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  • Balloon pilots make history

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    An audacious, nearly 7,000-mile-long trip across the Pacific Ocean came to an end Saturday as two accomplished pilots safely touched down in the water just off the coast of Mexico in their helium-filled balloon after shattering two long-standing records.

  • In Brief - News - Feb. 2, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Measles outbreak concerns officials
    SANTA FE — A measles outbreak traced largely to Disneyland in Southern California has New Mexico health officials concerned.
    The outbreak has spread to Arizona, Colorado and other states but hasn’t hit New Mexico yet. However, state officials say they’re concerned because an increasing number of families have been seeking vaccine exemptions for their children.

  • Appeals court to rule on teen’s clean air suit

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico appeals court heard arguments earlier this month that could persuade it to overturn a ruling against a high school student’s lawsuit, which calls on the state to do a better job protecting air quality.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 2, 2015

    In 1965
    Tuesday, Feb. 2 — Olivas 7-11 claimed the title “Best in Las Vegas” Sunday at Vegas Bowl. Competing against the first half champions of all the men’s leagues, the 7-11ers came out on top. They knocked over 2,947 pins in their triumph. Vegas Bowl, representing the Classic League, finished second; Hillcrest Restaurant, Civic League and Stevens Oil had the high game, a 220. Bernie Allingham of Olivas turned in the high series with his 581.

  • Looking ahead - News - Feb. 2, 2015

    Town Hall for veterans
    All veterans are invited to attend a Town Hall from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at the local VFW located at 148 Mills Ave. Veterans and their family members will be able to  meet Andrew Welch, the new Director for the New Mexico VA Health Care System (NMVAHCS).

  • Weather - Feb. 2, 2015

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 50. West wind 5-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 25. Northwest wind around 10 mph.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 56. Northwest wind around 10 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. A 10 percent chance of snow showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 52. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 30.

  • West candidates spar

    Five of the eight candidates for West Las Vegas School board faced off during a forum on Wednesday evening.

    During the forum, board candidates offered their views on varying issues including common core curriculum, rising transportation costs, declining enrollment at the Valley Elementary and Middle School, the district’s teacher union, parental involvement, school safety, high school graduation rates, consolidation and the district’s Family Partnership school.

  • Senior profile - John Burns

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    For the Optic

    It’s amazing to discover the details of the lives of Las Vegas denizens. Such was the case with John Burns. He was born in 1938, at the old Las Vegas Hospital, the only child of John and Marie Narwatil Burns, an Austrian immigrant.

    His parents had moved to Las Vegas for health reasons and for treatment at the Valmora Sanatorium. The elder Mr. Burns worked at the Montezuma Barbershop and often tended to people at the Valmora facility.

  • Morrison to be turned into one-way

    The city of Las Vegas is planning to turn the portion of Morrison Street between the courthouse and Our Lady of Sorrows Church into a one-way.

    Under the plan, Morrison from Valencia to West National will be turned into a one way with vehicles able to drive south.
    A public meeting on the change is planned for 6 p.m. Tuesday at the City Council chambers.

    City Manager Elmer Martinez briefed the City Council on the plan at last week’s meeting, telling the governing body that the change is something city staff have been considering for some time.

  • AG makes mental health audit public

    The Associated Press

    A redacted version of an audit that led to the shake-up of behavioral health services for needy New Mexicans is now public.
    State Attorney General Hector Balderas released the audit during a news conference in Albuquerque, saying the state needs to do a better job of ferreting out fraud without disrupting services that citizens depend on.

    He says he’s making changes in the way the attorney general’s office investigates such matters.