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  • 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. 

  • October 2018 Union Street Elementary All-Stars

    Students from Union Street Elementary School 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.

  • Prep Basketball: Rangers fall to Escalante on senior night

    The Mora Rangers (19–8 overall, 8–1 district 2A-5) lost their final home game of the season 64–50 to the Escalante Lobos (17–8, 8–1) 
    Thursday night.

  • Las Vegas City schools hires new superintendent

    After parting ways with Superintendent Kelt Cooper earlier this month, Las Vegas City Schools filled the vacancy at the Tuesday board meeting. 

    The board offered the position to Larryssa Archuleta, who had been acting superintendent since October. She accepted.