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Local News

  • Looking ahead

    Fiesta this Saturday

    Fiesta de la Hispanidad is taking place this weekend at Illfeld Auditorium. The annual event will begin at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, with doors opening at 6 p.m. Admission is $4. The event is sponsored by Community First Bank, NMHU President Jim Fries, and the NMHU School of Social Work.

  • Weather

    Friday
    Sunny, with a high near 61. Windy, with a west wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 25- 30 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 30. Windy, with a west wind 25-30 mph, decreasing to 15-20 mph. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.

    Saturday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 60. West wind 15-20 mph, with gusts as high as 30 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunday

  • FYI

    Sunday was the beginning of spring in New Mexico, and here comes the hay fever. Male junipers loaded with pollen are the most likely culprit. People can be allergic to other trees or plants that bloom in spring, but juniper is considered the worst in the state. The severity and length of spring allergies depend on weather conditions and vary year to year.

  • In Brief

    From The Associated Press

    Village settles lawsuit

    MELROSE — The village of Melrose has settled a discrimination lawsuit filed by the former police chief, but neither side will release the terms of the agreement.

    The state Department of Workforce Solutions has said former Police Chief Jennifer Dreiling asked for dismissal of a human rights claim against former Mayor Lance Pyle and the village after reaching a settlement in February.

  • Session yields mixed results

    Teachers and other state employees will see their take-home pay shrink.

    Students at New Mexico Highlands University will likely see their tuition jump by at least 3 percent.

    And more than $14 million in infrastructure improvement projects at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute will have to wait a while longer.

    Those are among the outcomes of the legislative session that wrapped up Saturday.

  • Preserving History

    By Don Pace and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    Back in the late 1800s and early 1900s, the E Romero Hose & Fire Co. building on Bridge Street was home to a hook and ladder team that relied on horses to get to fires.

    In an attempt to preserve some of that history, E. Romero Hose & Fire Co. volunteers have agreed to transfer the historic building to the city under the condition that it be used for a firefighters memorial and museum.

    From 1884 to the 1970s volunteer firefighters manned the E. Romero Fire Co. on Bridge.

  • Ex-sheriff’s charges dropped

    The criminal charges against former Mora County Sheriff Roy Cordova and another man he allegedly got into a roadside fight with in January have been dropped.

    Both Cordova, 39, of Rainsville, and John Gonzales, 34, of Guadalupita had been charged in Mora magistrate court with aggravated battery, public affray and resisting, evading or obstructing an officer.

  • Recycling center reopens Saturdays

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center has reopened on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is also open Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The recycling center has received heavy use since the university opened it to the public and campus community in November 2010. The center is at Ninth and Reynolds, west of the university’s Wilson Complex and behind the tennis courts parking lot.

  • Looking Back

    In 1968
    Monday, Nov. 11 —  The Las Vegas Daily Optic became a member of The Associated Press starting with today's edition, Publisher Stuart R. Beck announced. The AP is a nonprofit organization controlled by its membership of more than 1,700 publications and 2,500 radio and television stations in the U.S. It also serves newspapers and broadcast stations overseas. The New Mexico AP staff includes veteran news teams in Albuquerque and Santa Fe as well as newsmen on all members staffs in the state.

  • Looking ahead

    Public meeting on water this Thursday

    A public input meeting on the city’s water supply will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the council chamber at the Las Vegas municipal building on Grand Avenue. Meeting topics will include limited permission to draw water, insufficient aquifer and storage capability, reduced river flows, inadequate equipment and decayed facilities, and citizens are urged to attend.