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  • East bus driver detained

    A 53-year-old Las Vegas City Schools bus driver was detained Monday morning after city police received a report that she was driving recklessly while transporting students, Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño said.

    The driver was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital for a blood test to determine whether she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Montaño said charges in the case are pending further investigation, including the results of that blood test. Police suspect she may have been on prescription medication.

  • East, West lost students

    Enrollment has dropped at both West Las Vegas School District and Las Vegas City Schools, with the two districts having a combined 68 fewer students than this time last year.

    The biggest drop occurred at West, which has 59 fewer students this year. East has nine fewer students. The figures are based on the 40th day counts each district compiled.

    The drops might be linked to the decline in the area population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, San Miguel County’s population dropped to 29,393 from 30,126 in 2000 – a decline of 733 people.

  • Final push - High number of votes already cast

    Candidates and political action committees are bombarding the airwaves with nasty ads in a last-ditch effort to convince undecided voters who they should cast their ballots for, but the end is in sight.

    Early voting ended Saturday. San Miguel County Clerk Melanie Rivera said 5,339 people have already voted early or absentee. Rivera called it a high number, saying she believes it’s many more than were cast during the primary.

    Tuesday is Election day for several key national, state and area races and ballot issues. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • High court sides with state engineer

    Optic Staff and Wire

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court has overturned a lower court ruling that limited the ability of the state’s top water official to manage water rights in times of severe drought.

    The case centers on a program that was intended to speed up the determination of industry, agricultural and municipal water entitlements. The Court of Appeals ruled in 2010 that the Office of the State Engineer had overstepped its legal authority by adopting the program.

  • New ranch supply store to open

    A national farm and ranch supply source is building a new store in Las Vegas, and it plans to employ at least a dozen people when it opens its doors.

    Construction has already begun on the Tractor Supply Company store off N.M. 518, past Walmart as one heads toward Mora.

    “Tractor Supply looks forward to becoming a member of the Las Vegas community,” District Manager Dusty Pate said in a news release. “Las Vegas is a great fit due to the part-time and hobby farmers and horse owners in the area.”

  • Gov hopes for gains in legislative races

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democrats have controlled the New Mexico Legislature for decades, but Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is waging an unusually aggressive and costly battle to change that in the general election to overcome Democratic opposition to her legislative proposals.

  • Looking Back - Nov. 5, 2012

    In 1962
    Friday, Nov. 2 — Now in operation on the Highlands University campus is the National Institute of Health-sponsored Computer Center built around an IBM 1620 model, and complementary equipment, in all valued at approximately $200,000. Dr. E. Gerald Meyer is the Dean of the Graduate School and director of the Institute for Scientific Research, and Dr. M.G. Howat is the director of the Computer Center.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Nov. 5, 2012

    Dr. Robert Bell to give lecture

    A fine art print lecture Series by Dr. Robert Bell will be held at 4 p.m. this Wednesday at the Art Viewing Room on the second floor of New Mexico Highlands University’s Donnelly Library. The talk will be on “Fine Art Prints with a Musical Theme.” For more information, call Bob Read at 454-3338.
     

  • Weather - Nov. 5, 2012

    Monday
    Sunny, with a high near 64. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 32. Southwest wind around 5 mph, becoming northwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 68. North wind around 5 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 35.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 72. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 40.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:27 a.m. to 5:01 p.m.

  • Regional water approach pushed

    State Engineer Scott Verhines was one of the first speakers. He talked about the importance of regional water plans to about 100 people who turned out for Tuesday’s first-ever Northeastern New Mexico Regional Water Symposium.

    Then they were all given a reality check.

    The bad news came from John Longworth, chief of the Water Use & Conservation Bureau, as he spoke about the longstanding drought and what to expect this winter.