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  • Water Alliance policy angers San Juan residents

    As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, some families in an area in western San Miguel County have more on their minds than sweet potatoes and cranberry sauce.

    Installation of new infrastructure has been followed be a change in rates for El Valle Water Alliance in the area of the village of San Juan, located southeast of Pecos. San Miguel County Commission Chair Rock Ulibarri he's aware of a water service shutoff that has left about 10 families with no water since Wednesday, Nov. 15.

  • Jury convicts Griego on some corruption charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — A former state senator, who lives in San Miguel County, was convicted Thursday of fraud, bribery and felony ethical violations in a corruption trial over accusations he used his position as a lawmaker to profit from the sale of a state-owned building.

  • Opening the Sabinoso

    Submitted to the Optic

    Recently, U.S. senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed the completion of the process to accept the Wilderness Land Trust’s donation of 3,595 acres, known as the Rimrock Rose Ranch, to the American people. The property is adjacent to Sabinoso Wilderness in New Mexico and is now part of the wilderness area.

    The donation includes a road easement that provides the public with access to the wilderness for the very first time.

  • Wagon Mound boss still being paid

    The public school administrator who was relieved of her duties with a Mora County school district earlier this year is still being paid her salary during a contract dispute, according to a law firm representative.

  • City Schools grade remains stable

    One fact was unchanged, while another has changed, as disclosed during Thursday night’s Las Vegas City School board meeting. 

    First, the district still maintains a “C” grade, according to the 2017 –18 report card issued recently by the state Public Education Department. 

  • Jail Log - Sunday Optic, Nov. 19, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Nov. 10  and Nov. 16:

    Anthony Benavidez, no-injury abandonment or abuse of a child, aggravated assault of a household member, false imprisonment, interference with communications, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Estevan Alarcon, shooting at a dwelling/occupied building, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • October — a month of many causes

    Here are some submitted photos taken at West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School during October, when Red Ribbon Week, Week With Out Violence and Breast Cancer Awareness Month were recognized.

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  • Disney musical is final season concert for NMHU’s music department

    The Highlands University HU Singers present Disney: Through Light and Dark Saturday, at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium, 900 University Ave

    The Disney extravaganza includes a two-act medley of songs from 15 Disney musical movies through the years ranging from Cinderella, Mary Poppins, and Sleeping Beauty to Aladdin, Little Mermaid, and Lion King.

  • Optic office to be closed Thursday, Friday

     

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    The Las Vegas Optic’s office, located at 720 University, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, in observance of Thanksgiving.

  • City of Las Vegas: Decades-long acequia feud might have resolution

    The City’s conflict with the acequias, which has dragged on since the 1950s, might be coming to an end.

    On Oct. 31, as part of the on-going adjudication of the City’s water rights, the Special Master, appointed by the District Court, released a draft report that would provide the City with an equitable remedy based on the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision that the City does not have a pueblo water right.