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  • Luis E. Armijo Elementary Jan. 2018 Students of the Month

    Here are the Luis E. Armijo Elementary students of the month for January 2018.

    They are Kristi Martinez, Danny Provencio, Alia Kimah and Mari Jo Montoya, Makayla Chavez, Coby Coca, Julian Pacheco, Mikaela Montoya and Jacelyn Codova.

  • El Valle Collaborative hosts healthcare co-op

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    RIBERA —January 18, 2018 - As the rural northeast counties of New Mexico continue to experience provider shortages and the future of prenatal care remains uncertain for cities like Las Vegas, one local non-profit has set its focus on a cooperative model for rural healthcare delivery.

    The El Valle Women’s Collaborative began in 2012 with the vision that they could enhance the lives of families in the Pecos River Valley through projects that support economic development, health and wellness.

  • Looking for Love’s?

    One can drive on north Grand Avenue and see the weathered Inn of Las Vegas sign towering above the heavy construction equipment scraping earth and moving it about to reshape the desert landscape into an approximately 8,000-square-foot Love’s Travel Stop & Country Store.

    It’s what most people may call Love’s Truck Stop, and it’s coming to Las Vegas.

    Love’s media relations specialist, Kealey Dorian, said the company plans opening the store early this summer.

  • Dam (improvements) authentic

    Submitted to the Optic

    The City of Las Vegas held a groundbreaking ceremony for the renovation of Bradner Reservoir on Jan. 25.

    Bradner Reservoir has rarely been used by the city for potable water. When completed, the renovation will add roughly 300 acre-feet of usable water storage to the city’s existing capacity.

  • Project aims to make earth science more approachable

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    The general public may more easily understand complex earth science processes thanks to the work of a Highlands researcher and his colleagues around the globe.

    Highlands geology professor Michael Petronis, along with 17 earth scientists from Europe, the Americas, Africa and Oceana, published an article in the December issue of the journal Global and Planetary Change, outlining a proposal to create universal visual graphics to help simplify earth science concepts.

  • Still no suspects, arrests in Jan. 21 homicide

    As of Optic press time Friday, no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named publicly in a Jan. 21 homicide that occurred at a residence in Las Vegas.

  • Gov. Martinez vetoes pay raise for successor

    By Morgan Lee, Associated Press

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez on Wednesday vetoed a proposed 10 percent pay raise for statewide elected officials — including her successor — as well as utility regulators.

    In a written veto message, the second term Republican chastised the Legislature for choosing pay raises for politicians over sound fiscal policy and legislation that supports a healthy state economy.

    The raises would have increased state spending by about $135,000 a year, beginning in 2019.

  • Mora man arrested for shooting at ex-girlfriend

    GUADALUPITA — A Mora man was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center earlier this week on several charges after New Mexico State Police say he fired a rifle into the back of his ex-girlfriend's vehicle as she tried to get away from him.

    Monday at about 3:50 p.m., New Mexico State Police officers responded to a location on State Road 434 in Guadalupita, located between Mora and Angel Fire, for a call about an assault with a deadly weapon.

  • Congressman stops by Optic office

    U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján was on his way to a Mora-area acequia event Feb. 17. His staff arranged for him to stop by the Optic and answer questions for about 30 minutes.

  • Hearing on Trujillo case set for March 23

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A hearing is set for March 23 in Fourth District Court in Las Vegas regarding a motion by the defense attorney for Charles E. Trujillo.