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  • Concert for amantes

    The inclement weather did not appear to have dampened the spirits of a capacity crowd at Highlands’ Ilfeld Auditorium on Saturday evening.

    Billed as NMHU Winterfest — A Mariachi Valentine’s Concert, the performance featured Baila Baila, Mariachi Buenaventura and seven-time Hispano Music Awards nominee Reynaldo Maestas.

  • Gas fire destroys home

    John Singletary had a rude awakening on Wednesday morning. The 73-year-old woke up to an explosion near the kitchen in his home at 1925 Church St.

    The cause of the fire is still being investigated, according to the state fire marshall’s office in Santa Fe. However, questions remain as to which side of the meter the gas that caused the fire came from.

  • UPDATE: Interstate crash stuns community

    By Dave Kavanaugh and Mercy Lopez
    Las Vegas Optic

    A community is in mourning after Fabian Trujillo, a Las Vegas school teacher, coach and father of four, died as the result of a Tuesday crash near town according to family members and school officials.

    According to New Mexico State Police Lieutenant Craig Martin, Trujillo, 50, was southbound on Interstate 25 near Exit 345 in Las Vegas on Tuesday afternoon when his Chrysler car was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

  • Event to sport ‘Army’ attire

    Usually one hears about fashion shows in New York and Paris. This Sunday, however, there’s a one-of-a-kind fashion show right here in the Meadow City.

    The vision of Judee Williams and Anne Bradford will come to life at 3 p.m. Sunday during a fashion show in support of the Las Vegas Salvation Army. The event will take place at the Plaza Hotel ballroom.

  • Despite outcry, wind ordinance moves forward

    Not even the harsh elements of winter could cool the ongoing firestorm surrounding San Miguel County’s proposed wind energy ordinance, as Tuesday’s County Commission meeting showed.

  • Alta Vista CEO ‘hit home’

    Maridel Acosta was born and raised on the tropical Caribbean island of Puerto Rico, but finds the winter wonderland in her new home of Las Vegas heavenly.

    Coincidentally, Puerto Rico is known as the “Island of Enchantment,” while her new home is in the “Land of Enchantment.”

    Acosta said she jumped at the chance to take the Alta Vista job, but found there was an added bonus in moving to Las Vegas.

  • Hospital touts quality, service

    In its annual report to the public, Alta Vista Regional Hospital officials said they have a vital, state-of-the-art facility, comparable to any big city hospital in the state.

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s new chief executive officer, Maridel Acosta, who worked in major hospitals for 11 years, said sometimes people take things for granted. For example, she pointed out the new digital mammography capabilities and the 64-slice CT scanner, while most hospitals operate with 10-slice CT scanners.  

  • Ghost Stories

    The history of Las Vegas is dramatic. The Victorian homes, adobe walls, railroad tracks and streets tell compelling stories of the Meadow City.

    For Henry Rik Abeyta and Angel Roybal, the structures and places hold something different.  For them,  these are homes and locations for ghosts. The “ghost channeling” duo tries to capture photos of the ghosts that have been rumored to appear in the different dwellings.

  • Utility defends cutting off gas during storm

    By Barry Massey
    Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Natural gas service was cut off to thousands of New Mexicans last week because utility officials feared losing control over the company’s distribution system and having potentially dangerous uncontrolled outages across the state, lawmakers were told Monday.

  • Program would put farm food in restaurants

    Submitted to the Optic

    A farm-to-restaurant program is coming to Las Vegas. The program, a project of MainStreet Las Vegas, is made possible by a  grant from the New Mexico Community Foundation.

    The project’s mission is to network local food producers such as farmers and ranchers with local restaurants, and to market and promote local restaurants that demonstrate a commitment to purchasing directly from local food producers.

    Many such programs are cropping up across the United States, from New Hampshire to California.