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  • West Las Vegas school gets national recognition

    For its second consecutive year of earning an A grade from the New Mexico Pubic Education Department, Union Street Elementary has been cited as National Title I Distinguished School. Its principal, Thomas Sanchez, announced the award at Wednesday night’s West Las Vegas School board meeting. 

  • Uncharted territory

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    A discovery of jade necklaces in Costa Rica inspired a quest by a Highlands student to find evidence of a human settlement lost to history. 

  • City of Las Vegas trash pickup holiday schedule

    Submitted to the Optic

    Residential routes normally picked up Mondays and Tuesdays will all be picked up Wednesday, Dec. 27.

    Have rollouts placed curbside on Dec. 27 by 7 a.m. Do not overfill your rollouts and do not put Christmas trees or ashes in rollouts.

    Dec. 27-29 (Wednesday-Friday): Commercial and residential routes will run their regular schedules.

  • Luna STEM students attend LANL workshop

    Luna Community College

    Six Luna Community College Science, Technology, Engineering and Math students attended the recent Los Alamos National Laboratory Regional Community Leader’s Update Tuesday at Northern New Mexico College in Española.

  • City manager, police chief both to step down

    One of the announcements made at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting was likely a surprise to some. Another announcement was likely a surprise to even more local residents.

    City Manager Richard Trujillo announced at the meeting that he’ll be retiring, with his last day being next Friday, Dec. 29. Later in the meeting, while responding to a city councilor’s remarks, Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron said Police Chief Juan Montaño will be stepping down soon. 

  • Board extends Serna's contract

    At last week's regular monthl meeting, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees approved an extension of the current eight-month contract for Interim President Ricky Serna.

  • It's what you give

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Sandra Saavedra, and Joyce Garcia handed over wrapped gifts to Estevan Martinez of the Las Vegas Police Department on Saturday.

  • Her father's story

    She’s no longer teaching, grading essays or juggling any number of developments that can occur in the day of a teacher. Carmen Baca did that for 36 years with Wes Las Vegas Schools. 

  • Student required hospitalization after MMS fight

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper confirmed a Memorial Middle School student suffered injuries in a late-November fight that required transport to an Albuquerque hospital.

    Cooper said he couldn’t say much about the incident, but confirmed the district is investigating both the incident and how it was handled.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge dismisses suit over new bond rule

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against the New Mexico Supreme Court over changes to the bond system, finding the case was without merit.