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  • Public’s feedback welcomed - ‘Douglas Square’ on display

    Submitted to the Optic

    A scale model of a proposed “Douglas Square” downtown project is on display at Charlie’s Spic and Span Bakery and Restaurant for one month.

    MainStreet de Las Vegas is applying for state funding for Phase 1 of Douglas Square. Comment cards are available for the community to share their opinion and comments to help shape the final plan for this important downtown space.

  • Firefighters respond to two blazes

    City fire crews and members of the Gallinas Volunteer Fire Department were busy responding to two separate fires late Monday and early Tuesday.

    The first blaze broke out in a vacant building on Commerce Street, beneath the overpass. Crews were dispatched to that scene a little after 7 p.m. Monday.

    Las Vegas Fire Chief Phillip Mares said the building had pretty much been gutted prior to the fire, although there was debris inside the structure that burned.

    Mares said that fire appears to have been started by homeless people trying to stay warn.

  • State ranks last in child well-being

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As the state Legislature begins its 30-day budget session, advocates are going to be pushing hard to improve the well-being of New Mexico’s children through a series of education initiatives and other efforts aimed at pulling families out of poverty.

    New Mexico Voices for Children is releasing its annual Kids Count in New Mexico report at the state Capitol on Tuesday in hopes of getting the attention of lawmakers.

  • Search for pot violated rights

    The Associated Press

    A court ruling says a police search that found 14 marijuana plants on a man’s property in a remote area of northern New Mexico violated his privacy rights.

    The state Court of Appeals’ ruling says that’s because authorities didn’t have a warrant to conduct an aerial flyover that prompted the search.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports that the ruling cites prior New Mexico court decisions and says privacy protections apply to targeted, warrantless police aerial surveillance.

  • Looking Back - Jan. 22, 2014

    In 1964
    Thursday, Jan. 23 — While on routine patrol about 1 a.m. yesterday City Patrolman Eddie Ludi noticed a bright orange light behind the Town House Motel. He investigated and found a shed and the rear part of the house on fire. He checked to see if the house was occupied and when he didn’t receive an answer to his knock on the door, he forced the door open. Inside the house Ludi found four occupants, who were asleep. They were awakened and left the house.

  • Looking Ahead - News - Jan. 22, 2014

    The Literacy Council of Northern New Mexico is asking for short story writings to be displayed at the Literacy Fair this Saturday. Everyone is invited to submit a short story of four letter size pages or less with a 10-point font. All adult, high school, middle school and elementary writers will be recognized. Submissions may be mailed to The Literacy Council, P.O. Box 481, Las Vegas, N.M., 87701. All entries must be received by today (Wednesday).

  • Weather - Jan. 22, 2014

    Wednesday
    Increasing clouds, with a high near 46. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southeast in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 12. Wind chill values as low as -3. East wind 10-15 mph.

    Thursday
    A 40 percent chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 23. East wind around 15 mph. A 20 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 6.

    Friday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 46. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 27.

  • Milestone for forestry program

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Natural Resources Management’s Forestry Program received official accreditation from the Society of American Foresters, making it the first university in the state to offer an accredited forestry degree.

    Highlands is also now the only Hispanic Serving Institution in the country to be SAF accredited. The Council on Higher Education recognizes SAF as the accrediting body for forestry programs.

  • New sheriff in town - Espinoza pledges to bring stability

    MORA – Amos Espinoza has his work cut out for him as the new Mora County Sheriff.

    On Friday, Mora County Magistrate John Sanchez administered the oath of office to Espinoza. Espinoza will fill out the remaining term of Thomas Garza, who resigned from the elected position in December as part of a plea agreement stemming from charges he was facing including tampering with public records and criminal solicitation, both fourth-degree felonies.

  • Economy, education major issues

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A plateful of problems, including a weak economy and struggling schools, await New Mexico’s lawmakers when they return to work for an election-year legislative session.

    The Legislature’s 30-day session convenes Tuesday against a potentially divisive political backdrop.