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  • Ward 1 runoff set for Tuesday

    CORRECTION - April 16 - A story in Monday’s Optic about the Ward 1 runoff election should have said that incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron has a Master’s in Business Administration.

    The last time they faced off, incumbent Tonita Gurule-Giron ended up with just nine more votes than challenger Oliver L’Esperance, sending both candidates to a runoff election.

    With such a razor-thin margin separating the two candidates vying for the Ward 1 city of Las Vegas Council seat, both have been pulling out all the stops.

  • Changes in handling of abuse cases urged

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The state agency responsible for protecting children needs more authority to intervene in cases of alleged neglect and abuse when there’s not enough evidence to go to court to remove a child from the home, a top official in Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration told lawmakers on Friday.

  • Looking Back - April 14, 2014

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  • Looking Ahead - News - April 14, 2014

    Highlands senior hosting workshop
    New Mexico Highlands University media arts and Spanish graduating senior Gabriela Hernández presents a workshop titled “Jotería: Undocumented” at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15 in the Student Union Building, Room 321. The workshop is free and open to the public.
     

  • Weather - April 14, 2014

    Monday
    A slight chance of snow showers before noon, then a slight chance of rain showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 43. Northeast wind 10-15 mph, becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 23. Southwest wind 10-15 mph.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 63. Southwest wind 10-20 mph. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 35.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 67. A 10 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 31.

  • Track in spotlight
  • Incumbent put in spotlight

    Less than a week before Tuesday’s runoff election for the Ward 1 Council seat, Mayor Alfonso Ortiz and his administration are drawing attention to the incumbent’s support of a controversial community rights ordinance they maintain is unconstitutional and in violation of the city charter.

  • Ribbon-cutting set for Meadows - Gov, dignitaries due in Vegas

    Phase two of the Meadows Home Skilled Nursing Facility is nearly complete. On Monday, Gov Susana Martinez along with other dignitaries including New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute Executive Director/Hospital Administrator Dr. Troy Jones, will participate in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the next phase of the facility. The ceremony takes place at 2 p.m. at the facility off Hot Springs Boulevard. The construction started in 2012.

  • T-4 Ranch wants out of county

    CORRECTION - April 16 - An article that appeared in Friday’s Optic about the T-4 Ranch wanting to be annexed into Quay County should have stated that while the Bidegain family has had oil and gas leases in the past, it no longer does, according to Phil Bidegain.

    One of the county’s largest land owners is asking the San Miguel County Commission to allow it to leave San Miguel County so that it can be annexed into neighboring Quay County.

  • Commission nixes two-year extension

    A divided San Miguel County Commission rejected its Planning & Zoning Commission’s recommendation for a two-year extension to the moratorium on oil and gas extraction in the county.

    Instead, Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger and Commissioners Ron Ortega and Marcellino Ortiz joined to approve a motion instructing staff to move forward on a six-month extension to the moratorium. A six-month extension would take the county’s temporary ban on oil and gas drilling until Jan. 11, 2015.