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  • WLV grad one of only 28 in N.M. to secure scholarship

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    ALBUQUERQUE — Comcast  NBC/Universal today announced that it has awarded $37,000 in scholarships for the 2018-19 school year to 28 New Mexico students as part of its annual Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program.

    The program, funded by the Comcast Foundation, recognizes the best and brightest high school seniors for their community service, academic performance and leadership skills.

  • Smiling standout

    Robertson High School’s Nico Fulgenzi, who helped earn a runner-up doubles trophy at last month’s Class 1A/4A state championships in Albuquerque.

    He held up a trophy while representing the boys tennis team at the May 17 Las Vegas City Schools board meeting; other players were absent.

  • Rubber-duck race at NMHU swimming pool Friday

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Rubber ducks will be swimming the waters of the Highlands University swimming pool Friday, June 15, to raise money for student success.

    Meet at 11 a.m. at the university’s swimming pool in its natatorium at 908 Baca Ave. to cheer for your little ducky in the race.

    “The duck race is a fun way to show off our facilities, stay cool in the summer, and raise money for student scholarships and important university programs,” said Juli Salman, Alumni Office director.

  • Statewide and local primary vote totals, 2018

    Here are some select statewide and local contested results from the June 5, 2018 New Mexico primary election, based on unofficial results:

    DEMOCRATIC PARTY

    GOVERNOR

    Jeff Apodaca, 38,764 votes, 22%.
    Joe Cervantes, 20,088, 12%
    Michelle Lujan Grisham, 116,287, 66%

    LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

    Billy G. Garrett, 33,779, 21%
    Rick S. Miera, 51,051, 32%
    Howie C. Morales, 75,576, 47%

    STATE AUDITOR

    Bill McCamley, 60,226, 37%
    Brian S. Colón, 100,619, 63%

  • Surprises, predicted outcomes both part of primary results

    Primary elections are criticized in concept for the small percentage of the total voting-age population captured in voter turnout. However, voter turnout was high for Tuesday’s New Mexico primary, and some new faces from the northern part of the state —  especially San Miguel and Mora counties —will be sworn in during the year ahead.

  • Closure order lifted in Ute Park fire area

    The Associated Press

    UTE PARK  — Forest officials have lifted a closure order put in place as the result of a wildfire that has charred more than 57 square miles, or at least 36,000 acres, in Colfax County.

    The Valle Vidal area is now open as authorities say the Ute Park Fire is no longer a threat. The fire, burning south of the Valle Vidal area, is 66 percent contained.

  • Chamber Corner: ECC Solar

    NOTE: This is the second item in a series on members of the Las Vegas / San Miguel Chamber of Commerce businesses.

    One San Miguel County business is about to open a new location and expand a business — in a growing industry many are hoping will continue to expand.

  • House fire

    Fire crews received a call on Monday morning at around 6:50 p.m. for a backyard on fire, on Jackson Avenue, according to Las Vegas Fire Chief Billy Montoya.

    When they arrived on scene, it ended up being a working structure fire. Everyone in the home got out safely, and no injuries occurred among occupants or first responders.

    Fire damage extended from an attached porch area to the rear of the dwelling and attic space.

  • LVCCHP garners prestigious award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Las Vegas Citizens’ Committee for Historic Preservation has been designated as the winner of the New Mexico Architectural Foundation’s annual award going to groups or individuals devoted to increasing public awareness or furthering public education in architecture in New Mexico.

  • Prospect of Native congresswoman galvanizes American Indians

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico, a state with deep historical ties to American Indians whose images and symbols are rooted in everything from the state flag to town names, has moved closer to electing the first Native American woman to the U.S. House of Representatives.