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  • Wagon Mound hoping to improve ambulance coverage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Fifty years ago, it was common for a New Mexico State Police trooper or a county sheriff’s deputy to use their vehicle to transport someone who needed emergency medical care.

    As time rolled on, ambulance service has been brought into rural communities, with an endless series of success and setbacks, especially in towns along major highways. Wagon Mound is one of those highway communities still struggling to get and keep ambulance service.

  • Another man added to list of Catholic accusers

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Another anonymous man was recently added to the list of alleged victims of abuse from a longtime Las Vegas priest.

    John Doe No. 71 came forward in early September to confront the Archdiocese for the repeated sexual abuse he suffered as a six-year-old child at the hands of Fr. Hubertus Lomme at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in the 1950s.

  • A love that never tires

    Those who drive around Camp Luna receive a visual treat as they walk or drive along Avenida Hermosa, where there’s an array of teacups, sugar bowls and flowers adjacent to the property line.

    The creator of these objects, Charles (Charlie) Tapia, has devised a variety of collectible and attractive objects made simply of used tires.

    “I get most of my tires free,” said  “because people keep discarding them.”

  • Two west-side streets to get pavement, sidewalks

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a recemt City of Las Vegas news release, a historically underserved west-side area of the city will soon be getting sidewalks, gutters and pavement.

    The improvements will be made in the ward of Councilman David Ulibarri. He lives near the project site.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Regulators approve solar proposal

    SANTA FE — Residents in some of the most remote corners of the Navajo Nation will have access to phone and internet service under a plan approved by New Mexico utility regulators.

    The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to a plan by Sacred Wind Communications to use the New Mexico Universal Service Fund to help pay for individual solar units that can be used on homes without electricity.

  • Coyote Ranger District plans prescribed burns

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — Fire managers in the Coyote Ranger District of Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between late September and Dec. 31, 2017.

    Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:

    • The French Mesa treatment area (5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina);

  • American Cardinals

    Theresa Wesner/ For the Optic

    It’s Homecoming week at Robertson High School, meaning the usual theme days leading up to Friday’s assembly, parade and 7 p.m. Homecoming football game against Taos.

    Monday was “American Day.” RHS freshmen CeCe Barela, Ashlyn Trujillo and Kyle Conway and sophomores Aaliyah Apodacaand Remijo Chavez seemed to enjoy dressing for the ocassion.

  • Funeral director gets license

    Submitted to the Optic

    Dwight J. Torres, Sr., of Las Vegas, recently attained his Funeral Service Provider License.

    Torres joins the ranks of approximately 100 active licensed funeral directors in the State of New Mexico and is one of about 6 active licensed funeral directors within the City of Las Vegas.

    Torres retired from the New Mexico Department of Transportation in June of 2009. Prior to retirement, he joined the staff of Nelson Funeral Home, doing evening and weekend transports and cemetery set-ups.

  • For those who served

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    Darren Cordova y Calor were the headliners of Sunday’s Fourth Annual Salute to the Troops, which brought hundreds of spectators and dancing music fans to Las Vegas’ Plaza Park.

    Cordova and his band were joined by the artist Gonzalo, who joined with Abby Sanger for helping organize the event, along with Cuarenta y Cinco and others, in entertaining the crowd.

    Gonzalo and others thanked the City of Las Vegas for allowing an all-day closure of the plaza and Bridge Street and helping the event run smoothly.

  • In Brief - Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017

    The Associated Press

    GOP: Aid for Puerto Rico

    WASHINGTON — The top Republican leaders in Congress are promising help for devastated Puerto Rico on Tuesday, with Speaker Paul Ryan calling it a “humanitarian crisis.”

    Both Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday that they are working with the Trump administration and awaiting word on what resources and disaster relief will be needed. Hurricane Maria has left millions of U.S. citizens in Puerto Rico without food, water and housing.