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  • City of Las Vegas finalist for two awards

    The City of Las Vegas was recently named a finalist for a pair of prominent statewide awards.

    In the fall, the City of Las Vegas was announced as one of the five finalists for a pair of New Mexico Hospitality Association 2018 Top Hat Awards: Outstanding event, for the 2018 Fiestas de Las Vegas, and Best Digital Campaign for Las Vegas tourism.

  • Water outages continue, this time on west side

    The latest in two-plus months of ongoing area water line or water-main breaks occurred Friday on the west side of Las Vegas.

    A water main break along South Pacific Street, between Tecolote Street and Independence Avenue. A crew tended to the break Friday, digging up the street surface along South Pacific, and was seen working in that same area again late Sunday afternoon.

  • Mora Schools clarifies graduation date

    Mora Schools recently moved its high school graduation date to avoid a conflict with the New Mexico Activities Association's state baseball tournament in May.

    A recent change, approved by the Mora Schools Board of Education, moves graduation to the morning of Sunday, May 19, 2 p.m.

  • Latest bill to legalize marijuana gains momentum in legislature

    Recreational marijuana would become legal for people 21 or older in New Mexico and the state could tax marijuana sold in licensed stores under a bill introduced Thursday by state Rep. Javier Martínez, D-Albuquerque.

    House Bill 356 would establish a licensing system that supporters say favors small businesses and institute a 9 percent tax on marijuana for buyers who are not patients in the state’s Medical Cannabis Program.

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, Jan. 27, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 16 and Jan. 23, 2019: 

    Joseph J. Ortega, Bench Warrant Failure to Appear /Failure to pay.

    Jose A. Garcia, Jr., Bench Warrant Fta/Ftp.

    Kristine M. Encinias, Confinement Order

  • Firearms debates revived

    Legislators are pressing ahead with a slate of gun control bills that would require background checks for virtually all firearm sales and add to the categories of offenders who would be prohibited from possessing a gun at all.

    Proponents argue these bills will close loopholes and help keep guns out of the hands of those who have committed violent crimes or are in crisis. But critics argue the laws will prove unenforceable, ineffective and will undermine the right to bear arms.

  • Roundup: Victim / LEO protection in bill

    Days left in the session, as of Sunday: 47

    Withholding names: Senators voted 41-0 Thursday for a bill that would create another exception in the state Inspection of Public Records Act, this one to conceal the identity of certain crime victims.

  • The way forward: Advocates for children weigh in on govt. solutions

    Lawmakers introduce hundreds of bills each session that propose to fund programs for children and families. They aim to improve the education system, prevent and punish child abuse, alter the tax code and extend medical benefits to impoverished families.

    New Mexico is now officially ranked as the worst state in the country to be a child, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Some see opportunity in being 50th. Like an addict who has reached rock bottom, there is no place to go but up.

  • University Ave. interchange, other streets to close for filming next week

    Due to extensive filming in the area, some streets and one interstate bridge will be closed on Thursday, Jan. 31.

    The overpass that carries University Avenue across I-25, as it becomes Highway 104, as well as Grand Avenue, will be closed Thursday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Dems launch competing minimum wage bills

    How high will the statewide minimum wage go?

    Or will it go at all?

    For many business owners, that is a key looming question during the 60-day legislative session.