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  • Weather - Feb. 6, 2013

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 59. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28. Northwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 55. Breezy. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 31.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:56 a.m. to 5:34 p.m.

  • Breaking: Salazar, Ortiz take East board seats

    The results of the Las Vegas City Schools Board races are in, and Ernesto Salazar has been re-elected for the Position 1 board seat.

    In the Position 5 race, Highlands professor Luis Ortiz prevailed, besting candidates Alexis Mamaux and Carlos Perea.

    Voters also approved bonds for both the East and West districts as well as West's 2-mill levy.

    Pick up a copy of Wednesday's Optic for complete coverage of area school board elections.

  • School chiefs push for bonds

    Three area superintendents all agree on one thing: Tuesday’s elections are all important for each district.

    Mora Schools interim Superintendent Tom Sullivan, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez and West Las Vegas Superintendent Gene Parson all said they are in full support of each district’s General Obligation Bonds and/or Mill Levy elections.
    Voting takes place from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • Lessons Learned - Veteran board member moving on

    Elaine Luna’s near decade-  long tenure on the Las Vegas City Schools Board is drawing to a close.  

    “It has been an excellent time,” a soft-spoken Luna said during a recent interview. “I’ve served with about eight board members throughout this time. It has been great to absorb the knowledge that they have and the passion they all had. I hope my constituents feel that my time has been well spent, that I’ve taken care of things.”

  • Hit and runs land two men in jail

    Two men with histories of drunken driving arrests ended up behind bars again last week, each once charged with driving under the influence again and fleeing after getting into an accident.

    Michael S. Lopez, 39, of the 800 block of Kavanaugh Street and Andrew J. Galvin, 42, of the 900 block of Jackson, were both arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last Monday. Their cases are unrelated.

  • Alta Vista hospital gets new CEO

    A native New Mexican with more than 30 years’ experience managing complex healthcare organizations has been tapped to be Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer.

    The hospital announced the appointment of Kathleen Cahill to the post in a news release issued Friday afternoon.

  • Looking Back - Feb. 4, 2013

    In 1963

  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 4, 2013

    Sustainable Homes Tour is Saturday
    The fifth annual Sustainable Homes Tour in Las Vegas will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday. A self-guided tour highlights such things as a passive solar residence and ; photovoltaic arrays. The tour begins at the Arts Council building at 140 Bridge St. For more information, contact Emelie Olson at 454-3920 or eolson@desergate.com

  • Weather - Feb. 4, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 54. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. Clear at night, with a low around 33.

    Tuesday
    Sunny, with a high near 55. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 29.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 58. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 28.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 48. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 24.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:58 a.m. to 5:32 p.m.

  • Visual and performing arts wearable arts show Sat.

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University Department of Visual and Performing Arts presents the second annual Wearable Arts Show on Saturday, Feb. 9 in the university’s Student Center Ballroom, 903 Baca Ave.