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  • Piano Preservationists

    A special Sept. 15 event commemorated the restoration of a rare Kilgen pipe organ operated by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Steuart Goodwin came out from California for the event on behalf of the Organ Historical Society. Santa Fe organ-builder and restorer John Grunow was in attendance, and musician Maxine Thevenot of Albuquerque led the Maia Trio in a performance at the event that included her playing the historic organ.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

  • City wins $150K for historic firehouse

     Submitted to the Optic 

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation, Main Street America says that Las Vegas will receive “full funding” as part of its Main Street program.

    The group announced the award along with its partners: American Express, National Geographic and Delta Airlines.

    “We want to be the first to let you know that the votes have been tallied and that you are among the groups below that will receive full funding through Partners in Preservation: Main Streets,” a news release stated.

  • San José man has trial set on sex abuse charges

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A San José man, identified in court documents as a Pecos Schools custodian, is set for both a competency hearing and a trial on more than 30 sex-abuse charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Louis Ivan Vigil, 45, was booked into jail Sept. 1 on eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. He also faced 14 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • When East meets West

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Anthony Tapia of West Las Vegas managed to get past Robertson defender Emiliano Berged on this play, but Berged and the Cardinals prevailed in Saturday’s 57th meeting between the two teams, 51-21.

    The annual rivalry game included collaboration between the two school districts on many levels. See more about the game on Page 8 of today’s print edition of the Optic and on the sports tab of lasvegasoptic.com.

  • Pumpkins and costumes

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    Julianna Alfaro and three-month-old Jenna Alfaro were fully costumed when they visitied the Church of Latter-Day Saints pumpkin area Saturday.

    Trick-or-treaters braved windy, brisk conditions on Tueaday as they celebrated Halloween.

  • Jury picked; Griego’s trial is under way

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Jury selection was completed Monday in the trial of a San Miguel County resident who is a former New Mexico state senator. Phil Griego is facing corruption charges in a high-stakes showdown with state prosecutors.

    The case comes to a head as scandal weary voters consider creating an independent state ethics commission to shore up oversight of elected officials.

  • Labor board rules in favor of union

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The three members of the New Mexico Highlands University Labor Relations Board spent more than four hours Sept. 13 listening to testimony from department directors about a detailed contract dispute between the union and the university.

    About one month later, the board announced it had ruled, by a 2-1 decision, in favor of the union, which had filed the greviance based on unfair negotiation practices.

  • Study: N.M. not prepped for another recession

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A study says that the New Mexico is not prepared to withstand another recession, should it come, given its depleted financial reserves.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports a “stress test” by Moody’s Analytics that that looked at New Mexico’s current state of finances was published earlier this month.

  • In Brief, Wednesday, Nov, 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Whitefish contract nixed

    Whitefish Energy Holdings says it is “very disappointed” that authorities in Puerto Rico have canceled its $300 million contract to help rebuild the U.S. island’s electricity system.