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  • Weather - July 30, 2017

    Sunday

    HIGH 84°/ LOW 56°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 84.
    Sunday night — a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    6:09 a.m. to 8:04 p.m.

    Monday

  • Students explore famous archaeological sites

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University students explored some of the most famous Native American archaeology sites in the world like Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde during a summer field experience.

    The students in anthropology professor Warren Lail’s course, World Heritage Archaeology of the American West, experienced 13 sites in 17 days, from soaring cliff dwellings to ceremonial underground kivas and petroglyphs with astronomy features.

  • NMHU, Regents make plans for HLC’s fall visit

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Representatives of the Higher Learning Commission are scheduled to be at New Mexico Highlands University the weekend of November 3-5.

    Wednesday, the Highlands Board of Regents heard a brief update about the university’s preparation for that weekend audit, which will determine if NMHU will be removed from a probation list by the HLC, a 19-state accrediting organization based in Chicago.

  • Cycle exhibit devoted to love of leather and chrome

    Motorcycles will roar through town this weekend as part of the annual Rough Riders Motorcycle Rally. One special exhibit has been set up to showcase everything motorcycle from paintings, etchings, photographs, prints, sculptures and more.

    The exhibit is showcased at Las Vegas Arts Council’s Gallery 140 located at 140 Bridge St. in Las Vegas.

  • NMSP: Suspect robbed store in San Miguel County

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor
    A Texas man who was taken into custody after a shootout with police on I-25 in Santa Fe County drew attention to himself by committing crimes in San Miguel County.

    According to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located along Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County at the San Jose exit, between Ribera and Pecos.

  • City posts acequia schedule

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas has posted to its website the full acequia water schedule for the USGS Montezuma Gage to OSE Gallinas River below Middle Diversions.

    The full schedule can be found here: goo.gl/K3xGzK

    The provisions set forth, including the rotation schedule, are intended to serve as guidelines for Gallinas River users in the middle reach. The watermaster shall administer public waters based on the principle of maximizing beneficial use with equitable distribution by priority.

  • Trump, aides no longer pursuing import tax

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump administration officials and congressional leaders are no longer considering an import-based tax system to rewrite the tax code. That had been contemplated to lower rates without blowing a hole in the budget.

    They say in a joint statement they’re “confident” a border tax system is no longer needed to reduce rates. The Republican majority in the House had been pushing the border tax to prevent a ballooning budget deficit.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 28, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Suspect shot  in Chaves Co.
    ROSWELL  — Authorities say a suspect from northeastern New Mexico is in custody following an exchange of gunfire with Chaves County sheriff’s deputies in southeastern New Mexico.

    The New Mexico State Police says no injuries were reported in the Wednesday evening incident along U.S. 380 about 35 miles (56.3 kilometers) east of Roswell.

  • Council disapproves FY18 budget; 3 p.m. meeting set for Monday

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor
    The Las Vegas City Council held a  meeting Wednesday to review and possibly approve a Fiscal 2018 budget to release to the New Mexico Department of Finance and Administration. However, the council couldn't agree on the budget terms and has scheduled a special meeting for 3 p.m. Monday in the council chambers to vote again.
    Cities are required to submit, to DFA, a balanced budget for the upcoming fiscal year annually by July 31. Failure to submit a budget can lead to DFA becoming more deeply involved in local government finances.

  • City solid waste employee injured

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A City of Las Vegas employee, working in the Solid Waste Department, suffered an accidental injury the morning of July 21, according to the city’s public information officer, Lee Einer.

    The incident is under investigation.

    Thursday, Einer, said he was not in possession of any documentation relating to the incident.

    No age, gender or circumstances of the accident were released.