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Local News

  • 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.

    MICHAEL HENDRICKS, Republican

  • Decision 2018: N.M. Land Commissioner candidates

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Libertarian Candidate Michael G. Lucero and Republican candidate Patrick Lyons and their representatives did not respond to the Optic questionnaire.

    STEPHANIE GARCIA RICHARD, Democrat

  • HU revitalizes its campus with public art

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands is revitalizing its main campus through public artwork, thanks to the state’s Art in Public Places Program.

    Ten artworks, ranging from soaring outdoor sculptures to stoneware pottery and a series of bird paintings, are being installed throughout the university.

  • Las Vegas Foundation taking shape

    Approximately 40 community leaders gathered at the Plaza Hotel ballroom in late spring to celebrate the formation of the Las Vegas, New Mexico Community Foundation.

    A reception was hosted by the Foundation as an announcement that the group had attained non-profit legal status and is intent on charitable support for community organizations. Board members Bob Mishler and Donna Rivas explained the purpose of the Foundation to help “Las Vegas thrive” by raising funds through donations, grant writing and other activities.

  • Las Vegas Foundation taking shape

    Approximately 40 community leaders gathered at the Plaza Hotel ballroom in late spring to celebrate the formation of the Las Vegas, New Mexico Community Foundation.

    A reception was hosted by the Foundation as an announcement that the group had attained non-profit legal status and is intent on charitable support for community organizations. Board members Bob Mishler and Donna Rivas explained the purpose of the Foundation to help “Las Vegas thrive” by raising funds through donations, grant writing and other activities.

  • City discusses shelter concerns

    The early arrival of winter-type weather appears to speed up a conversation about the safety of indigent residents and the future of a shelter facility.

  • Spirit award goes to pair of area women

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

  • College Night coming up for Luna

    Luna Community College is presenting a college night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the John A. Wilson Complex on the Highlands University campus in Las Vegas.

    The event is open to high school juniors, seniors, parents and anyone interested in obtaining college information.

    Faculty and staff from both institutions will be available to discuss admissions, financial aid, registration, certificate and degree programs, scholarships and transferring of courses.

  • Woman arrested on battery, property damage charges

    A Las Vegas woman who has faced criminal charges many times in various New Mexico counties has had a mental competency evaluation ordered after two new recent arrests.