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  • Wildlife refuge established

    WATROUS — Thousands of acres of land in Mora County were officially donated to the federal government on Thursday to establish the Rio Mora National Wildlife Refuge near here.

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar was on hand for the dedication ceremony.
    The 4,224-acre property — known as the Wind River Ranch — was donated to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by the Thaw Charitable Trust.

  • Mayor’s Ball
  • Council OKs water rate hikes

    It’s official.

    Las Vegas water customers will begin paying more for water after the city’s governing body voted Friday to institute a series of rate hikes over the next four years.

    City Utilities Director Ken Garcia said water customers will see the initial increase reflected in their bills beginning on Dec. 1.

    Friday’s vote caps months of public meetings on the water rates. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against the measure, prompting Mayor Alfonso Ortiz to cast the tie-breaking vote in favor of the increases.

  • Alumni donate $1.25M to UWC

    Submitted to the Optic

    Six alumni assumed the mantle of stewardship from the school’s founding benefactors this week by meeting an endowment challenge that will provide scholarships for future generations of UWC-USA students.

    Sebastien de Halleux ‘96, Bertrand Kan ‘84, Kuo-Chuan “KC” Kung ‘87, Ben ‘98 and Alexa ‘99 Melkman, and Charles Wong ‘84 have contributed a combined $1.25 million for scholarships, which will be matched by UWC-USA benefactor Shelby Davis for a total of $2.5 million.

  • Looking Back - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    In 1962

    Monday, Oct. 1 — Milt Callon, author of “Las Vegas, New Mexico-The Town That Wouldn’t Gamble,” is in town this week to autograph copies of his history of Las Vegas. Callon will be at the Optic at 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is the last time that autographed copies of the interesting history of Las Vegas will be available. The books may be bought and autographed at the Optic.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Oct. 1, 2012

    Story Time at Carnegie

    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m on Wednesday, in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Dino-Football” by Lisa Wheeler. This week’s theme is “Fall Sports.” Story Time is free and open to the public.

  • Weather - Oct. 1, 2012

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 73. Northeast wind 10-15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 10 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 43. Northeast wind around 5 mph, becoming southwest after midnight.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 79. West wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 44.

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 78. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 41.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:56 a.m. to 6:44 p.m.

  • High school diplomas at risk

    More than a quarter of Robertson High School seniors are at risk of not graduating because they have so far been unable to pass the state test that measures proficiency in reading and math.

    Twenty-eight of the school’s 97 seniors are scheduled to retake the test next week.

    Students who fail it again could end up walking away at the end of their senior year with a certificate of completion rather than a high school diploma.

  • Senior Profile - Pat and Marylena Melton

    By Lupita P. Gonzales
    Las Vegas Optic

    Pat and Marylena Melton have spent decades juggling a thriving real estate business and their sprawling ranch east of Las Vegas.

    Now they’re ready to take the plunge into retirement.  

    “It’s taken us since December to get to retirement,” Pat said, noting that breaking away from the real estate business hasn’t exactly been an easy task.

    “Our retirement has been an evolution. It takes time to make that transition.”

  • Las Vegas airport tops in state

    The Las Vegas Municipal Airport received the top award from the New Mexico Airport Managers Association last week at the state aviation conference in Ruidoso.

    The local airport was chosen as Airport of the Year. The recipient of the award is chosen from among the state’s 64 airports, including Albuquerque’s Double Eagle.
    City Manager Timothy Dodge said the award was due largely to the improvements done at the airport over the last few years and the service provided by airport employees.