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  • Mora students forge their future

    Two Mora High School seniors have created a pathway toward employment in a high-paying industry right out of school.

    The two, Jason Griego, 18 and Julius Valencia, 17, passed a national certification test in November to work as welders.
    Their teacher, Gary Martinez, said the school’s welding program trains students to the level where “they’re good enough to actually take the test. In this case, this was their first test, and they passed.”

  • Texas man killed in U.S. 285 head-on wreck

    The New Mexico State Police announced Monday that a wreck that occurred Sunday along U.S. 285 in western San Miguel County claimed the life of a Texas man.

    About 8:44 a.m. Sunday, the State Police were called to investigated a crash involving two vehicles on US 285 near mile marker 259.

    Officers learned that a 2006 Chrysler sedan driven by Robert Granado, 26, of Big Spring Texas, was traveling north on 285 at a high rate of speed.

  • Gov. Martinez unveils tough-on-crime proposals

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Gov. Susana Martinez is making a final push for lawmakers to pass a series of tough-on-crime bills in her last year in office, including measures to expand the state's three-strikes law for violent felons and restore the death penalty.

  • Highlands to examine more cuts, tuition hikes

    Increasing enrollment and potentially decreasing funding from state appropriations are the ongoing challenge of universities everywhere.

  • Police: Man fired gun at vehicle

     A Las Vegas man was recently arrested on several charges after Las Vegas Police say he fired a handgun at a moving vehicle during a fight.

    Marcos A. Lucero, 27, was arrested Dec. 23 after he fired a handgun at a vehicle fleeing the Enchanted Hills Mobile Home Park, located on Seventh Street near Hacienda Home Centers and Walmart of Las Vegas.

    A warrant affidavit shows police believe Lucero got into a fight with at least one other male and it escalated, with Lucero pulling a weapon and firing it.

  • Here are some of our top 2017 stories — what were yours?

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Here are five of the top Optic stories from 2017, in no particular order, based on impact to the community, direct reader feedback, Google analytics and website and social media traffic.

    What do you think were the most important stories we covered in 2017? Send your feedback to jbrooks@lasvegasoptic.com.

    MainStreet wins grant contest for firehouse

  • City acquires permanent water storage

    The City of Las Vegas has finalized its water storage agreement with the Storrie Project Water Users Association.

    The amended agreement was approved by the city’s governing body on New Year’s Eve.

    The amended agreement gives the city 800 acre-feet of perpetual storage in Storrie Lake, at a price of $4 million.

    The original agreement with the SPWUA was for purchase of 2300 acre-feet at a price of $12 million.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Jan. 7, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 28, 2017 and Jan. 5, 2018:

    Cruz M. Gallegos, Municipal Court Warran,  Magistrate Court Warrant, Aggravated Assault Upon Peace Officer (2 Counts), Santa Fe District Court.

  • Snapped to success

    Three Luna Community College students have earned Snap-On certification on the car brake lathe.

    The students are Isaiah Gallegos, Jasmine Gallegos and Johnny Pino.

    They are certified to use pro-cut on the car brake lathe, which will allow them to resurface the brake rotors while on the vehicle without their having to remove them.

    LCC automotive instructor Gene Sandoval said these students will be the first of many who hope to become certified in the months and years ahead.

  • Mora gets magistrate court approval

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Mora County has taken a major step forward in building a new Magistrate Court.

    In late December, the Board of Finance approved a lease agreement between Mora County and the Administrative office of the Courts for use of a portion of the Mora County Complex for a court facility.