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  • Weather - June 30, 2014

    Monday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Mostly sunny, with a high near 91. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the morning. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Some of the storms could produce gusty winds. Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. West wind 5-15 mph, becoming northeast after midnight.

    Tuesday

  • Juveniles injured in crash

    A single-vehicle accident near the Castañeda Hotel Saturday night left two juveniles injured, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    Three juveniles were in the car when it skidded into a light pole, knocking it over. Two of the juveniles were transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, one with critical injuries, Montaño said. Alcohol is not suspected.

    No other details were immediately available.

  • Perea tapped for cancer research internship

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Highlands University chemistry junior Melecio Perea is one of only 30 students in the country selected to work on state-of-the-art cancer research in a summer internship at the University of Pennsylvania.

    Perea, a 20-year-old Las Vegas native, is spending 10 weeks on the Penn campus in Philadelphia for the paid internship.

  • Breaking: Regulators forcing changes at Community 1st Bank

    Concerns about problem loans at Community 1st Bank have prompted state and federal regulators to force the Las Vegas institution to make a series of changes, including removing Ray Litherland as its CEO and mandating tighter controls in how it lends money.

  • Plaza Hotel deal gets OK

    The New Mexico Finance Authority signed off Thursday on the sale of the Plaza Hotel, a move that clears the way for the new owner of the Castañeda Hotel to close on the purchase of the Plaza this Monday.

    The Plaza Hotel went into receivership in June 2012 after the previous owner of the property defaulted on a loan to Española-based Valley National Bank. The hotel has remained open throughout the ordeal, although it has reportedly been losing money.

  • Senior profile - Dr. Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    In September of 2003, Mary Schipper and Tom Trigg took seriously Mary’s brother, Mark’s, suggestion that they look into the Las Vegas/Mora Valley area as an option for their “dream site.” The couple made a 10-day visit, and it didn’t take much to convince them that here was a place that could cure their “flashbacks” to the climate they had enjoyed in their one-year stay in Lesoto, Africa.

  • Watchdog group warns city officials

    By Karl Moffatt
    For the Optic

    The New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has warned the city of Las Vegas that restricting public criticism of staff and elected officials at City Council meetings may be violating a citizen’s constitutional right of free speech.

  • A new resource for assault victims

    Victims of sexual assault will soon have a resource that hasn’t been available locally, thanks to a coalition of service providers, community groups and law enforcement.

    The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners program has been operating in New Mexico for nearly 20 years, with the closest program being in Santa Fe.

    Beginning on Sept. 1, Las Vegas will have a SANE program of its own at Alta Vista Regional Hospital.

  • Looking Back - June 27, 2014

    In 1964

    Tuesday, June 30 — Fire this morning gutted the Montezuma street School on Montezuma Street in West Las Vegas. The fire apparently broke out shortly after 7 this morning and seems to have started in a closet. An estimate of damage was between $7,000 and $8,000 if the fire did not weaken the structure, and a total loss if the structure was weakened. The frame building housed two classrooms with about 55 students enrolled.

  • Looking ahead - News - June 27, 2014

    County Commission to meet Saturday

    The San Miguel County Commission will hold a public hearing from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday at the County Commission Chambers, 500 W. National Avenue, on the proposed draft oil and gas ordinance and the county’s comprehensive plan as it relates to the oil and gas ordinance. Both documents are available on the county’s website.