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  • Smiling Rotarians

    Sharon Vander Meer photo

    The smiles of Las Vegas Rotarians Janet Remenyik, Rose Contreras Taylor and Mary Wolf reflect the success of the first Rotary-sponsored Chinese New Year dinner and silent auction.

    The March 1 event raised funds for Rotary youth and other projects, and promoted the goals of Rotary locally and around the world.

    The event, sponsored in part by the Plaza Hotel, the Range Café, and Southwest Capital Bank, was highly successful with more than 200 tickets sold.

  • Six and strumming

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Six-year-old Sophia Salazar of Taos was among the many talented musicians who performed at last Saturday’s ninth annual Las Vegas Youth Mariachi Conference at Robertson High.

    Students from at least five northern New Mexico school systems were slated to perform, along with special guests.

    More photos from this event will be featured in an upcoming issue of the Optic.

  • West board discusses security measures

    At its March 22 meeting, the West Las Vegas School Board met at the Valley School in Ribera.

    Valley Elementary and Middle School principal Becky Gallegos offered safety measures that the school was implementing, and also presented the board with the initiatives she set for the 2017-18 school year.

    Unlike some of its regular monthly meetings, which can adjourn near 9 p.m., this meeting ended shortly after 7 p.m., according to Veronica Ulibarri, human resources coordinator.

  • Morphy Lake work to begin in August

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Farmers of the Acequia de la Isla and the Acequia de San Jose in Ledoux expect to start renovation of Morphy Lake Dam this August. 
    State Sen. Pete Campos requested $2 million in funding in support of the Morphy Lake Renovation Project to make it safe and functional.

    Acequias Isla and San Jose Presidents Harold Trujillo and Joe Pacheco both thanked Campos for his support for years on the project, saying in a statement: “The dam is more than 75 years old, and is in desperate need of repair.”

  • NMHU professor is ‘Everyday Hero’

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The New Mexico Office of African American Affairs honored a Highlands University professor for being a mentor who empowers her black students.

    Gloria Gadsden, a Highlands criminal justice professor, received the office’s Everyday Hero Award.

  • No charges, suspects in 'sealed' Jan. 21 homicide

    As more violence took place this week near the scene of a January homicide, there continue to have been no arrests and no named suspects in the original case.

    Las Vegas Deputy Chief Ken Jenkins said he received a report that on Sunday evening, shots were fired in the area near New Mexico Avenue and Colonias Street. No injuries were reported.

  • Las Vegas, other fire departments busy

    The Las Vegas Fire Department and other agencies have been busy lately — and it's not even the warm, dry part of the spring yet. 

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Billy Montoya said his department responded to a March 17 call for a fire that was close to destroying four structures. He said all of the structures were saved.

  • Correction

    In a Page A1 story in the Friday, March 16 issue of the Optic, regarding Severiano K. Sisneros III, a 2006 DWI case was incorrectly associated with Sisnerors.

    The case did not involve him.

    The Optic apologizes for the error.

  • City Schools administrator placed on leave

    Nearly every question asked by the Optic this week about a school personnel decision was met with the same response: “I have no comment.”

    This occurred after the Optic was notified last week that Michael P. Lovato, Las Vegas City Schools associate superintendent, director of instruction, and Robertson High School interim principal, was placed on administrative leave

    Lovato, one of a few officials reached, said he didn’t want to comment until he heard further from the district.

  • Suits could affect N.M. House races

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Lawsuits have been filed that seek to disqualify at least three Republican candidates and two Democrats from running for the New Mexico House of Representatives, according to court documents released Monday.

    The lawsuits in state district courts could eliminate competition in three House races between Republicans and Democrats, as well as two primaries in Democrat-dominated districts.