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  • National honor for Mora High School

    Mora High School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. The awards were announced on Tuesday and include Mora High School, Newcomb Elementary, and Melrose Elementary School. The list contains 335 schools throughout the country.
    According to a press release from Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, Mora High School and Melrose Elementary School were selected for their progress in tightening up achievement gaps while Newcomb Elementary, located in the northwestern part of the state, was honored for being high-performing.

  • Balloon Fiesta takes off Saturday


    ALBUQUERQUE  — Hundreds of colorful hot air balloons of all shapes and sizes and from all over the world will be lifting off this weekend for the start of the 44th annual Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta.

    The nine-day fiesta — one of the most photographed events in the world — will begin Saturday just after the sun rises as wave after wave of balloons take to the sky as part of the first mass ascension.

  • LV natives host ABQ benefit

    Las Vegas Optic
    ABQ Corks & Brews, a special benefit event taking place Saturday in Albuquerque, will provide guests the taste of various wines, craft beers and artisan chocolates.

    But it’ll have a little flavor of the Meadow City as well.

    That’s because Las Vegas natives Nicole Abreu, a West Las Vegas graduate, and David Stroud, a Robertson grad, are the individuals partnering to make the event a reality.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 2. 2015

    In 1965

  • Weather - Oct, 2, 2015


    HIGH 75° / LOW 48°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 77. South wind 5 to 10 mph increasing to 15 to 20 mph in the afternoon.
    6:56 a.m. to 6:43 p.m.


    HIGH 71° / LOW 47°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 66. South wind 10 to 15 mph. 
    6:57 a.m. to 6:42 p.m.

  • City leasing old state police digs

    The city of Las Vegas has entered into a 20-year lease for the old state police building at 301 Mills Ave.

    The city is planning to relocate its utilities department, currently located on 12th Street, to the Mills Avenue building.

    “It will be a major and very positive change from 12th Street to Mills Avenue,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said.

    Ortiz said the lease agreement was effective on Sept. 15. The city is paying the state of New Mexico $1 a year for use of the building, but it will have to pay for all improvements to the facility.

  • Purple pride
  • Legis. panel meets on Duran case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Declaring it “won’t take weeks, but months,” a panel of New Mexico lawmakers investigating fraud, embezzlement and money laundering charges against Secretary of State Dianna Duran gave the committee’s bipartisan co-chairs the authority on Monday to hire a lawyer to begin a formal process for possibly removing the embattled Republican from office.

  • Right on time
  • Two face charges in Hubble case

    Alex Alirez, 42, and Panchita Maes, 34, remain behind bars at the San Miguel County Detention Center. The two are facing a slew of charges relating to Hubble, an 8-year-old bull terrier, along with several other dogs that were chained and neglected for months,  according to authorities. Both list a 300 block of Union Street address where the dogs were seized earlier this month.

    On Wednesday, Sept. 23, Hubble succumbed to his injuries suffered through his alleged abuse by Alirez and Maes.