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  • Madam Mayor - Mere 23 votes give Gurule-Giron victory over Herrera

    City of Las Vegas voters made history on Tuesday, electing Tonita Gurule-Giron as the city’s first female mayor.

    It was one of the closest elections in recent memory, with just 23 votes separating her from her opponent in the mayoral runoff. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place on Thursday morning.

    Gurule-Giron, 58, garnered 50.52 percent of the vote to former councilman Joseph “Joey” Herrera’s 49.4 percent. She will be replacing Alfonso Ortiz Jr., who has served as mayor since 2010 but opted not to seek re-election.

  • Gurule-Giron prevails in mayor's race

    Councilwoman Tonita Gurule-Giron prevailed in Tuesday's runoff, winning the coveted mayor's seat by 23 votes.

    Gurule-Giron received 1,108 to Joseph "Joey" Herrera's 1,085 votes. Results are unofficial until canvassing takes place later this week.  Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for more on this developing story.

  • Senior Center remodeled

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Roughly six months after the Las Vegas Senior Center building on Sabino Street shut down, it is back open, and it’s sporting a brand new look.

    City officials unveiled the renovated Senior Center at an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday. The revamped facility was a big hit with the seniors, many of whom danced at the unveiling.

    “It’s very nice. The people are all happy here,” said Viola B. Herrera, who volunteers at the Senior Center.

  • Regents hike tuition

    If you’re planning to attend New Mexico Highlands University in the fall, you better start saving.

    By a vote of 3-to-2 on Friday, the university’s regents approved steep double-digit tuition hikes that will increase the annual cost of attending Highlands by between $582 and $976. Regents also signed off on a new $150 per year student fee to improve campus life for students.

  • Author speaks about NM’s opiate crisis

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The author of an award-winning book that called attention to the nation’s opiate epidemic on Monday described the resurgence of opiates, saying dealers used the framework of a pizza delivery system to peddle heroin while medical providers prescribed unprecedented levels of hydrocodone and other drugs for pain.

  • Selling Las Vegas

    So damn authentic: We can prove it. The city of Las Vegas and the marketing and design firm it hired in December to help promote the area are banking that that message will strike gold with potential visitors to the Meadow City.

  • Clerk feared for her life

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three men were arrested and charged last week after one of them threatened to shoot a Wal-Mart store clerk and another one threatened a customer with a knife, according to documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court.

    William Lucas, 52, and James Barber, 61, both of the 2700 block of Seventh Street, are charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a fourth-degree felony, disorderly conduct, a petty misdemeanor, and public nuisance, a petty misdemeanor.

  • Sotomayor pleads for students to vote

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico.

  • Grass fire burns 1,800 acres

    The Associated Press

    A grass fire that ignited Wednesday, due to sparks from a welder, is under control, a State Forestry spokesperson said Friday.

    The fire charred roughly 1,800 acres east of Las Vegas, near mile marker 7, on NM Highway 104, according to Micaela Hester, Wildfire Prevention and Communications Coordinator for the New Mexico State Forestry office in Santa Fe.

  • Poet Jimmy Santiago Baca film set for June release

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A documentary about Chicano writer Jimmy Santiago Baca is set to be released in June and producers hope to screen it in schools with Latino and Native American students.

    Director Daniel Glick told The Associated Press that the film will be available on DVD and online after being shown at film festivals nationwide.