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Today's News

  • Child facility director charged after fight

    The director of a Las Vegas chilren’s facility was charged with disorderly conduct, after which she pleaded no contest and received probation and a fine.

    Alizza Gonzalez, 37, the director of Bright Beginnings Child Development Center, pled no contest earlier this spring to charges of disorderly conduct and public affray, stemming from a fistfight with a Memorial Middle School faculty member at the school last November. Gonzalez pled no contest to the charges in April and was placed on probation and assessed a $126 fine by a San Miguel Magistrate Court judge.

  • Bridging the gap - A Pecos High graduate hopes to help ease burdens for the deaf in the medical field

    Nicolette Gonzales grew up with her deaf parents having a difficult time during their doctors’ appointments. Now, she has set her sights on medical school and an advocate for policy change to help patients with disabilities.

    The 2014 Pecos High School graduate is part of the University of New Mexico’s Combined BA/MD program.

  • Trump withdraws U.S. from climate pact

    By Jill Colvin
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s supporters on Friday cast his decision to abandon the world’s climate change pact as a “refreshing” stance for the U.S. that would save jobs and unburden industry.

  • Krebs retires; Balderas says consequences are still possible

    The Associated Press
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says he’s pleased that University of New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs is stepping down but that his office’s look at athletic department spending will continue.

    Balderas says in a statement reacting to Krebs’ announcement Friday of his intention to retire June 30 that public officials who leave office “can still face legal consequences for actions they took while in office.”

  • Fake sign sparks buzz

    The Associated Press

    LAS CRUCES  — A construction site in southern New Mexico, which sparked buzz with a fake sign announcing it as a future home of a Cheesecake Factory, is really a future emergency center.

    The Las Cruces Sun-News reports officials say pranksters put up the bogus sign in Las Cruces, New Mexico, on a gate as joke.

  • Weather - June 4, 2017

    Sunday

    HIGH 80° / LOW 50°
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 80. North wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon.

    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:46 a.m. to 8:13 p.m.

    Monday

    HIGH 83° / LOW 50°
    A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 83.
    Monday night — a 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 52.

  • Senior Lunch Menu — June 4, 2017

    The breakfast and lunch menu for the Las Vegas/Pecos Senior Centers, with 2 percent milk served with all meals. Menu for June 5 to June 9.

    MONDAY
    Breakfast: Egg and cheese burrito
    Lunch: Salisbury steak, au gratin potatoes, buttered peas, biscuit  
    and fruit cobbler

    TUESDAY
    Breakfast: Peanut butter and jelly on toast, and cereal
    Lunch: Green chile chicken enchiladas, pinto beans, calabacitas, crackers and fruit cocktail

    WEDNESDAY
    Breakfast: Scrambled egg, sausage, and toast

  • Gallegos named NMHU Professor of the Year

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University named computer science and engineering professor Gil Gallegos Professor of the Year for 2016–17.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    A coalition of Highlands students and also faculty nominated Gallegos for the award.

  • Noticias - June 4, 2017

    Submit your calendar items and notices to…
    mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
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    • First Born program provides services to families in San Miguel and Mora counties. It is a free and confidential home visiting program. To learn more about the program, or to schedule an informational visit, call 454-1343.

    • Fourth Judicial District Court Appointed Special Advocates needs volunteers. The local CASA program is taking applications for volunteers. Call 454-0223 or visit the office.

  • Que Pasa - June 4, 2017

    6.9.2017
    FRIDAY

    All day
    Vegas Scholarship Organization is sponsoring the Firecracker Pageant on Saturday, June 24. The competition is open to boys six months to five years and girls six months to 12 years. The contestants will compete in personality in patriotic wear, beauty in formal wear, and photogenic. Entry forms may be picked up at the Carnegie Library or the Abe Montoya Recreation Center. Entry deadline is Friday, June 9. For more information contact Philip Ortiz at 718-6848.