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  • City to host Old West outlaw-themed Halloween event

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection is inaugurating a new holiday tradition. The City Museum will have a Halloween Trick-Or-Treat event at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, incorporating a mixture of history and candy.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    The Associated Press

    School board member quits

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque school board member has resigned following an investigation into her role at a charter school under scrutiny in an embezzlement case.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that Analee Maestas resigned from her position effective immediately. Balderas says Analee Maestas was no longer qualified because of concerns regarding misuse of public funds at La Promesa Early Learning Center.

  • Comments sought on bike network

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico transportation officials want to establish a statewide bicycle network and they’re asking for the public’s help.

    The Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it has set up a website where cyclists and others can share information as part of the planning process for prioritizing routes that are safe and offer the most connectivity.

    The site for the project is www.bhinc.com/nm-bike-plan/

  • Changes for KNME in western San Miguel County

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Public television station KNME / New Mexico PBS’s Digital translator signals Tecolote Channel 49 will be changing to Channel 18 on October 10. This Translator Channel change will impact the Tecolote, Romeroville, and surrounding communities.

    New Mexico PBS will continue to be seen on Ch. 5, but you must rescan your converter box if you receive your TV signal over-the-air, via an antenna. Cable, DISH and DirecTV customers will be unaffected.

  • Conchas-area road to close

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A section of Lodge Road, near Conchas Lake, will be closed for road construction beginning this week. Road construction location will be from intersection of Hwy 433 and Lodge Road to South Recreation Boat Ramp, a distance of 1.5 miles.

    All roads leading to the construction area will be barricaded and signage will be posted for any traffic detours. There will be no access to the South Recreation Boat Ramp during construction for approximately 90 days.

  • County approves DACA, climate change resolutions

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Feeling the need to support a pair of causes that have been in the news a great deal the past few years, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to unanimously approve a pair of resolutions that run counter to what’s happened recently at the federal level.

  • Las Vegas man killed in Tuesday crash

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    A Las Vegas man was killed in an apparent wrong-way, head-on collision on I-25 near Bernal in the early morning hours Tuesday, according to the  New Mexico State Police.

    A news releease from the NMSP states Daniel Lucero, 31, of Las Vegas, died at the scene when his 2001 Nissan passenger car made head-on contact with an oncoming semi-tractor trailer in the southbound lanes of I-25 near milepost 328, near the Bernal exit.

  • A fan-tastic adoration

    Few things thrill Tommy Gallegos more than being part of the Raider Nation.

    A glimpse of his den and his pickup truck should convince non-believers that this man takes his team seriously. Gallegos, 66, spent three seasons as a wide receiver for the Robertson High School Cardinals and terrorized defenses in his youth.

    “I was tiny — only 5-foot-5 and 130 pounds — but I was also fast,” he explains, with sufficient modesty.

  • Velarde, several others no longer with city

    A termination was amid a recent batch of turnover in City of Las Vegas staff.

    Annette Velarde, once the city’s director of community development, was recently “dismissed,” according to City Public Information Officer Lee Einer.

    Velarde, who had been with the city’s community development director for less than a year, was reassigned to her previous position as event planner and film liaison in late June. She had been with the city since April 2014.

  • Contributors flock to Lujan Grisham in governor’s race

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign for governor raised nearly $1.4 million over the past six months, giving her an early financial advantage over Democratic and Republican rivals including GOP congressman Steve Pearce, according to state disclosure forms filed Monday.