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  • City continues ‘Stage 0’ water restrictions

    The City of Las Vegas is continuing to impose “Stage Zero” water restrictions until further notice.

    Here are some of the provisions:

    • Even-numbered addresses can water outdoors on even numbered calendar days.

    • Odd-numbered addresses can water outdoors on odd numbered calendar days.

    • Irrigation is allowed only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    •  Sprinklers shall be shut off during rainy and windy events.

  • One week to Fiestas

    For the 130th time, Fiestas de Las Vegas is about to draw families, dancers, music lovers and visitors from around the region to the Las Vegas Plaza.
    Beginning with La Reina Procession and Mass at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 29, and ending with fireworks at Gene Torres Golf Course on July 4, Fiestas will stretch over parts of six days this year.

  • Heading to the beach on Dad's day

    Fathers Day weekend turned out to be a popular time to visit Storrie Lake State Park.

    Temperate weather, a slight breeze and a host of enjoyment-seeking residents made Storrie Lake a popular spot Sunday, Father’s Day, as a host of people took their campers, jet skis, tents, rubberized canoes, fishing rods and picnic lunches to enjoy themselves at the lake, three miles north of town.

    By noon, most of the preferred camping spots had been filled.

  • Professor from NMHU to be keynote speaker at European event

    A New Mexico Highlands history professor will deliver the keynote address at an international medieval history conference in Prague, Czech Republic, that focuses on literacy during the later Middle Ages.

    Steven Williams, an internationally known scholar of medieval intellectual history, will speak at Charles University’s Centre for Medieval Studies at the conference, “Books of Knowledge and Their Reception,” Oct. 18–20.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 22, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 22, 2018.

  • Council still has no appointments from mayor

    Toward the end of Wednesday's regular monthly Las Vegas City Council meeting, Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón responded to querries from Councilors about when some of the city's director vacancies might be filled.

    However, when the meeting ended, there was still no specific timetable established for when the mayor would bring to the Council her appointments for City Manager, City Attorney, Chief of Police and whether City Clerk Cassandra Fresquez will be offered a new contract.

  • Police: RHS wrestling coach struck another coach with car

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Robertson High School head wrestling coach was arrested on two charges Wednesday by New Mexico State Police, who say the coach struck another coach with his car in a May 11 incident. 

    The victim will not be identified by State Police.

  • Luna presidential search draws 80 applicants

    Even though Luna Community College is fighting for its accreditation life at the moment, interest in becoming the next permanent leader of the school is apparently high.

  • Centuries of traditions

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic
    Navajo dancers Deidra Le and Caroline Chapo, who demonstrated a traditional “corn dance,” were among the many presenters during Fort Union Days, held last weekend at Fort Union National Monument.

    This year’s events focused on the presence of non-Anglo people in the area, with programs focusing on the Navajo Diné and Jicarilla Apache cultures and the Buffalo Soldiers.

    More photos will be published in an upcoming edition of the Optic.

  • Media Arts interns make their mark at cultural institutions

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Fifteen New Mexico Highlands media arts and technology students will make their mark at cultural institutions throughout the state this summer using the latest multimedia technology.

    The paid internships are thanks to a collaborative funding model between the Newman’s Own Foundation, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and New Mexico cultural institutions.