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  • Police called to brawl at fundraiser

    Las Vegas police are continuing to investigate a brawl that broke out at a fundraising event Saturday night and left four people injured.

    Officers were dispatched to El Rialto restaurant on Bridge Street at about 10:15. Saturday night in reference to a fight in progress in the restaurant’s patio. Commander Ken Jenkins, of the Las Vegas Police Department, said there was a fundraising event for a cancer patient going on at the time.

  • State expects higher revenues next year

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    About $285 million should be available in the next budget year for spending increases on state government programs, public education and to offset potential tax cuts, according to a new revenue forecast released Monday.

    If the Legislature and governor agree to put all $285 million into programs and services, that would allow a 4.6 percent increase in spending in the 2016 fiscal year, which begins next July and runs through June 2016.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Aug. 27, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire
     

  • Looking Back - Aug. 27, 2014

    In 1964
    Friday, Aug. 28 — Two palomino colts belonging to Jack, Hermes of Hot Springs Blvd. were poisoned recently by arrow root weed which has been found growing in the pasture where the animals were kept. Dr. Walton Hawk, local veterinarian, warns the weed is extremely poisonous to stock, and suggests horse owners be alert to observe the plant.. The weed is a member of the milk-weed family and resembles it although not quite as tall. Stalks broken give forth a sticky, milky substance. Of of the Hermes’ colts died, the other is recovering.

  • Weather - Aug. 27, 2014

    Wednesday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. Southwest wind 5-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 10-15 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. Northwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50.

  • Lujan picked for East board

    The Las Vegas City Schools board has a new member.

    The board voted Thursday evening to appoint Leroy Lujan to the post left vacant by the resignation of board member Ernesto Salazar. Salazar resigned from the board in late July, saying he has a job in another city and a family member who is ill.

    Lujan was one of seven candidates to apply for the position, although one of the seven applicants withdrew prior to the board vote.

  • Fun at the Faire
  • Rec center moves up on priority list

    The Las Vegas City Council, by a 3-0 vote on Wednesday, gave its approval to moving the swimming pool reroof and repair project for the Abe Montoya Recreation Center up to No. 2 on its list of priorities.

    The project has been on the city’s priority list for years, though it hasn’t ranked very high in the past. Last year, for example, it was ranked No. 26.

  • Potholes problem for city, county

    Las Vegas Optic

    Heavy rainstorms throughout the summer have left city and county road crews scrambling to fix all of the potholes that have popped up.

    “We realize we have a problem with our streets,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz acknowledged at Wednesday’s Council meeting. He said part of the issue is that the city is having problems accessing materials needed to fix the potholes.

  • Suit seeks to halt deportations

    By Russell Contreras
    and Alicia A. Caldwell
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A coalition of lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday to halt the quick deportation of Central American women and children, saying immigrants at a New Mexico detention center don’t have proper access to lawyers and are being forced to clean restrooms and retell stories of violence and rape in front of children.