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  • Magistrate denied conversation

    The state Judicial Standards Commission says Mora County Magistrate  John Sanchez initially denied having spoken to the cousin of a DWI defendant about a case while being deposed about the incident.

    Details of the case are contained in a “Petition for Discipline” filed with the state Supreme Court earlier this month and obtained by the Optic late last week.

  • Conserving water - Acequia liner at MMS completed

    Submitted to the Optic

    Construction of a concrete acequia liner was completed recently at Memorial Middle School. The concrete liner will help conserve water and prevent damage to school property from soil erosion and water leaks.  

    The New Mexico Interstate Stream Commission funded 80 percent of the project, while the Las Vegas City Schools contributed the remaining 20 percent.  

    The joint project of the Romero Ditch Association, the Interstate Stream Commission and Las Vegas City Schools was completed June 28.  

  • Power outage wreaks havoc at Highlands

    A power outage that hit part of the city late Thursday morning knocked out all power to the New Mexico Highlands University campus, wreaking havoc there for several days.

  • Looking Back - July 22, 2013

    In 1963
    Friday, July 19 — The signing of a two-year lease Wednesday marked the beginning of a new industry for West Las Vegas. Junio Lopez, owner of the former Chas. Ilfeld building on the north side of the Plaza, has leased the first and second stories of the west side of the building to Southwest Properties, Inc. The site, next door to Northern Hardware and Supply Co., will be operated as a drapery factory and will employ 35 persons when it opens for business on Aug. 15.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 22, 2013

    Space available for People’s Faire
    The Las Vegas Arts Council has space available for the People’s Faire, scheduled for Aug. 17 at Carnegie Library Park. Artists, craftspersons and food vendors are welcome. Applications are available online at Las Vegas Arts Council.org. For more information, call Janet Remenyik at 454-1307.

  • Weather - July 22, 2013

    Monday
    Isolated showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. South wind 5-10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Isolated showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 60. South wind 5-10 mph, becoming west after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.

    Tuesday

  • Interior secretary promotes wildfire prevention

    By Catherine Tsai
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Federal and local agencies will try to speed up efforts to thin vegetation that could fuel catastrophic wildfires which threaten water supplies and hydroelectric facilities, federal officials said Friday.

  • Alleged BB gun vandals busted

    Las Vegas police have charged two men in the vandalism spree that occurred on July 4 in which the windows of six vehicles were shot out.

    Paul L. Valdez, 20, who lives on Baca Avenue, and John Sotres, 19, who lives on the 1100 block of Fourth Street are each facing six petty misdemeanor counts of criminal damage to property and six misdemeanor counts of conspiracy to commit criminal damage to property.

  • Pitching in - Community garden has new partner

    The La Milpa Community Garden off Taos Street on the city’s west side has begun working with the Las Vegas Wildlife Refuge on the project, and that’s good news given the expertise that the refuge is bringing to the garden.

  • No extra cash for BHI employees

    Employees at the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, along with other State Department of Health workers, were expecting a little extra cash in their paychecks last Friday, as the department told them in June that it would be paying out their accrued comp time at the end of the fiscal year.

    But instead of the extra cash, they received a memo from Health Secretary Retta Ward four days before the money was supposed to hit their checks informing them that the Health Department had reconsidered and decided not to move forward with the comp time payouts after all.