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  • Wildlife Refuge program allows fun learning middle-schoolers

    Submitted to the Optic

    It turned out to be a wonderful year for the Mission Fly Away Program.

    Las Vegas’ Memorial, West Las Vegas, Raton, Maxwell, Cimarron, Springer, and Pojoaque Pueblo middle schools all participated in the Monarch butterfly program sponsored by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the Friends of Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge.

  • NMDOT might initiate action against junkyard
  • Las Vegas man charged with 7th DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the seventh time Tuesday after a Game and Fish officer observed him unable to maintain lanes along I-25 near Bernal.

    About 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, A Game and Fish sergeant notified the New Mexico State Police that a northbound vehicle was unable to maintain lanes along I-25 near mile marker 328.

  • City manager’s wreck did not require drug testing

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas has responded to requests for information about an August vehicle accident involving City Manager Richard Trujillo.

    While leaving his home to inspect the impact of storms on Aug. 6, Trujillo struck a family member’s vehicle with the city’s 2015 Chevy Impala he was driving, but the damage was only to a tail light and fender.

  • Historic railroad depot in West Texas faces demolition

    By Ronald W. Erdrich, Abilene Reporter-News

    SNYDER, Texas (AP) — The Depot has reached the end of the line.

    "We felt like we've done everything we can, already," said Drew Bullard, chairman of the Scurry County Historical Commission. "We went through a very intensive process and we just couldn't get it done."

  • Water dispute along Pecos takes more twists, turns

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A lengthy permitting process for a Texas gas and oilman to use additional water from the West Pecos ditch has recently become more cloudy as a protest from the San Miguel County Commission was rescinded, then reinstated.

  • Enchi-literacy

    Photos by Art Trujillo

    Fundraisers for separate causes were held late last week, with one targeting the mind, and the other, the stomach.

    Volunteers serve up enchiladas on Oct. 12 at the Hillcrest restaurant as part of the 19th annual dinner to help fund Mustard Seed grants for nonprofit groups in Las Vegas and the surrounding area.

    The American Association of University Women held their fall used book sale Thursday and Friday at Sala de Madrid on the Highlands University campus. 

  • In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017

     The Associated Press

    Pastor accused of exploitation

    ALBUQUERQUE — Federal authorities say a youth pastor from Las Cruces is facing child sexual exploitation and pornography charges. They say 30-year-old Stephen Mendoza Arellano made his initial appearance last week in federal court in Albuquerque. He’s being held on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted production of child pornography, enticement of a child to engage in sexual activity, and travel to meet a minor to engage in sexual conduct.

  • Council hears utilities finance recommendations

    A specific list of finance recommendations was what a consultant brought to the Las Vegas City Council at Monday's meeting.

    Paul Cassidy, the Managing Director of New Mexico for RBC Capital Markets, painted an uphill bbattle for the city in terms of expensive projects that must be funded soon. However, he also pointed out some advantages and positive finaincial apsects to the city's situation that didn't exist a few years ago.

  • Teen suspect sought in Pecos carjacking

    Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    PECOS — The New Mexico State Police is investigating armed robberies that took place Friday in Pecos and at a nearby campground, according to a news release, and one suspect is still at large. 

    State Police first received a report of the carjacking of a male victim that occurred at an automated teller machine at about 8 a.m. Friday in Pecos. Investigators believe at least three suspects — two males and a female — were involved in this incident, but only one is in custody.