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  • County, acequias, Strickling done present case to OSE

    All the hearing arguments are done; now it's time for the waiting game.

    San Miguel County  Dave Romero, along with attorneys for acequia associations and others in or affected by the Pecos River watershed, made a case over the past few months with the Office of the State Engineer in a protest of a proposed additional water use for a conservation project. 

  • Precious resources

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    A decision during Thursday’s West Las Vegas School Board meeting to explore buying a vacant property next to Tony Serna Jr. Elementary School prompted a discussion of the district’s property inventory.

    In other matters, the board discussed leasing its water rights to the City of Las Vegas due to current water laws that require owners to use their water rights or lose them.

  • Pearce pledges not to raise taxes

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — The Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increases if elected, even as the state struggles to shore up its credit rating and address public pension liabilities.

    Congressman and gubernatorial contender Steve Pearce confirmed this week his commitment to conservative activist Grover Norquist’s famous pledge against any net tax increases if elected governor.

  • In New Mexico, ‘praying for rain’ won’t be enough

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s supply of groundwater should be reserved for periods of drought, communities should have sharing agreements in place when supplies are short and alternatives such as desalination should be explored regardless of the cost.
    The recommendations are part of the state’s draft water plan released late Monday by New Mexico’s top water managers.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, July 15, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 4 and July 11, 2018:

  • PTK Beta Mu Nu Chapter had impressive school year

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Luna Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Beta Mu Nu Chapter earned several state, regional and international individual and chapter awards for the recently completed school year.
    The following is a list of the awards.

    2018 New Mexico Regional Chapter Awards:

    • Most Distinguished Chapter – Highest Combined Score between the HIA Project and College Project

    • Most Distinguished College Project Award – Project Title, “LCC Leadership Academy”

  • Man charged in Mora County stabbing

    By Ryan Lowery, Las Vegas Optic

    A Holman man was arrested following a recent stabbing that occurred in the 2100 block of State Road 518 in Cleveland.

    Jesus Maes, 21, was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, according to a criminal complaint filed in Mora Magistrate Court.

    On the evening of June 13, New Mexico State Police responded to a stabbing call along State Road 518. When police arrived around 9:30 p.m., they found a man with multiple injuries to his chest consistent with stab wounds.

  • ‘Ringing’ in a dynasty?

    The West Las Vegas High School coed cheer squad won its second consecutive Class 1A-4A state title in March and its third in the past four years.

    The squad was presented with its championship rings  this week.

    Cheer, dance, Little League and music programs are among the youth activity groups that use car washes as fundraisers in the summer months; some of those groups will be holding car washes in local communities in the weeks ahead.

  • No applicants to replace Judge Matt Sandoval

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The state judicial system’s first attempt to recruit potential replacements for retiring Fourth Judicial District Judge Matt Sandoval produced zero applicants.
     Sandoval is officially retiring Aug. 1, though he hasn’t heard any cases since he took a leave of absence due to health concerns in November of last year.

  • A rainbow in the (almost) dark

    This rainbow was seen looking southeast from Las Vegas early Wednesday evening.

    There is a chance of rain in each of the next 10 days, with a 50 percent chance Friday, as monsoon season is in full swing.