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  • 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

    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.

  • Brain Drain: Graduates leaving N.M. behind

    Leaving New Mexico wasn’t a maybe — it was a have-to for Jesse Wood, a Farmington kid who graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2014. Like thousands of other grads, he was smart, talented and committed to his career path.

    It led him straight out of the state.

  • Graduates, alumni give Highlands high marks in surveys

    New Mexico Highlands’ 2018 graduates gave the university high marks for quality of instruction and value of their education relative to cost, in a recent survey, meeting and exceeding 95 percent satisfaction on these and other measures.
    The Student Satisfaction Survey is a state-mandated survey distributed to graduating students. The Highlands Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Research administered the state survey to Highlands students graduating in May 2018.

  • County Commission terminates EDC contract with Old Wood

    A complicated arrangement between a Las Vegas business and an economic development agency was changed somewhat by an action taken by the San Miguel County Commission at Tuesday's regular monthly meeting.