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  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 15, 2013

    Book sale set for Saturday

    Friends of Las Vegas Carnegie will host a used book sale Saturday, Nov 16, at the corner of Seventh and University from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Books will sell for $1 a bag.

  • Weather - Nov. 15, 2013

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a southwest wind 10-20 mph, increasing to 20-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. A 10 percent chance of showers at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 39. Breezy, with a southwest wind 20-25 mph, with gusts as high as 35 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. Windy, with a west wind 30 to 35 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 33. Windy.

    Sunday

  • FYI - Nov. 15, 2013

    A water line break left many on the West side without water Thursday morning, prompting the closing of several schools and the San Miguel County offices in the old courthouse building. Schools affected were Don Cecilio, Tony Serna and Union elementary schools. The line was expected to be repaired by 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • Exchange signups very low

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Fewer than 200 New Mexicans signed up for health insurance plans through a troubled federal online marketplace during its first month of operation, the Obama administration reported Wednesday.

    The announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the disappointing enrollment that New Mexico officials had expected because of computer glitches that hampered the start of the federal health insurance exchange.

  • Gov seeks funds to recruit nurses

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez proposed Wednesday that New Mexico launch an advertising campaign to aggressively recruit nursing professionals from other states to help deal with a shortage of primary care providers.

  • BREAKING: Local coach dies unexpectedly

    Many members of the Las Vegas community are in shock due to the unexpected death earlier today of West Las Vegas High School teacher and volleyball coach Mary Bustos.

    West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson said students and staff in his district are devastated. Bustos was well known throughout the area. She had previously taught and coached at Robertson High School and in the Pecos school district.

    For more on this developing story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • Group surprised with $7K grant

    Volunteers at El Valle Community Center in Villanueva got a special surprise on Monday afternoon from Betul Ozmat of the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    In the entrance room into the old school house now turned community center, Ozmat presented Patricia Gallegos with an award and a $7,000 check for the facility. The center, located in the heart of Villanueva just off NM 3, is one of the 10 organizations across the state to receive the 2013 Chispa Award. Ozmat’s visit was a surprise to Gallegos and the other volunteers.

  • Murder conviction upheld

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s highest court has upheld the murder conviction of a Las Vegas man for the 2009 shooting death of another San Miguel County man.

    Louis Benavidez was sentenced in January 2012 to life in prison for killing Kevin Duran outside of the home where the victim lived with his girlfriend and her six children, including a teenage son who fought with Benavidez two days before the shooting.

  • Devastating fire - Most of family’s possessions lost

    In the early morning hours of Nov. 1, three members of the Lujan family stood outside and watched their home burn to nothing.

    But for the Lujan family was heartened by what happened next. Friends and even complete strangers stepped up to help them. Donations started pouring in, clothes for their teenage daughters were purchased and given to them by friends, and a bank account was set up to help the Lujan family rebuild after the devastating fire.

  • Luna unveils new veterans center

    Officials at Luna Community College marked Veterans Day by holding a grand opening ceremony for the school’s new Veterans Resource Center.

    “When we work together, we accomplish things,” said Luna board member Ernie Chavez, who has advocated for increased services to veterans.

    Chavez, a veteran of the Vietnam War himself, said veterans have a hard time transitioning from a war zone to civilian life, and he expressed hope that the new center would help veterans through that process.