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  • National Awards Program seeking New Mexico’s top youth volunteers

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Today through Nov. 7, , The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is looking for New Mexico’s top youth volunteers of the year.

    Students in grades 5-12 are invited to apply for 2018 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards if they have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer service within the past 12 months.

    The application is available at http://spirit.prudential.com and www.nassp.org/spirit.

  • Weather - Sept. 6, 2017

    WEDNESDAY

    HIGH 79°/ LOW 51°
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:37 a.m. to 7:20 p.m.

    THURSDAY

    HIGH 80° / LOW 52°
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind around 10 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:38 a.m. to 7:19 p.m.

  • Public comment sought for Highlands accreditation

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency.

    The university will host a visit Nov. 6 to Nov. 8, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission. Highlands University has been accredited by the HLC since 1926. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet the HLC’s criteria for accreditation.

  • MainStreet de Las Vegas receives grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    Preserving Las Vegas history is the shared job of public and private organizations, including the nonprofit MainStreet de Las Vegas.

  • Pecos Schools custodian jailed on child sex abuse charges

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A San José man, who is  identified in court documents as a Pecos Schools custodian, is in the San Miguel County Detention Center on more than 30 sex-abuse charges, including criminal sexual penetration of a minor.

    Louis Ivan Vigil, 45, of San José, was booked into jail Friday on eight counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor younger than 13. He also faces 14 counts of second-degree criminal sexual contact of a minor and 11 counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • West project delayed by substandard material

    By Mercy López-Acosta
    Las Vegas Optic

    It seems like the never-ending project.

    The highly anticipated new gym at West Las Vegas Middle School seems to have hit roadblock after roadblock. First, it was former board members expressing their disappointment in having to tear down the existing facility, which was filled with plenty of Dons pride memories.

  • Trementina family preps truck for competition

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Building, re-building and repairing ancient vehicles isn’t for everyone.

  • More than 60 animals treated during spay-neuter clinic

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico, which operates the city-owned animal shelter — under contracts with the City of Las Vegas and San Miguel County — hosted a mobile surgical clinic the weekend of Aug. 24.

    There were 59 dogs and six cats that were either spayed and neutered during the event. The surgeries were performed either for free or for a voluntary donation.

    The clinic was funded by a grant from the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Animal Protection New Mexico.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 3, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 25 and Sept. 1:
    Kenneth Rendon, 25, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.
    Marvin Archuleta, 26, armed robbery, kidnapping (with intent to commit sex offense), false imprisonment, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Matthew Ledoux, 36, trafficking a controlled substance, two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Robert Saiz, 45, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.

  • In Brief - National News - Sept. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press
     

    GOP oppose move on child immigrants

    WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan and another Republican are urging President Donald Trump not to rescind federal protections for immigrant children whose parents brought them to the country illegally.

    Ryan was asked about Trump’s rumored move to roll back so-called DACA protections for such children on Wisconsin radio station WCLO. Ryan said, “I actually don’t think we should do that.”