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  • 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.

  • Las Vegas man arrested twice in nine-day span

    A Las Vegas man, who has a case pending in San Miguel Magistrate Court on a charge of criminal damage to property, committed on Dec. 16, was arrested again early on Christmas morning.

    According to court records, a Las Vegas Police Department officer was dispatched to Pino’s Truck Stop on North Grand Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. Dec. 25, where contact was made with Jeffery A. Shelton, 39, of Las Vegas.

  • Into the cold

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Monday, more than 70 swimmers braved the 9-degree weather to take the 22nd Annual Polat Plunge into Storrie Lake in an event sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis.

    Sunshine that began just before the event made it seem slightly warmer.

  • Two-year contract for Gutierrez

    West Las Vegas School Superintendent Chris Gutierrez will be starting this New Year with a two-year contract, offered by the school board. After two executive sessions, in which Gutierrez’s performance was evaluated, the board unanimously voted “yes” to extend the administrator’s contract for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, said Board Member Christine Ludi in a written response.