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  • Watrous Day

    Lawrence Garcia passes wrapped beef to Nick Lucero, president of Watrous Day, out of the cooking pit during Saturday’s festivities. More annual events planned as summer winds down, including this Saturday’s Peoples Faire and Wagon Mound Bean Day and the Cleveland Millfest on Labor Day weekend.

  • School already?

    Students from Los Niños and Sierra Vista elementary schools enjoyed their first day of the new school year Monday.

  • City Schools: Memorial MS gets ‘F’ grade

    Just in time for students to return to class, Las Vegas-area school districts and the rest of the state received report cards from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

    Using the PED’s A-F letter grade system — determined by measuring categories such as graduation rates, attendance and performance on standardized tests like PARCC — Las Vegas City Schools saw a gain at Sierra Vista Elementary, rising from a D to a B, but the middle school fell from a D to an F.

  • Las Vegas native earns administrator of the year award

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Jim Abreu, a former School of Education dean at New Mexico Highlands, received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.

    Abreu’s career as an educator spans 43 years, with 26 of those years spent on the Highlands faculty. For the last eight years, he has served as the executive director for the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Aug. 19, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 20182018:

  • Full service

    Drive down almost any street in Las Vegas and it’s easy to see remnants of the past. Stop for gas at either of the town’s two full-service gas stations and you can experience a small piece of that past.

    Once ubiquitous, full-service gas stations are rarely seen today, and most drivers expect to do the work of pumping gas themselves. But in Las Vegas, there’s no need to do the work yourself thanks to Gabriel’s Independent Station at 905 North Grand Ave., and RJ’s One Stop on South Grand.

  • Students create online exhibits of Donnelly Library archives

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    History of the Las Vegas community and Highlands University come to life, thanks to a digital online special collections exhibits project the university’s media arts and technology students created for Donnelly Library.

  • City Schools brings in new tech apps, tools

    Students and teachers at Las Vegas City Schools campuses will encounter several new technology elements as they start a new school year.

    At Thursday’s regular board meeting, City Schools’ Director of Technology John Tiernan updated board members on the rollout of a new smartphone app called STOPit that allows students to anonymously report things like inappropriate student-teacher relationships, bullying, threats, and abuse of drugs or alcohol.

  • Sidransky-Montaño convicted by jury of forgery

    A woman whose public-education license was scrutinized as a result of investigations stemming from former superintendent Charles Trujillo's arrest was convicted of forgery this week in a one-day jury trial.

    Vanessa Sidransky-Montaño, 41, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of forgery — a forgery — a fourth degree felony — late Tuesday afternoon after a daylong trial at the Fourth District Court trial. The jury only deliberated 35 minutes.

  • Affeldt acquires historic establishment in Lamy

    Historic Plaza Hotel and Hotel Castañeda restoration entrepreneur Allan Affeldt has added a Lamy restaurant and bar to the growing list of properties he is renovating and restoring.

    Affeldt acquired the historic Legal Tender restaurant and saloon building in Lamy from the Lamy Railroad & History Museum.

    The acquisition was completed July 13 and closed with no cash changing hands. Instead, the Lamy museum board transferred the Legal Tender to a nonprofit Affeldt created in Winslow, Ariz., where he owns the La Posada Hotel.