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  • City passes zoning change after long debate

    After more than an hour of discussion during Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting, the Las Vegas City Council voted 3-2 to approve a hotly contested zoning ordinance change.

  • Senate in the sun

    Luna Community College’s Student Senate met recently. 

    The Senate includes students Jake Taylor, vice-president (computer science and pre-engineering major from Denver, Colo.); Alexander Ashe, secretary-treasurer (early childhood major from Albuquerque).

  • Hundreds went without water along north, east edges of Vegas

    Hundreds of Las Vegas-area residents, if not more, were without water Saturday, Sunday and part of Monday as the City of Las Vegas worked to resolve an issue with its water treatment plant.

    Las Vegas Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry said late Saturday evening that an issue at the treatment plant has affected the ability to move enough water for the entire service area. She didn't describe the issue in detail, but said the system was simply not pumping enough water.

    Gilvarry said city personnel arrived at the plant since about 2 a.m. Saturday.

  • Mora interim superintendent arrested in 2010 incident

    The most recent educator to work for Mora Schools is new to the area, but also appears to have been involved in a high-profile incident years ago that got her fired.

  • Vegas natives hosted fourth ABQ Corks & Brews benefit

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Nicole Abreu and David Stroud, both Las Vegas natives, partnered again and recently hosted the fourth annual popular and successful ABQ Corks & Brews charity fundraiser event.

  • Barking and art-ing

    Photo by Theresa Wesner, for the Optic

    Tammy Fiebelkorn and her dog, Cinderella, were among those in attendance at the Nov. 4 ArtBark art auction fundraiser for the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico.

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

  • NMHU students conduct new Czech volcanic research

    Highlands University’s three-year $250,000 National Science Foundation Grant, titled From the Roots to the Roof: the Anatomy of Volcanoes, funded three geology students to conduct research in the summer of 2018.

    The grant also funded two media arts and technology students to make a documentary of the research process.

  • NMHU students conduct new Czech volcanic research

    Highlands University’s three-year $250,000 National Science Foundation Grant, titled From the Roots to the Roof: the Anatomy of Volcanoes, funded three geology students to conduct research in the summer of 2018.

    The grant also funded two media arts and technology students to make a documentary of the research process.

  • Kneeling during anthem: Disrespectful, or form of patriotism?

    There is an issue attracting a great deal of attention these days: peaceful demonstrations of free speech before, during, or after athletic competitions.

  • Senior Center parking project to be re-bid

    A project that came in well over budget will have to go out to bid again from the City of Las Vegas.  

    Paving of the Las Vegas Senior Center parking lot went out for bid, but only one approved company — a firm not from this area — submitted a bid of $125,000 for the projct, Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallegos said during Wednesday's City Council work session.

    However, engineers had only estimated the project would cost about $93,000, so the project will be sent out for bid again.