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  • City finishes fiscal year under budget

    Las Vegas Finance Director Pamela Marrujo delivered good news to the City Council last week, revealing that the city finished last fiscal year under budget.

    Expenditures from the general fund, for example were about $800,000 less than than budgeted during the 2011-12 fiscal year, which ended on June 30.

    General fund revenues, meanwhile, were $351,000 higher than the city budgeted, thanks primarily to higher than anticipated revenues from gross receipt taxes.

  • Looking Back - July 25, 2012

    In 1962

  • Looking Ahead - News - July 25, 2012

    Arts Council show drawing to a close

    Time is running out to see “The Mercy Seat,” the current Las Vegas Arts Council show at 140 Bridge St. Two area artists have put together two- and three-dimensional pieces that challenge, dream, play dead, wrestle, and scream for freedom. The free show runs through July. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

  • Weather - July 25, 2012

    Wednesday
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind around 5 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50 percent. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57. Northeast wind around 5 mph.

    Thursday
    A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind 5-10 mph. A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 57.

    Friday

  • NM judge orders removal of names from online site

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A judge has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration to remove the names of classified employees from an online database.

    The Monday ruling from District Court Judge Valerie Huling came after members of a state employees’ union challenged the practice.

    An attorney for the union had argued that posting the names of classified employees is prohibited by state law and raises security concerns.

  • ‘The Mercy Seat’ - Art show is a mecca of history, figures and emotions

    By Meredith Britt
    For the Optic

    Iron birds, skulls, a masked face, hooded eyes, contorted poses, falling figures amid a stillness of flatness, dense application, soft colors and graceful lines evoke a forlorn enigma within the current Las Vegas Arts Council show, “The Mercy Seat,” at 140 Bridge St., through July.

    Two local area artists, Melissa Williamson and Appleblossom have put together two- and three-dimensional painted and sculpted pieces that challenge, dream, play dead, wrestle, and scream for freedom.

  • City rate hikes inch forward

    By a 3-2 vote, the city of Las Vegas governing body agreed on Thursday to publish two proposed ordinances that set the stage for a vote on increasing water and sewer rates next month.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz joined City Councilors Vince Howell and Joey Herrera in voting to allow city staff to publish the two proposed ordinances. Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and David Romero voted against them.

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  • New baler saves money at Highlands

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    New equipment at the New Mexico Highlands University Recycling Center is saving the university money, generating revenue, and increasing efficiency and production.

    In its first weeks of use in June, the new baler helped the university process 11 tons of revenue-generating recyclable materials from the campus, community and local businesses.

  • Luna awarded $3.25 million grant

    By Lorraine Martinez
    LCC Title V Director  

    Luna Community College has been awarded a new U.S. Department of Education grant totaling $3.25 million.

    Luna received one of just 13 grants awarded nationwide and one of only two grants awarded in New Mexico. The college will receive about $650,000 each year for five years.

    On June 20, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan’s office in Washington, D.C. called Title V Director Lorraine Martinez to inform her of the award.