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  • Progress made in cleanup

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — State and federal officials are becoming increasingly confident they’ll be able to clean up a massive plume of jet fuel at the edge of Albuquerque before it reaches drinking water wells.

    First detected in 1999, the leak at a fueling station at Kirtland Air Force Base was believed to have been seeping into the ground for decades. Estimates of the amount of fuel spilled have ranged from 6 million to 24 million gallons.

  • Ceremony to honor Korean War veterans Monday

    A local Vietnam veterans group is inviting the public to a ceremony and reception on Monday to commemorate the 62nd anniversary of the end of the Korean War and to honor the people from northeastern New Mexico who served in Korea.

    The ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. at the Las Vegas Veterans Park on Mills Avenue. A reception will be held after the ceremony at the Miguel Encinias Veterans Center at 917 Douglas Ave.

    The Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 1063, which is based in Las Vegas, is hosting the event.

  • Que Pasa - July 25, 2015

    TODAY
    HOY
    • Municipal Court closed through Friday, July 24.  Staff will be attending Conferences throughout the week. Court will re-open on Monday, July 27.
    • Mora Fiestas and rodeos will take place from Friday, July 24 to Sunday, July 26 in Mora. The fiestas include live music, dancing, rodeos, and plenty of fun for the whole family. For more information, call 575-387-0237. See page 7 for schedule of events.

  • BREAKING: Luna board votes to hire Sanchez as permanent president

    Luna Community College's Board of Trustees voted on Tuesday to suspend the presidential search that was under way and to hire interim President Leroy "Huero" Sanchez as the school's next president.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • Boy, 15, charged with murder

    A 15-year-old Las Vegas boy has been charged with second-degree murder after he fatally stabbed another male in the neck over the weekend, court documents state.

    Fabian Maes, who resides on the 2300 block of Calle Contenta, was being held at the Taos County Juvenile Detention Center. The probable cause statement filed in District Court in Las Vegas identifies the victim as Carlos Yara.

    Yara’s obituary states that he is 24 and that he was raised in Las Vegas.

  • A touch of the other Vegas - Burlesque show added to rally

    There will be plenty of chrome, leather and lace this weekend for the 10th Annual Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. But this year’s event will also feature a unique show at Ilfeld Auditorium that will bring a touch of Sin City to the Meadow City.

  • Council: No $15K increase for EDC

    The organization tasked with helping Las Vegas and San Miguel County grow the local economy was handed a bruising setback last week, with the City Council voting 3-1 against a proposed $15,000 funding increase for the group.

  • Archdiocese facing more lawsuits

    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has been hit with another batch of lawsuits alleging that pedophile priests sexually abused young parishioners decades ago.

    The three new lawsuits were filed in state District Court in Albuquerque last week.

  • Looking Back - July 22, 2015

    In 1965

  • Looking ahead - News - July 22, 2015

    Reception for new Highlands President
    New Mexico Highlands University is inviting the public to a community reception to meet the school’s new president, Dr. Sam Minner at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday at Kennedy Alumni Hall.