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  • Fiestas parade and events honor local legend

    This year’s Fiestas De Las Vegas parade featured politicians running for U.S. Congress, royalty from Las Vegas and nearby cities and many others marching for causes near and dear to them.

    But the focal point of the 2019 parade and events that followed shortly after on Saturday was the late Cipriano Aguilar, Jr., a Fiestas legend in his own right who passed in December.

  • Fourth of July Fiestas

    First photo: The fireworks show impressed everyone in attendance, and lit up the Las Vegas night sky.

    Second photo: Bennett’s Carnival was set up in the West Las Vegas High School parking lot all day, providing fun for kids of all ages.

  • Railroad Renaissance

    By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic

    The first locomotive arrived in Las Vegas 140 years ago this month. Regular passenger and freight service over the next 20 years helped Las Vegas grow into one of the largest cities in the Southwest. Eventual expansion of the railroad resulted in other Southwest towns becoming much larger than Vegas, but even today, the railroad remains an important part of Vegas’ heritage, inexorably linking the town to the lore of the Wild West.

  • Udall visits Vegas as part of Veteran’s History Project

    State Sen. Tom Udall visited Las Vegas earlier this week as part of his ongoing effort to assist in the nationwide Veteran’s History Project, which has become one of his passion projects since he took office.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, July 7, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 26 and July 3:
    Bernabe Mares, Hold For Other Agency.

  • Walmart plans to cease gun sales at New Mexico stores

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE— Walmarts in New Mexico plan to stop selling guns later this month after a new state law expanded background checks to nearly all gun purchases.

    The law that took effect this week requires background checks on private sales between neighbors or friends. It also allows federally licensed gun sellers to offer to conduct checks for these sales.

    Walmart spokeswoman Tiffany Wilson says the stores are not equipped to conduct checks for private sales.

  • School of Education awarded more than $500K in scholarship funds

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The New Mexico Highlands University School of Education is offering $525,970 in teacher education scholarships, thanks to awards from two New Mexico Higher Education Department programs.

    In its 2019 session, the New Mexico State Legislature approved $10 million for the Teacher Preparation Affordability Scholarship Act, with Highlands receiving $479,853. Also in 2019, the legislature approved $510,000 for the new Grow Your Own Teacher Act, with Highlands receiving $46,117.

  • Las Vegas hosts statewide meeting of NM Federation of Democratic Women

    Las Vegas Optic reports 

    More than 100 people attended the first statewide meeting of the New Mexico Federation of Democratic Women, held in Las Vegas, hosted by the San Miguel County chapter. A Friday evening reception featured the local Countrafact jazz group, Senatorial candidates Ben Ray Lujan and Maggie Toulouse Oliver are among many elected officials and candidates for 2020.

  • Woman awaiting trial for assault arrested for setting fire

    By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic

    A Las Vegas woman awaiting trial for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was arrested again last month after police say she set fire to the inside of a home.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, just before 8 a.m. on June 16, Las Vegas Police responded to a disturbance at a home near Church Street and Mora Street, on the city’s west side. When an officer arrived, he heard glass breaking and a man yelling “stop!”

  • Agriculture secretary talks about state, local industry

    By Lisa Dunlap, Roswell Daily Record

    ROSWELL — Opportunities for the $3 billion agricultural industry include increased mechanization and value-added efforts, Jeff Witte, New Mexico Secretary of Agriculture, told a group of Roswell government and business leaders June 26.

    A New Mexico native raised on a ranch, Witte gave the keynote speech at the annual meeting of the Roswell-Chaves County Economic Development Corp. held at the Eastern New Mexico State Fairgrounds.