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  • CYFD cabinet secretary makes stop in Las Vegas

    Monique Jacobson, cabinet secretary for the Children Youth and Families Department, plans to emphasize one fact as she visits staff around the state: CYFD serves the children.

    She stopped in Las Vegas Wednesday morning, and had scheduled appearances in Raton, Eagle Nest, Taos, and Española for Thursday.  
    Jacobson formerly worked in the state’s tourism department for four years. She became CYFD cabinet secretary in 2015. She spoke of her challenges.

  • Film industry officials hope next governor boosts business

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Officials in New Mexico’s film and television industry say a new governor may help boost business for film production in the state.

    Gubernatorial hopefuls seeking to succeed term-limited Gov. Susana Martinez say some potentially consequential tweaks to the state’s film and television tax incentive program could round out this increasingly prominent piece of the state economy, the Santa Fe New Mexican reports.

  • Luna student has eyes on more credentials

    Luna Community College

    Kimberley Padilla is on track to earn a certificate from Luna Community College soon. That would be the first of not one, not two, not three, but four certificates or degrees she wants to pursue.

    A native of Mora, Padilla is expected to graduate in fall 2018 with a certificate in Automotive Collision Repair Technology. She is also interested in earning a business management, culinary arts and cosmetology certificate.

  • New clinic staff tells Council about anti-opioid plans

    Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Council meeting brought out emotions in a number of ways. 

  • Balderas brings powerful message about opioids

    An April 7 event at Highlands University allowed an everyday citizen to tell his own personal horror story about drug addiction.

    New Mexico Attorney General and Wagon Mound native Hector Balderas and several state-level and local officials, government and nonprofit stakeholders and members of the community participated in a unique event held in Project OPEN, which stands for opioid prevention and education network, is holding events around the state geared to keep a dialogue going between law enforcement, DWI program personnel and sober members of the community.

  • Wind wreaks havoc on travel, buildings, vehicles

    Winds clocked as strong as 79 mph ripped apart materials and nature in San Miguel County on Tuesday, creating some of the greatest damage in New Mexico during a region-wide wind event.

    The Las Vegas Fire Department and utility services reported at least three power lines. One of the downed power lines was near the Highlands University Newman Chapel, which had a large portion of its roof ripped off by the wind.

  • Ulibarri retains seat; Romero wins father's seat on Council

    David Ulibarri hung on to his Ward 1 seat in Tuesday's runoff election, while David G. Romero will succeed his father in Ward 4, according to unofficial Las Vegas City Council results released at City Hall on Tuesday evening.

    Ulibarri beat challenger Oliver L'Esperance by only 28 votes, 245 to 217, in Tuesday's Ward 1 runoff. Romero edged Carla Benavidez by an even slimmer margin in Ward 4, winning unofficially by a 280 to 263 count.

  • Nuestra cultura

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The 24th annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage back to Ilfeld Auditorium — on a different day of the week and time from when it’s been held in past years.

    The fiesta, a collection of local cultural music, has typically been held on Friday or Saturday nights in March or April. This year’s event is set for Sunday at 2 p.m.

  • Will WLV Middle School project make Friday’s deadline?

    Even though the renovations on West Las Vegas Middle School were set to be completed this week, that date may change.

    During his report to the West Las Vegas School Board at its regular monthly meeting on April 12, Jerry Maestas, facilities manager told the Board that the contractors would be asking for additional days to finish the work 

  • S.F. Forest imposes Stage 1 restrictions

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to dry conditions and anticipated low moisture levels in weather forecasts, the Santa Fe National Forest began implementing forest-wide Stage I fire restrictions effective  the morning of April 13.

    Under Stage I restrictions, fires, campfires, charcoal grills, and coal and wood stoves are allowed only in developed campsites or picnic areas where agency-built fire rings or grills are provided for use.

    Campfires are prohibited at all dispersed camping sites.