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  • A Las Vegas staple

    Walk through the doors of Popular Dry Goods and you’re instantly transported back in time. That’s what customers tell Brenda Manning, one of the managers of the longstanding western wear store on Bridge Street.

    “You walk in, you smell the leather, and you just step back in time,” she said. “Like with most of these old buildings, that’s what everyone feels.”

  • Homeless shelter a dominant topic at meeting

    Residents who live in the areas near Legion Park Elementary School and Memorial Middle School crowded into the Las Vegas City School’s boardroom Thursday night.

    The Board of Education took public comment on a proposal by the City of Las Vegas to utilize unused school buildings as a temporary homeless shelter, should the nonprofit homeless shelter Samaritan House need to vacate its current location at 1000 Mills Ave.

  • NMHU alum is a decorated teacher

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of honoree profiles that coincides with Highlands University’s 2018 Homecoming this week. Look for profiles of more NMHU award winners to be profiled in upcoming editions of the Optic.

    Stephanie Gurule-Leyba has taught medical sciences for 22 years at Capital High School in Santa Fe and received the New Mexico Educator of the Year Award in 2017 from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, October 21, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 10 and Oct. 17, 2018:

  • LVCS board welcomes student representative

    Judge Gerald Baca welcomes Eliza M. Montoya to the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education shortly after her swearing in ceremony Thursday night. Montoya will serve as the student representative for the 2018-19 school year.

  • City Schools honors employees

    Eugene Garcia, Brock Aragon, Melissa Vigil and Karen Van Scoyk accepted their awards at Thursday’s Board of Education meeting. Leroy Conway, Mike Boyle and Esther Sandoval were also honored but were not present.

  • Decision 2018: Governor candidates

    MICHELLE LUJAN GRISHAM, Democratic Party Nominee

    1. You could be serving New Mexicans in any of a variety of capacities. Which factors led to your decision to run for governor in particular?
    Governors have the power to drive real change at the state level. I’ve served under three different governors from both parties, and know how the vision, leadership, and policies of these administrations have the power to shape our state’s future.

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Lieutenant Governor candidate

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Democrat Howie Morales and his representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.


  • Decision 2018: N.M. House District 40 candidates

    TWEETI BLANCETT, Independent

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Attorney General candidates

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Incumbent Attorney General Hector Balderas and Libertarian Candidate A. Blair Dunn and their representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.