoline — to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday, seeking an agreement that would restore vetoed funding to all state universities and the Legislature itself.

    The Legislature recessed for the long weekend, giving Martinez until Tuesday to pick and choose among remedies and reinstate $765 million in spending cuts.

  • Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case

    Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.

    The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case "disturbing."

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  • In Brief - News - May 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gianforte wins by six points
    BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana Republican businessman won the state’s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats’ hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.

    Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill.

  • Banks, schools closing for Memorial Day holiday

    Below are some of the government agencies, banks and schools that will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 29.

  • Police staffing levels debated

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Staffing levels for the Las Vegas Police Department were discussed at last week’s regular monthly city council meeting.
    Among the 16 positions set to continue to be unfilled in the city’s preliminary Fiscal 2018 budget are some full-time police officer vacancies.

  • OB services return to Las Vegas

    Tragedy struck the area in March 2016 as Desiree Amanda Castillo and her unborn son Ezra Augustine Castillo died as a result of a car accident near Rowe along interstate 25. The pregnant Desiree was returning home with her husband Carlos when suddenly a gust of wind pushed the family’s gold colored Infiniti SUV, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and roll. Just a few hours before the crash Desiree and Carlos found out that she was carrying a son.  

  • Symposium allows city, county to compare notes

    Monday and Tuesday, city of Las Vegas and San Miguel County officials gathered to discuss several issues pertaining to the area. The topics included senior citizens, community development, health care, homeless, housing, a drug task force, watershed thinning, quality of life and education. Many local leaders were also in attendance during the two-day symposium, which took place in the student union building on the campus of Highlands University.