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Local News

  • Mid-air Magic
  • Medite water line leak plugged

    Months after the city of Las Vegas water department began the arduous task of lining everything up to plug a massive water leak, the job has been completed.

    Albuquerque Underground Inc., the contractor hired, completed the job on Sept. 7.

    The old Medite line had been losing an estimated 80 gallons of water a minute, and the problem has been on the city’s radar for months.

  • Luna may have violated state ban

    The two-page spread in Luna Community College’s weekly newsletter earlier this month touted the benefits of Higher Education Bond C, asking readers to “vote for” it.

    State law allows colleges and universities to educate voters about bond issues, but there has been a longstanding ban on advertising by state institutions that calls on voters to vote for a particular bond issue.

    The Luna advertisement appeared in its Sept. 4-9 edition. Luna officials took immediate action when the Optic brought the issue to its attention earlier this month.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 19, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - Sept. 19, 2012

    Taos Revolt of 1847 to be discussed

    Taos Revolt of 1847: The Murder of Governor Bent historical discussion will be featured at 7 p.m. this Thursday at the CCHP/Santa Fe Trail Interpretive Center, 116 Bridge St. For more information, contact Fort Union National Monument at 425-8025.

  • Weather - Sept. 19, 2012

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 81. Northwest wind 5-10 mph, becoming light and variable. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 47. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming north after midnight.

    Thursday
    Sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the morning. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 49.

    Friday

  • United World College-USA celebrates 30 years

    Submitted to the Optic

    Believe it or not, it’s been three decades since His Royal Highness Prince Charles rolled into Las Vegas with his motorcade to commemorate the opening of United World College-USA. This month, the school is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and everyone is invited to join the fun.

    A community festival is scheduled from noon to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the school soccer field. The day will include international student performances, workshops, activities, and food. Everyone is welcome.

  • Tragedy strikes Vatos

    By Martín Salazar and Dave Kavanaugh
    Las Vegas Optic

    A member of the Highlands University Vatos Rugby club was killed and four others were injured in a single vehicle rollover on Interstate 25 just east of Santa Fe Saturday evening.

    The accident resulted in a portion of I-25 being closed for more than six hours as the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office investigated the accident.

    It occurred at 7:14 p.m. on northbound Interstate 25 near the Lamy exit.

  • Parson tapped to be West chief

    A familiar face is now heading the West Las Vegas School District.

    During a school board meeting on Thursday evening, the board unanimously approved Gene Parson as superintendent for the district.

    He had been the district associate superintendent.

    He replaces Ruben Cordova who submitted his 30-day resignation letter late last month. Parson’s appointment will run through June 30 at the salary of $95,000. Cordova was making $100,000 a year. Cordova served as district superintendent since May 2010.

  • Making the Grade

    PECOS — Less than three years ago the Pecos Independent School District earned the dubious distinction of having two of its three schools on a list of the state’s worst performing schools.

    District officials said that was their turning point.

    In February 2010, Pecos Middle as well at the district’s high school were named 12th and 24th respectively in a list of the 35  worst performing schools throughout the state. The ranking was publicized in an Albuquerque Journal article.