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  • Looking Back - August 3, 2011

    In 1911

    Tuesday, August 1 — Las Vegas is to have a great white way. In fact it already has one, since the installation of magnificent electric signs by R.J. Taupert, the Las Vegas Light and Power company, the Agua Pura company and The Optic ... Cooperating with the firms which are installing the big electric signs, which are a striking feature of all the big city business districts, enterprising merchants are taking advantage of a low, flat monthly rate for window lighting, offered by the local light and power company ...

  • Looking Ahead - News August 3, 2011

    Nat Gold Players comedy begins Friday

    Nat Gold Players presents Over the Edge Part 4, an original comedy about Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Sala de Madrid on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. General admission is $10. Seniors get in for $8 and students with ID pay $5.

  • Looking Ahead - News August 3, 2011

    Nat Gold Players comedy begins Friday

    Nat Gold Players presents Over the Edge Part 4, an original comedy about Las Vegas at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday at Sala de Madrid on the New Mexico Highlands University campus. General admission is $10. Seniors get in for $8 and students with ID pay $5.

  • Weather - August 3, 2011

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind 5-10 mph, becoming south. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

    Thursday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming south 5-10 mph. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60.

    Friday

  • 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.
     

  • Brass Band to perform original Las Vegas piece

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Greater Las Vegas March, yes, that is Las Vegas, will open the 2011 annual Las Vegas Heritage Week on Friday, Aug. 5, at Plaza Park.  This composition by John A. Hand, Jr., composed in the late 19th Century, and dedicated to local resident Jefferson Raynolds, will be performed by the New Mexico Territorial Brass Band beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Road rage leads to charge

    A 20-year-old Mora County woman is being charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon for allegedly following a driver who cut her off and hitting her in the face multiple times with a baseball bat.

    State police obtained an arrest warrant last week for Talena Romero, who lives off N.M. 518 in Cleveland. The road rage incident actually occurred June 28, according to the affidavit for arrest warrant filed by state police.

  • Rough Rider rally
  • East board member resigning

    Roughly six months after being elected to the Las Vegas City Schools board, Ricky Serna has announced he is resigning his position effective Oct. 1.

    Serna, who defeated longtime incumbent Patrick Romero during the February board elections, is leaving his seat on the board to take a position at Northern New Mexico College in Española. He has been hired as special assistant to the president for grants and special projects.

    He currently works for the state’s Higher Education Department in Santa Fe.

  • County approves tight budget

    San Miguel County Commissioners approved a final budget Thursday that outlines about $17.9 million in spending for the fiscal year that began on July 1.

    The only raises built into the budget are for county employees who will be completing their probationary period and for appraisers in the county assessor’s office, Finance Director Melinda Gonzales told commissioners.