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  • WLV leaves superintendent salary at $110,000

    West Las Vegas School Superintendent Chris Gutierrez will be working with his current salary of $110,000 when he begins the first year of his two-year contract on July 1, 2018.

    The terms of his contract were approved by the West Las Vegas School Board on Thursday night.

    The school’s fiscal year runs July 1 through June 30. Because Gutierrez was awarded a two-year contract during the Board’s Dec. 27 special meeting, the Board later will need to later re-visit his contract terms for 2019-20.

  • Show, artwork to honor valued citizen

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Las Vegas is celebrating the birthday of a hometown hero, Joseph Gonzales, on Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Las Vegas Arts Council’s Gallery 140, 140 Bridge St., from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. with a potluck party and a gallery show opening.

    That unusual combination of events was sparked by an Amber Lon MacLean painting hanging in Highlands University’s Fourth Invitational New Mexico Painters Exhibition.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Jan. 14, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 6 and Jan. 11:

  • Improvements to dams a focus of Campos' requests

    As the 2018 New Mexico Legisature's short 30-day session gets under way this week, Sen. Pete Campos is keeping a close eye on budget items, both as a member of the Senate Finance and Interim Legislative Finance committees and as a lawmaker from District 8, where state jobs and the revenue to support them are important parts of the economy.

  • Man, 22, arrested for domestic violence — again

    A 22-year-old local man was arrested on New Year’s Eve for two counts of battery against a household member, third offense.

    On Dec. 31, at about 11:06 p.m., Las Vegas Police officers were dispatched to a home in the 100 block of South Grand Avenue to investigate a domestic violence in progress. 

    The officer observed that a male subject, identified as Kalvin Dimas, 22, was being escorted from the house in handcuffs. After entering the house, the officer made contact with a female victim, who was crying.

  • N.M. lawmakers propose pet food tax

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Two New Mexico lawmakers are proposing a special tax on pet food to raise money for spaying and neutering, but critics are concerned the additional fee could be passed on to consumers and deter pet food companies from doing business with New Mexico.

    Democratic State Reps. Carl Trujillo and Debbie Rodella sponsored a bill that would impose an increase on commercial pet food registration fees from $2 per label to $100 per label of food each year, The Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

  • It's dry out there

    Firefighters quickly reached this apparent small brush fire Wednesday evening along Airport Road, near Highway 250. Not many details were available at press time.

    Due to the lack of precipitation in the Las Vegas area this winter, authorities are urging extreme caution with all cigarettes, outdoor machinery, stoves or anything which produces heat or flame.

  • Certified welders

    Several Luna Community students recently took and passed the American Welding Society certification.

    The students are Mathew Martinez, Devon Maes, Lee Johnson, Andres Gonzales, Jadan Hern, Miguel Serna, Ivan Molinar, Jose Lopez, Javier Branch, Julio Serna, Jerome Pacheco, Jason Griego, Julio Valencia and Joe Maestas.

    Since September 2013, 129 Luna Community College students have passed their AWS Certification.

  • Councilors in support of revised refugee resolution

    More than six months after a refugee-support resolution was first discussed by the Las Vegas City Council, a revised symbolic resolution appears to now have the support of all four councilors.

  • Ulibarri Jr. files to run; Romero doesn't

    After Tuesday's official filing day for the upcoming Las Vegas City Council election, voters learned there will be at least one new council member this spring. 

    With one other ward up for grabs, an appointed incumbent hopes there will be only one change on the council.

    David Ulibarri Jr., who was appointed by Tonita Gurulé-Giron when she won the mayor's election two years ago, was one of four candidates to be certified this week for the March 6 election for the council's Ward 1 seat.