http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Wagon Mound to host meeting about wells http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/wagon-mound-host-meeting-about-wells <p> By Jason W. Brooks<br /> Las Vegas Optic, Editor</p> <p> A group of Wagon Mound-area residents have pooled some of the resources in an attempt to block a proposed irrigation plan for farming.</p> <p> Tracy Seidman, whose family owns land southeast of Wagon Mound, is helping lead a group of ranchers and others in the area in opposition to a plan that includes drilling two new wells on property located near I-25 by Robert Quintana.</p> Contando historias - An area musician started playing in public more than 40 years ago http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/contando-historias-area-musician-started-playing-public-more-40-years-ago <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5.28_floriancastillo.jpg" alt="Florian Castillo has been a fixture of the Las Vegas music scene since 1975. He’s recorded 22 albums and 28 original songs during his career. " title="Florian Castillo has been a fixture of the Las Vegas music scene since 1975. He’s recorded 22 albums and 28 original songs during his career. " align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> Old habits die hard.</p> <p> When you&rsquo;ve been pleasing people with your music for more than four decades, there&rsquo;s little reason to stop &mdash; or even slow down.</p> <p> Florian Castillo, who&rsquo;ll turn 64 in August, has been a fixture of the Las Vegas music scene since 1975, when he first began performing in public.</p> <p> The Tecolotito native and lifelong area resident actually got his start while a teenager growing up among relatives like his grandfather Demetrio and others who were musicians.</p> Lawmakers urge governor to reinstate funding http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/lawmakers-urge-governor-reinstate-funding <p> By Morgan Lee<br /> The Associated Press</p> <p> SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) &mdash; New Mexico lawmakers sent a long list of budget-balancing measures &mdash; including new taxes on internet sales and gasoline &mdash; to Republican Gov. Susana Martinez on Thursday, seeking an agreement that would restore vetoed funding to all state universities and the Legislature itself.</p> <p> The Legislature recessed for the long weekend, giving Martinez until Tuesday to pick and choose among remedies and reinstate $765 million in spending cuts.</p> Baca sentenced to 7 years in sex case http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/baca-sentenced-7-years-sex-case <p> Benjamin Baca, the 76-year-old Las Vegas man who pleaded guilty to three counts of criminal sexual penetration against mentally ill women, has been sentenced to seven years in prison.<br /> <br /> The sentence is the maximum allowable under terms of a plea agreement reached in February. District Judge Matt Sandoval, in ordering the sentence on Friday, called the case &quot;disturbing.&quot;<br /> <br /> Electrical fire http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/electrical-fire <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5.28_travelers_cafe_fire_1.jpg" alt="An apparent electrical caused moderate damage in a Monday-night fire at the Traveler’s Café on the east side of the plaza in Las Vegas. Damage seems to be mostly smoke-related, and there were no injuries reported. The café hopes to re-open early next week. " title="An apparent electrical caused moderate damage in a Monday-night fire at the Traveler’s Café on the east side of the plaza in Las Vegas. Damage seems to be mostly smoke-related, and there were no injuries reported. The café hopes to re-open early next week. " align="left" hspace="6" /> In Brief - News - May 28, 2017 http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/brief-news-may-28-2017 <p> The Associated Press<br /> <strong>Gianforte wins by six points</strong><br /> BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) &mdash; A Montana Republican businessman won the state&rsquo;s U.S. House seat after being charged with assaulting a reporter on the eve of the election, a victory that may temper Democrats&rsquo; hopes for a massive anti-Trump wave next year.</p> <p> Greg Gianforte apologized late Thursday for attacking a reporter who had asked about the GOP health care bill.</p> Hospital: reception for UNM students http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/hospital-reception-unm-students <p> Alta Vista Regional Hospital of Las Vegas will host a welcome reception June 8 for its four University of New Mexico BA/MD summer students and its one PIE (Practical Immersion Experience) student.</p> <p> The reception is from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the hospital cafeteria. Refreshments will be provided.</p> <p> RSVP to Theresa Vigil at 505-426-3930 or Theresa_Vigil@QuorumHealth.com.</p> <p> Alta Vista thanks its community healthcare and education partners that make the program possible.</p> Palabras Pinturescas: Foundation hoping to restore St. Vrain Mill http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/palabras-pinturescas-foundation-hoping-restore-st-vrain-mill <img src="http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/5.29_stvrainmillfile.jpg" alt="The St. Vrain Mill, located in Mora, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A foundation is raising funds to restore the facility. " title="The St. Vrain Mill, located in Mora, is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A foundation is raising funds to restore the facility. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Surprise! It is cold and snowy as I write this. Yes, it is past the middle of May and those of us who live in the mountains know we can still have a freeze. My geraniums will obviously have to wait another week before they can move out on my deck. So much for spring weather here.</p> <p> Friends and I enjoy a hop, skip and a jump, often on the spur of the moment, to visit my county seat, Mora, and have a chile fix lunch at one of the restaurants there. We often drive out past the alpaca ranch, just to enjoy the scenery.</p>