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  • In brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 23, 2017

    UNM press fights to survive
    ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — The largest publisher of books in New Mexico is struggling for survival amid layoffs and budget cuts.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports the University of New Mexico Press has in recent months cut its staff by about a quarter and made plans to reduce its annual output by about one-third.

  • Weather - Aug. 23, 2017

    Wednesday

    HIGH 80°/ LOW 55°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:26 a.m. to 7:40 p.m.

    Thursday

    HIGH 78° / LOW 53°
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph. 

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:27 a.m. to 7:38 p.m.

  • KFC robbed at gunpoint

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    The Las Vegas KFC restaurant on North Grand Avenue was robbed at gunpoint Sunday night, with the store's workers being forced into cold storage.

    Las Vegas Police Commander Eric Padilla said two male masked suspects, with at least one displaying a handgun, entered KFC on Sunday evening. At least two employees were ordered into a walk-in refrigerator while the store was robbed of about $100.

  • E. Romero building’s original bell returned

    The original bell of the E. Romero Hose and Fire Building is slowly making its way back home.

    The bell, which was removed due to structure issues in the 1980s, was kept safe and secure by former E. Romero Fire Department chief Gilbert Armijo for several decades.

    Earlier this month, the bell was returned to the City of Las Vegas Fire Department, where it will be stored until completion of renovation of the original E. Romero House and Fire Department building on Bridge Street.

  • LVCS sites should be ready for upcoming school year

    Students at Las Vegas City Schools are wrapping up their summer vacation as the first day of school looms, a week from Monday.

    Many elementary students will start at a new school site, and middle school students will soon be housed at Robertson High School as part of the district’s resizing plan. The district closed Legion Park Elementary and Paul D. Henry Elementary over the summer.

  • Police were briefed about issues before rally

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The 12th annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally was an opportunity for many visitors and Las Vegas residents to unwind, view and/or ride beautiful motorcycles and eat and drink and relax.

    For the Las Vegas Police Department and other law enforcement agencies, that last weekend of July meant working on warrant sweeps, surveillance and anti-narcotics work.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Gov. travels south of border
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez is traveling to the Mexican state of Sonora for discussions with officials there about economic development and public safety.

    The governor’s office announced Thursday that Martinez is traveling to Hermosillo to attend a meeting of a commission that facilitates collaboration between New Mexico and Sonora on economic and law enforcement matters.

  • Jail log - Aug. 20, 2017

    The following         individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 12 and Aug. 18:
    Helen Rivera, 35, driving on suspended revoked license, probation violation: new charges, Adult Probation.
    Sherise Ulibarri, 31, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Jennifer Parkinson, 32, failure to comply with conditions of probation, probation violation, San Miguel District Court.

  • Bills vetoed by governor should be law, judge says

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — In a recent ruling, a state district judge sided with Democratic lawmakers who asked that certain vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez during the last regular legislative session be invalidated, setting the stage for the proposals to become law.

  • Early childhood program results mixed

    By Susan Montoya Brown
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s programs for young children are generating mixed results and legislative analysts recommended Wednesday that lawmakers continue tracking the outcomes of early childhood programs to ensure the state is investing wisely.

    Analysts with the Legislative Finance Committee presented the findings of their latest accountability report covering spending and outcomes for such programs during a meeting in Taos.