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  • Court to hear death-row appeals

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico’s remaining death row inmates are asking the state’s highest court to spare them from potential execution because lawmakers repealed capital punishment after they were sentenced to die by lethal injection.

  • Tesla decision sparks criticism

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Political finger-pointing has started over New Mexico losing out to Nevada as a site for Tesla Motors’ a battery factory.

    Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King said Wednesday that the electric car maker didn’t select New Mexico because of “a failure of leadership” by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, his general election opponent.

  • Organ was church’s finishing touch

    By Ray Zimmer
    Our Lady of Sorrows Historian

    Las Vegas has a fabulous history and we read and hear about it almost daily. There are famous statesmen, notable outlaws, interesting places and historic events. One of the most interesting stories about Las Vegas’ past is the history of the grand old pipe organ.

  • Mutton busting
  • East raises lunch prices by 25 cents

    Passing through the lunch line at Las Vegas City Schools costs a quarter more for students this year. The board unanimously approved the cost increase late last month.

    The reasoning behind the increase was to be in compliance with the reimbursement amount the district receives from the state.

    The new cost for lunch at the district is $2.75, compared to $2.50 last school year. All of the district’s students get free breakfast. Students who qualify for reduced lunch will be charged 40 cents.

  • New voting machines set for elections

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico voters will be casting ballots this November on new machines that have raised concerns among a legislative agency and some county clerks.

    The voting machines, which cost nearly $12 million to buy and set up, will make their debut in the Nov. 4 general election, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday. Clerks in all 33 counties have been thoroughly trained in their use, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • Looking Back - Sept. 3, 2014

    In 1964
    Wednesday, Sept. 2 — New teachers for Las Vegas City Schools are Thomas Varela, Pablo Lucero, Levinio Montoya, Louis Lucero, Freddie Baca, Myrtle King, Miriam Paroissien, Mary Falbo, Pauline Rindone, Shirley Jones, Carolyn Newton, Agnes Vigil, Vivian Arredondo, Susan Valdez, Patrick Schlatter, Charles Boyles, Ted Maestas, Orlando Sandoval, Leo Maestas, Silas Lopez, Mike Baca, Fred Ortiz, Ray Chapa and Robert Schopfer.

  • Looking ahead - News - Sept. 3, 2014

    Story Time
    Story Time at Carnegie Library is at 10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 3 in the children’s area of the public library. This week’s book is “Up in the Tree” by Margaret Atwood. Free and open to the public.
     

  • Weather - Sept. 3, 2014

    Wednesday
    Sunny, with a high near 88. Southwest wind 10-15 mph. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 55. South wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. South wind 10-15 mph. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    Friday
    A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

    Sunrise ... Sunset

  • In Brief - New Mexico - Sept. 3, 2014

    Optic Staff and Wire

    Councilors earn designations
    Las Vegas City Councilors Tonita Gurule-Giron and Dave Romero have received the Certified Municipal Official designation from the Municipal Officials Leadership Institute sponsored by the New Mexico Municipal League.  They received the official designation at the Municipal League’s 57th Annual Conference Aug. 28 in Albuquerque.