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Local News

  • Local dollar store catches fire

    A fire broke out at the local Dollar General store on Mills Avenue yesterday afternoon. The cause of the fire is still under investigation. Please see Wednesday's Optic for further information.

  • Funding questions lead to caution

    The potential for more budget cuts are motivating the two local school superintendents to act cautiously to address staffing issues -- as is evident in a couple of recent vacancies.

    At Robertson High School in the East district, two English teachers, Marguerite Keane and Terri Alderete,  gave their 30-day notices at the start of the school year. But only one new teacher will be hired, according to Superintendent Richard Romero.

  • Recycling 'hub' being proposed

    Is Las Vegas ready to get serious about recycling? A meeting on Monday morning could answer that question.

    The Las Vegas Recycling Task Force and the New Mexico Recycling Coalition are teaming up for a community meeting to discuss the city’s recycling program. The discussion will be not only about the city’s current recycling program, but also what it could be in the near future.

    The coalition has received more than $2 million in stimulus money to develop a recycling infrastructure called “hub and spoke” recycling.

  • 'Medical' claim not enough for pot grower

    An admitted marijuana grower is facing several drug-related charges after officers investigated a burglary in the area found the plants growing in his backyard, police say.

    John Emerick, 42, of 924 Tilden Street has been charged with distribution of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance. The distribution charge is a fourth-degree felony while the others are misdemeanors, according to official records.

  • EAST'S HOMECOMING FESTIVITIES

    This is homecoming week for the Las Vegas City Schools district. The following activities and events are planned for the remainder of this week:

    Wednesday

    • "Horror Day" in which student can dress as scary horror movie characters. Face masks are not allowed, but face painting is.

    Thursday

    • "Class Color Day" — seniors wear blue, juniors wear purple, sophomores wear green, and freshmen wear orange.

    Friday

  • Highlands' collective bargaining agreement OK'd

    After about an hour behind closed doors discussing a collective bargaining agreement with the university’s faculty, the Highlands Board of Regents unanimously approved a new agreement that does not include more money for professors.

    President Jim Fries thanked the board for its approval of the agreement and noted the bargaining process was exceptionally collaborative.

  • Campaigns move into high gear

    The Labor Day weekend is considered to be an important kickoff point for fall political campaigns. Only two months remain before the Nov. 2 election.

    And if this past weekend is any indication, northern New Mexico will not be ignored in this year’s hotly contested gubernatorial campaign.

    Susana Martinez, Doña Ana County district attorney and the Republican’s choice for governor, held a rally at Plaza Park in Las Vegas on Sunday evening. An estimated 500 people attended.

  • Air Force proposes area training

    The U.S. Air Force is interested in flying low over the region.

    In an advertisement that ran in Friday’s Las Vegas Optic, the Air Force announced that it is seeking public input regarding a proposal to establish a low-altitude tactical navigation, or LATN, area over northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The Air Force wants to do an assessment of the proposal to determine possible environmental consequences should the plan go through.

  • Roybal admits to '09 murder

    A Las Vegas man has been sentenced to 12-1/2 years in prison following a plea agreement and conviction in the murder of 51-year-old Terry Greer in 2009.

    Natividad Steve Roybal, 50, pleaded guilty to second-murder, tampering with evidence and conspiracy to tamper with evidence.

  • Calendar

    TODAY HOY

    • Today’s Homecoming activites for the Las Vegas City Schools district. “Red and White Day” — The parade begins at 1 p.m. Participants line up at Fifth and Friedman at 11:30 a.m., Española vs. Robertson — game time is 7 p.m., with the coronation ceremony at halftime. Homecoming dance, for RHS students only, will be held immediately following the game.

    SATURDAY SÁBADO