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Today's News

  • Hail damage: City cautions consumers about roof repairs

    By Lee Einer, City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer

    While most roofing contractors are legitimate, there are some, known as “storm-chasers” or “roofing-gypsies,” that follow damaging storms looking for homeowners to exploit.

    In the wake of recent hail storms, the City of Las Vegas’ Community Development Department has received multiple complaints from area residents about roofers. The complaints range from aggressive door-to-door sales tactics, to shoddy workmanship, to unlicensed roofing contractors.

  • Hail was a part of wet summer for the county

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    It’s been a rough monsoon season for San Miguel and Mora counties. According to Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service, much of eastern New Mexico witnessed August precipitation totals that were two to three times normal. Eastern San Miguel County has been among the wettest areas, with totals closer to three to four times normal.

    Here are some August totals from various weather reporting stations in the area. Normal precipitation for the month is 3.73 inches.

    Las Vegas 1.6 NNW: 6.99 inches.

  • Luna has $3.8 million end-of-year surplus

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Luna Community College will have many challenges in the years ahead. According to a presentation made at Tuesday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting, the college is in a considerably better financial position to tackle those challenges than some other schools its size.

  • Young eclipse watchers

    Valley Elementary and Middle School in El Pueblo students took time to observe the solar eclipse that happened late last month.

  • Distinguished Highlands alumnus: Chris Gutierrez

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    NOTE: This is the second in a series of profiles of the six 2017 Distinguished Alumni being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Chris Gutierrez is the youngest superintendent in the history of the 1,400-student West Las Vegas School District in New Mexico. Gutierrez, 37, earned his M.A. in educational leadership from Highlands in 2013 and a B.A. in general science for secondary teachers in 2005.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

    From The Associated Press

    Balderas doesn’t want to testify at trial

    SANTA FE — Prosecutors asked a state court Monday to reject an unusual effort to call New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas as a witness at a high-profile corruption trial being prosecuted by his office.

  • Qué Pasa: Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

    FRIDAY

    5 to 7 p.m.: Alumni and Friends Homecoming Cocktail Reception and Silent Auction at the NMHU Student Union Ballroom. Enjoy live music from the Smooth Riders, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails by Borrachos, desserts by Sugarbomb, and bidding in a silent auction to benefit Highlands Home Field Advantage.

    RSVP to (505) 454-3248 or lylamaestas@nmhu.edu.

  • Noticias, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Noticias, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to jbrooks@ lasvegasoptic.com

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Football previews: Homecoming, times two

    Homecoming games for both West Las Vegas and New Mexico Highlands highlight the weekend in prep football, while the unbeaten Robertson Cardinals travel to face perhaps their toughest Class 4A opponent to date this season.

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    The Dons and head coach Adrian Gonzales take on Albuquerque Academy on Friday night, with an early (6 p.m.) kickoff scheduled for the renovated Herrera Complex, which has an expanded new bleacher section and press box on its west side.