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  • Annual concert for the birds on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The air will ring with the sound of mariachi music in a serenade for the birds at the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge on Sunday. Originating in the state of Jalisco in Mexico, mariachis accompany celebrations of every kind and speak often of heroism and love.

    The Friends of Las Vegas National Refuge celebrate another year of public service with a love song to the birds and your national wildlife refuge.

  • Breaking: Serna nominates Ernesto Salazar for board seat

    Outgoing Las Vegas City Schools board member Ricky Serna nominated Ernesto Salazar to his position on the board during a special work session  earlier this evening.

    Serna's resignation from the school board becomes effective tomorrow, Sept. 16 - just several months after his election to the board.

    Other interested applicants announced during the Thursday evening meeting are: Christopher M. "Chris" Torres and Sean Medrano. They both expressed written interest in Serna's board position.

  • Man killed in home dispute

    A Las Vegas man was killed early Wednesday morning during a domestic dispute, Las Vegas police said.

    Angelo Padilla, 40, died after sustaining what appear to be stab wounds, Police Chief Christian Montaño said. Padilla was pronounced dead at the home, located on the 200 block of Commerce, near the Interstate.

    Shirley Griego, the woman who police said killed Padilla, sustained injuries that required medical treatment, Montaño said. He did not know how old
    Griego is, nor the spelling of her first name.

  • City housing project hits many snags

    A renovation of city public housing units on Church Street and New Mexico Avenue is aimed at increasing curb appeal of the duplexes, but a mixup with the contractor put the residents safety at risk, city Housing Director Robert Pacheco acknowledged during a public meeting on Tuesday.

    Sidewalks were torn out, brick was pulled off the facade and windows remain covered with plastic.

  • On the front lines of the DWI battle

    Wendy Armijo, Leonore Encinias and Gina Marie Medina are on a mission to battle DWIs in San Miguel County.

    The three work for the DWI County Program, a prevention, educational and compliance program designed to combat problem drinking here. They strive to educate everyone from young children to DWI offenders.

    “One of the goals is to teach children at a young age how to make good decisions,” Medina said. “Once they learn to make good decisions we hope it continues onto adulthood.”

  • County to develop bicyclist safety law

    The San Miguel County Commission has directed staff to develop a bicyclist safety ordinance.

    Details are still being worked out, but, if enacted, the ordinance would likely require motorists to allow a right-of-way of at least five feet for bicyclists along county roads. The ordinance would likely apply only on county roads that are wide enough to accommodate it.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 19, 2011

    In 1911

    September 14 — Restriction of the number of saloons within the limits of the city is the provision of an ordinance introduced at the regular meeting of the city council last night by Alderman Raynolds. The measure was read and discussed and action upon it was withheld until the next regular meeting. The ordinance provides that the number of saloons shall not be increased until it can be shown by a government or special census that the population of East Las Vegas has increased to 4,000... At present there are but six places in the city where liquor is dispensed over a bar.

  • Looking Ahead - Sept. 19, 2011

    Health fair is Saturday

    The Alta Vista Regional Hospital health fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Free health screenings and information will be provided at the fair.

  • Weather - Sept. 16, 2011

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 71. West wind 5-10 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. West wind 10-15 mph.

    Saturday
    A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. West wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 46. A 10 percent chance of showers before midnight.

    Sunday

  • FYI - News

    Las Vegas remains in Stage IV water restrictions. Under the restrictions, residents are not allowed to water their lawns at all. At-home car washing is also prohibited. Local car washes may remain open as long as they are using recycled water. Fines range from a warning for a first offense to a $450 fine for a third and subsequent offense.