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  • FYI - News

    El Camino Road between Hot Springs Boulevard and Cinder Road will be closed to through traffic until Thursday, Aug 4 due to construction of the Cinder Road bicycle and pedestrian trail project, San Miguel County has announced. Please take alternative routes. For more information contact Sangre de Cristo Gravel Products at 425-8833, ext. 10.

  • Union suggests state pension changes

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A union representing state workers proposed changes to a government pension program on Wednesday that could require some employees to stay in their jobs longer before retiring.

  • BLM to lift restrictions

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Bureau of Land Management has decided to lift all fire restrictions on lands managed by the federal agency in New Mexico because of summer rains and increased humidity levels. The restrictions will be lifted Friday.

    The only fire-related closure that will remain in effect on BLM-managed lands is the closure of the Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. The monument is still closed due to the nearby Las Conchas fire and flooding concerns.

  • Bears Near Camp Luna
  • Former NM prison official pleads guilty to bribery

    The Associated Press

    A former Corrections Department official has pleaded guilty to federal charges for accepting $237,000 in bribes in exchange for selecting a contractor for roofing projects.

    U.S. Attorney Kenneth Gonzales announced Thursday that Laurie Chapman had entered a guilty plea in federal court to a 30-count indictment of soliciting and accepting bribes from Santa Fe-based Omni Development Corp.

  • Organization sponsoring golf tournament on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Gold and silver were mined in Las Vegas at the turn of the century, and gold is going to be at the charity golf tournament for children, this weekend at Pendaries.

    Big Brothers/Big Sisters will be giving a 24- carat gold-plated putter, at the upcoming golf tournament on Sunday in Pendaries.   
    This putter is famous and is donated by Ben and Saneh Boothe of The Boothe Companies.  

  • Snow cone man charged

    When the snow cone man went a-calling, the policeman started following.

    Now the snow cone man is facing two fourth-degree felonies, and he is no longer able to sell his summertime treats. It’s all over two containers of moonshine and the special $2 snow cones police say he was selling to some of his customers.

    Pedro Lesperance, 55, of the 1300 block of Highway 283-16, has been charged with unlawful sale of alcoholic beverages, possession of alcoholic beverages for sale and a misdemeanor count of having open containers of alcohol while in a motor vehicle.

  • Highlands gets $100,000 donation

    Submitted to the Optic

    Community 1st Bank Las Vegas gifted $100,000 to the New Mexico Highlands University School of Education to fund scholarships for middle school teachers to complete master’s degrees at the university.
    It is the largest single gift in the bank’s 62-year history.

    The $100,000 gift will fund $10,000 a year in scholarships for New Mexico middle school teachers. Eventually, the goal is for the gift to become an endowment that awards scholarships in perpetuity from the interest earned.

  • City judge pay to be tied to experience

    The person elected municipal judge for the city of Las Vegas in 2014 could end up making less than the current judge.
    The City Council last week adopted an ordinance that changes the way the municipal judge is paid.

    The salary is currently tied to that of San Miguel County magistrate judges. Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo currently makes $80,000 a year.
    Under the new ordinance approved by the council, the person elected in 2014 will be paid between $54,000 and $80,000, depending on judicial experience and the city’s pay plan.

  • Looking Back - July 27, 2011

    In 1911

    Wednesday, July 26 — Khaki and russet were more popular last night than broadcloth and patent leather and the boys who wore them were the idol of the hour... The big event of the evening, of course, was The Optic’s grand military ball in honor of the First Regiment (New Mexico National Guard), which was given in the Duncan opera house. Just to show the soldiers that they appreciated their presence in the city over 1,000 Las Vegas people crowded into the opera house to give them welcome.