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  • West school district gets clean audit

    Members of the West Las Vegas School Board got good news last week. The 2011-2012 audit has been completed, and the district passed with flying colors, garnering an unqualified audit opinion — the best opinion a public agency can get.

    The audit was performed by the firm of Heinfeld, Meech & Co., P.C.

    During it’s regular meeting last week, the board voted unanimously to approve the audit.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Feb. 20, 2013

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Woman missing in Rowe area

    Search and rescue teams were called out to help look for a couple who got lost around the Rowe Mesa area after the car they were in got stuck, according to San Miguel Search and Rescue.
    Niki Sebastian, the public information officer for the local search and rescue team, said Monday evening that the man was found and was being treated at St. Vincent Regional Medical Center. The man’s girlfriend, however, had not been found, Sebastian said.

  • Samaritan House fundraiser Saturday at UWC castle

    Submitted to the Optic

    United World College-USA is hosting a community fundraiser for the Samaritan House from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday at the campus’ Montezuma Castle ballroom.

    The evening will feature international cuisine, a cultural performance emceed by Sara Harris, special activities, and a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to the local Samaritan House in support of its mission to provide food and shelter to people in the community.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 20, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, Feb. 22 — The Las Vegas National Guard, Battery D, 6th AW Bn, already engaged in “Operation Muster,” will hold “Muster Day” drill on Sunday at Camp Luna. “Today this unit is still maintaining the highest standards of operational readiness,” Lt. Alvin J. Regensberg, battery commander, stated. Those interested in enlisting in the National Guard are invited to visit at the Armory in Camp Luna from Monday through Friday.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 20, 2013

    Senior Olympics registration under way
    Registration for Senior Olympics has started. Pick up a registration form at the front desk of the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Contact Denise McElroy at 454-1379 or jdmcel@desertgate.com

  • Weather - Feb. 20, 2013

    Wednesday
    A 10 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 45. Windy, with a south wind 20-25 mph, increasing to 25-30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 45 mph. A 30 percent chance of snow showers at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21. Windy, with a southwest wind 20-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 42. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, with gusts as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 20.

    Friday

  • County backs sin tax measure

    The San Miguel County Commission voted unanimously last week to support legislation pending in the house that would give voters in each county the option of increasing the sin tax on booze. Money generated from the tax would be earmarked for DWI and substance abuse prevention efforts.

    Wendy Armijo, the county’s DWI coordinator, said that the tax would only impact the drinker, and the bulk of the money generated from the proposed tax would come from heavy drinkers.

  • Wowing the crowd
  • City receives second clean audit report

    For the second year in a row, the city of Las Vegas has received a clean audit on its financial statements and for the first time in about seven years, the audit was submitted on time.

    The city received an unqualified opinion on both its financial statements and on its federal awards program. An unqualified opinion is the best opinion an entity can receive. It means that based on the test work done by auditors, the city’s financial statements appear to be accurate.

  • Students soak up Cuban architecture

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Six New Mexico Highlands University media arts students traveled to Havana, Cuba in January for a cultural exchange that included creating three-dimensional photographic models of architectural treasures to aid preservation.