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  • Registration under way for summer Spanish Immersion Institute

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Registration is under way for the New Mexico Highlands Summer Spanish Immersion Institute that prepares teachers to take the New Mexico bilingual certification La Prueba exam.

    The university’s School of Education is presenting the institute May 29 through June 5 on its main campus in Las Vegas.

  • WLVS deals with reduced funding

    The budget kept the West Las Vegas School Board busy during a special meeting held on Wednesday afternoon.

    The district received a state equalization guarantee of $13 million from the legislature, and the board discussed how the money would be used during the 2018-19 school year.

    “We actually decreased in the amount that we’re getting, from one year to the next by $75,000,” Business Manager Dinah Maynes said.

  • Spring exhibit for NMHU Media Arts set for Wednesday

    Highlands University media arts and technology students will showcase their work in the department’s Spring Exhibit on Wednesday, May 9 at 5:30 p.m. with film screenings beginning at 6:30 p.m.

    The exhibit is open to the public and is in the university’s McCaffrey Historic Trolley Building, at 1183 San Francisco Ave.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 4, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Friday, May 4, 2018.

  • Police: Man struck woman with ‘rusty machete’

    A man was recently arrested by Las Vegas Police and charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon after police say he struck a woman with a “rusty machete” over a brokered drug deal that initially only involved $30.

  • City to hold Friday night organizational meeting

    The City of Las Vegas will hold its post-election organizational meeting Friday at 6 p.m.

    On the agenda are the appointment of a permanent city manager, a city clerk, a city attorney and a police chief. The agenda was published on the city's website, lasvegasnm.gov, this week.

  • Twelve hundred seats

    When construction began on the Luna Community College, Brian Urlacher was still a fixture of the Chicago Bears defense and much of the world had never heard of Barack Obama.

    The LCC spring graduating class of 2018 will be making history on Saturday, May 12 when it becomes the first to graduate at the new Media Arts Auditorium.

    Construction of the auditorium, which was the second phase of the building, began in January of this year. It includes 750 fixed seats and 450 removable seats.

  • National Day of Prayer

    Some Las Vegas residents will be joining Americans across the nation to pray during the National Day of Prayer on Thursday, May 3.

    Scheduled at Plaza Park from 11:30 a.m. when people will gather, to pray from noon to 1 p.m., the annual event — open to the public — will feature local clergy leading prayers for various entities and needs.

    Fabiola Sanchez, event coordinator, said prayers will be offered for America, New Mexico, Las Vegas, government and leaders, the military and first responders, the schools and families, and other needs.

  • Equipment in pond not stuck, city says

    By Jason W. BrooksLas, Vegas Optic Editor

    Several readers pointed out to the Optic within the past week that a large piece of earth-moving equipment appears near submerged in mud and water in the skating pod located along Highway 65 near Montezuma.

    No reason to fear potential damage to the equipment, says City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer.

    While it appears it would be tough to remove the equipment, known as an escalator, under present conditions, that’s not the plan, Einer said.

  • Adams resigns from Luna Board

    Luna Community College Trustees have publicly acknowledged that they and some of their policies and actions have contributed to problems that helped put the school’s accreditation in jeopardy.