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  • Governor visits Vegas

    Gov. Bill Richardson flew into town Monday to announce a $150,000 infusion of cash into Luna Community College’s film program.

    “We have one of the most successful movie programs in our history these last eight years. That’s because we have offered the movie companies incentives, free state land, loans, and as a result, we have had billions of dollars in direct and indirect benefits for the state,” Richardson said.

  • Some cars damaged by hail

    Las Vegas has had a couple of hailstorms in recent weeks.

    While it appears that most cars haven’t sustained any damage as a result, some have, according to insurance companies.

    Representatives of Progressive and GEICO insurance companies have called the Optic in recent days to say they’re receiving claims for hail damage to cars.

    The hailstorms occurred on May 27 and June 6. A representative of Geico said that most of the claims are coming from Las Vegas’ north side.

  • East to shuffle principals

    For the second year in a row, the Las Vegas City Schools will see a shuffling of principals.

    The changes were unveiled in an interview with Superintendent Rick Romero last week.

    The highest-profile change will be the promotion of Manuel Lucero to serve as principal of Memorial Middle School. Previously, he had been the principal of Sierra Vista Elementary. Over the last few years, he has served as a principal in both the East and West school districts.

    Leslie Damon will remain the assistant principal at Memorial.

  • Top Mora school official gets pay hike

    A top Mora school district official is getting a raise because he is taking on extra duties, an official said last week.

    For the fiscal year starting July 1, Roger Gonzales, the district’s director of institutional support and advancement, will see his pay increase from $71,000 a year to $79,000, said Joseph Griego, chairman of the Mora school board.

  • Firefighters work on fire in Tecolote area

    Extreme fire behavior and high winds throughout the day made it unsafe for firefighters to get containment of the Tecolote fire on Saturday, state officials said.

    Large smoke plumes were visible since Saturday morning, which made it hard to adequately size up the fire, officials said.   

    The use of airtankers was halted due to strong winds, but a Type 1 helicopter continued to make water drops.

    No structures were immediately threatened and no evacuations were ordered.  

  • Apartment complex opens

    A housing complex on Ridge Runner Road has been completed.

    The Supportive Housing Coalition of New Mexico and the Vista Gallinas Community Partnership recently celebrated the official grand opening of the Vista Gallinas Apartments, a 15-unit permanent supportive housing project. The project provides affordable housing to citizens of Las Vegas who have struggled with homelessness and disabilities.  

  • Co-op plans for more reliable power

    A rural electric project that is expected to reduce the number of power outages is slated to start next month.

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Cooperative recently received approval to move forward with the project from the state Transportation Department.

    As it stands, power outages frequently leave more than 5,000 area residents in the dark. The cooperative serves customers in rural San Miguel, Mora, Santa Fe and Guadalupe counties.

  • Winner's residency at issue

    San Miguel County Commissioner-elect Arthur Padilla signed an affidavit three months ago listing his residence at 711 Legion Drive. It was made under oath.

    But new information indicates that he has been living in Rociada, about 30 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

    When an Optic reporter knocked on the door at 711 Legion last Monday, Padilla’s son came out. Asked if Padilla lives at the house, he said his father lives in Rociada.

  • Man's check largest single donation

    Longtime teacher Lottie Wood Washburn’s educational legacy continues through a $1 million endowment her son, Beverly W. Washburn, established with the New Mexico Highlands University Foundation.

    The endowment is the largest single donation ever made to the university, officials said.

  • Lawmaker gets Mora post

    State Rep. Thomas Garcia will be the new superintendent of the Mora school district.

    Garcia beat out two other candidates interviewed during a Mora school board meeting Tuesday night. The board unanimously approved Garcia as the new superintendent, with member George Trujillo making the motion.

    Garcia, whose District 68 includes Mora County, lives in Las Vegas much of the time but lists his official residence as Ocate, which is in Mora County.