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  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 21, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, March 21, 2018.

  • Special audit report due to be released to public soon

    A special report on City of Las Vegas business is due to be released by the Office of the State Auditor soon.

    A non-public "exit conference" was set for late Tuesday, after Optic press time, where personnel from the Office of the State Auditor could present the results of a special audit to the acting City Manager, Ann Marie Gallegos, Interim Finance Director Tana Vega, Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Giron and one City Councilor.

  • Drowning victim tested positive for meth, fentanyl, marijuana

    Results recently obtained from the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator show the drugs a 20-year-old Teoclote man had in his system when he died. 

  • Police: DWI suspect more than twice legal limit

    A Las Vegas man was booked into jail on several charges earlier this month after a New Mexico State Police say he was driving fast down Grand Avenue and a breath test showed his alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

  • Rail service kept intact through grant

    Last year, when President Trump's proposed budget included nixes to Amtrak and rail funding pointed to eliminating the Southwest Chief line altogether, fliers and posters circulated, encouraging constituents to contact Congressional leaders about keeping rail in the area.

    Last week, approval of a grant to restore funding for the Southwest Chef had some Deocratic party officials celebrating. 

    Amtrak has a station in Las Vegas that provides jobs and is critical to the planned development of the city's Railroad Avenue.

  • Job vacancies abound for City of Las Vegas

    Need a job?

    If you have the correct qualifications and/or certifications, the City of Las Vegas might have something for you.

    From the City Manager position to some part-time jobs, the city had at least 20 vacancies as of late Friday morning. Some were created by retirements; others are simply due to a high amount of turnover.

  • Plotting a new course

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Receiving a New Mexico Teacher of the Year award was much more than an honor for a Highlands University alumna; it was an opportunity to be a voice for the state’s teachers and students.

    New Mexico’s Public Education Department selected Stephanie Gurulé-Leyba, a medical science teacher at Santa Fe’s Capital High School, as its 2017 Teacher of the Year, the first time in 16 years a Santa Fe teacher has received the award.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, March 18, 2018

    Fix the streets
    Our city council candidates are appealing to us with  “new vision,” “new direction,” and other mostly meaningless slogans.

  • Trustee resigns from LCC Board

    Luna Community College Board of Trustee Severiano Sisneros resigned, effective March 7, according to a news release from the college.

    Sisneros, who represents the Santa Rosa area, was elected in March 2015.

  • Safety issue discussed by West Las Vegas Board

    It was a mixed bag of issues that greeted West Las Vegas Board members Wednesday night. They heard a presentation by Hermits Peak Watershed Alliance of education efforts to restore watersheds and be good stewards of rivers.