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Today's News

  • Serenading lawmakers

    Angelica Montoya of Las Vegas, N.M., a Highlands University freshman, sings during a performance by the Vaqueros de Highlands University mariachi group in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.

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  • MainStreet projects funded

    MainStreet de Las Vegas, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas, was recently awarded $150,000 in New Mexico Main Street capital outlay public infrastructure funding to begin construction on the Railroad District’s Great Blocks Project.

    MSLV was awarded $24,000 in City of Las Vegas funding to begin a major wayfinding project for Las Vegas.

  • School ratings sytem overhaul planned by state

    The New Mexico Public Education Department aims to scrap the state’s A-F grading system for public schools, which critics have said puts too much emphasis on student test scores.

    Under proposed changes to the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the agency says it will replace an accountability system that identifies schools as failing with one that classifies them by the amount of state and federal support they require.

  • Study: Las Vegas among state’s safest cities

    Though New Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous states in the country, residents of Las Vegas will be pleased to know their city is among the state’s safest, according to a recent study. 

    Second only to Los Alamos, Las Vegas had an average of around 7.5 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, slightly above the state average of 7.38, according to The National Council for Home Safety and Security. 

  • El Creston project makes water available to Ojitos Frios Ranches subdivision residents

    After nine years of planning and work, water is flowing to homes in the Ojitos Frios Ranches subdivision at last.

    El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association has made the dream a reality. Water is now flowing to the first seven of 14 possible customers in the first stage of development. 

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, Feb. 24, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb 13 and Feb 20, 2019:

    Jose N Romero, Transport Order For Court.

    Hope N Ortiz, False Report Of A Fire Or Explosion. 

    Dionisio E Chavez, Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon) - Attempt. 

  • Montezuma’s golden winter days

    Yes … winter is still here. That is obvious as I record our U.S. Weather Bureau thermometer readings for the start of February. Five degrees here last night … that is cold! However, there isn’t a cloud in the sky and the sun warms us up quickly, thankfully. 

  • Mora/Education

    Students from Union Street Elementary School Elementary were rewarded for working hard. In the first picture are October’s all-stars. Second picture: Layla Sanchez, Andres Lopez, Andres Sena, Brooklyn Ybarra and Ethan Gonzalez. November: right: Kaitlynn Garcia, Dakota Griego, Jyden James, Rianna Montoya and Larry Matta.

  • Highlands University: President Minner to speak at statewide conference

    New Mexico Highlands University President Sam Minner is one of the featured speakers at the Society for Human Resource Management of New Mexico’s annual conference in Albuquerque April 1–2. The conference aims to help prepare the state’s workforce for 2020. It will also focus upon what business leaders must know to meet workforce challenges.

  • Luna nursing students partner with local Samaritan House

    Luna nursing students not only get a top-notch education; beginning this semester they are learning to help out the poor and most vulnerable in society.