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  • A mighty matanza

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a traditional matanza pig roast meal for the community and campus Aug. 25 at the university’s Leveo and Patricia Sanchez Family Stadium  on the NMHU campus.

    Matanzas have been part of New Mexican culture and history since the first Spanish conquistadors arrived in the area in the 16th century.

  • City Schools approves security measures

    Security at Las Vegas City Schools sites was a key focus of Thursday night’s board meeting.

    The board approved a number of items aimed at improving security at all district’s schools, starting with doors. The board approved a purchase order that would replace or repair doors at all City schools at a cost of nearly $90,000.
    “It’s not every door that ought to be replaced,” Director of Operations Tom Meserve said. “Some are just door frames that will bring all doors up to good working order.”

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, July 22, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 11 and July 18, 2018:

    Tavis Blake Nordin, battery (household member).

    Fabian O. Valencia, bench warrant fta/ftp, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer (arrest).

    Jerome Encinias, confinement order.

    Joseph M. Gonzales, aggravated DWI, third offense.

    Andrea M. Cortez, aggravated DWI (0.16 or more), first offense.

    David Samora, driving a car without ignition interlock.

  • Report from Commission: LVPD handled May 5 incident well

    A report from an independent commission backs up the actions of Las Vegas Police in handling a May 5 incident on Eighth Street, near the Highlands University campus.

    The incident, which involved Highlands University football players, resulted in two arrests and injuries to police, including one injury severe enough to keep a sergeant off the job for weeks. 

  • WLV Middle School nearly ready to re-open its doors

    Renovations at West Las Vegas Middle School are wrapping up, just in time to welcome students for a new school year.

    Construction crews are currently working to make the final adjustments to bring the building into compliance with fire codes.

  • Man sentenced for sex abuse

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    District Attorney Richard D. Flores states that Louis I. Vigil, 46, has been convicted of multiple counts of sexually assaulting a child: three counts of criminal sexual penetration of a minor — a first-degree felony — and two counts of criminal sexual contact of a minor, which is a second-degree felony.

  • Local cast, crew to put on Missoula production Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    When Captain Hook sends his right-hand man Smee on a quest to capture Peter Pan, it’s seemingly business as usual — at first.

    Little does Hook realize what fantastic adventures await him and his pirate posse in their search for the elusive Peter Pan.

  • Stuart Gelzer’s Himalayan photography exhibit at 2 Ten Galeria

    A Highlands University media arts faculty member’s photography exhibition titled, Kumanoni: People of the Indian Himalayas, is in the 2 Ten Galeria on the Historic Las Vegas Plaza.

    Stuart Gelzer’s solo exhibition of portraits taken during five weeks in the mountains of India in spring 2018 continues through Aug. 8.

    Gelzer, who grew up in West Africa and India, said the theme of his photography exhibition is people in the context of their daily lives.

  • Council meeting comes to halt over agenda dispute

    There has been discussion during recent  Las Vegas City Council meetings about Councilors Barbara Perea-Casey and Vince Howell getting items onto regular agendas. 

    Wednesday, three Councilors decided they'd had enough. 

  • Accreditation intact, Luna addresses other goals

    One week removed from the Higher Learning Commission's announcement that its accreditation would remain in place, the Luna Community College Board of Trustees used Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting to touch on several unrelated topics.

    Vice President of Finance and Administration Donna Flores said the first phase of a large Luna audit has been completed.