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  • Senior Lunch Menu — Sept. 25, 2016

    The lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals.

    Salisbury steak with brown gravy, steamed rice, carrot raisin salad,
    dinner roll, and pears

    Baked fish squares, tarter sauce, green beans, potato wedges, and
    fruit cobbler and topping

    Beef and cheese enchilada, pinto beans, Spanish rice, and vanilla pudding

    Lasagna, garden salad, mixed vegetables, French bread, and fruit cocktail

  • West graduate joins medical staff at Alta Vista

    Submitted to Optic

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced its formal relationship with Raymond Ortiz, M.D., internal medicine.

    Ortiz attended West Las Vegas High School and graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He received his medical degree from the University of New Mexico Medical School in Albuquerque.

    Ortiz finished his training with a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas-Wichita Affiliated Hospitals.  

  • Green and Gold Pride
  • Police union contract approved

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to approve a contract with the police union that city officials say will make Las Vegas more competitive with other area police departments.

    “I think our department was at risk of losing good officers and not keeping good officers,” said City Attorney Chico Gallegos, who presented the contract to the governing body. “What you see recognizes their key role and a genuine effort to compensate these men and women consistent with their effort and the risk they face on a regular bases.”

  • NM Painters Exhibition opens Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A brilliant blue New Mexico sky dominated by scudding clouds is the backdrop for a view of the foothills in Joel Greene’s oil painting, Interesting Clouds.

    Two colorful figures in bold Brazilian carnival masks stare straight ahead in Janet Stein Romero’s watercolor and gouache painting, Gemini Dancers.

    Pueblo walls curving beneath a swirling sky evoke the ancient pueblo culture of New Mexico in Clayton Campbell’s oil on panel painting Pueblo Viejo Triptych.

  • Cash-strapped NM missed $193M in insurance taxes

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico failed to collect at least $193 million in taxes on insurance premiums over the past five years, even as the state struggles this year to close a major budget shortfall, according to an independent review of collections.

  • Jail to give prescriptions to released inmates

    The Associated Press

    Doctors at a New Mexico jail are extending prescriptions for inmates dealing with mental illness before releasing them.

    KOAT-TV reports that about 2,000 people are booked into the Bernalillo County Jail each month and many of them have a mental illness.

    Jail doctors treat the inmates and often provide prescriptions. They typically give the inmate a prescription for a three-day supply of any necessary medicine when they are released from jail.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 23, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 12 and Sept. 18:
    Johnny Gallegos, 35,  driving on a suspended or revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Joe Baca, 40, bench warrant: failure to appear, criminal trespass, San Miguel Magistrate Court
    Kevin Crespin, age unavailable,  bench warrant: failure to appear, no registration, no insurance, driving on a suspended or revoked license, Mora
    Isaac Leyba, 44,  driving on a suspended or revoked license, Mora

  • Gov wants vote on reinstating death penalty

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez stepped up pressure on lawmakers Tuesday to consider reinstating the death penalty by promising to add the issue to a legislative agenda for a pending special session that was aimed solely at fixing the state’s budget shortfall.

    The second-term Republican governor and former district attorney said that she wants the death penalty as an option for convicted killers of police, children and corrections officers.

  • Weather - Sept. 23, 2016


    HIGH 77° / LOW 42°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. Breezy, with a southwest wind 10 to 15 mph increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 35 mph.
    6:50 a.m. to 6:55 p.m.