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  • Looking Ahead - News - Feb. 24, 2014

    Landlord meetings this week
    A series of orientation sessions for current landlords of San Miguel County’s Section 8 housing program is scheduled for this week. All sessions will take place at the Commission Chambers, Suite 200, in the County Courthouse. Two sessions, scheduled for Tuesday, take place from 10 to 11:30 and from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday’s sessions will run from 8 to 9:30 a.m. and from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Sessions are also scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday. For information, call Lawrence Sandoval at (575) 312-2158.

  • Weather - Feb. 24, 2014

    Sunny, with a high near 64. West wind 10-15 mph, increasing to 15-20 mph in the afternoon. Mostly clear at night, with a low around 28. West wind 5-15 mph becoming north after midnight.

    Mostly sunny, with a high near 57. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming southwest in the afternoon. A 10 percent chance of snow at night. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 21.

    Partly sunny, with a high near 55. Partly cloudy at night, with a low around 29.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:37 a.m. to 5:52 p.m.

  • Mustard Seed grant proposals sought

    Submitted to the Optic
    The First United Presbyterian Church (USA) of Las Vegas announced its sixteenth offering of Mustard Seed Grants recently. The grant was created in 1999 as a community outreach program to help fund special projects of various groups.  The programs or projects submitted must be new, innovative, goal-directed ideas that are consistent with the church mission statement, and needing seed money or one-time funding.

  • BREAKING: East board severing ties with superintendent

    Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Sheryl McNellis-Martinez has been placed on paid administrative leave for the remainder of her contract, and in a near unanimous vote, the school board decided Thursday evening to continue with Lydia Flores as interim superintendent.

    Mcnellis-Martinez has been on leave from the district since mid-January.

    At the Thursday evening school board meeting, board President Gloria Lovato Pacheco announced that McNellis-Martinez had declined to pursue a contract with the district.

  • $10M allocated for city dam

    In the waning hours of the session, state lawmakers signed off on a capital outlay package that appropriates $10 million for the Bradner Dam project.

    It’s not the $16 million that the city and others in the community had been pushing hard for, but city officials were nevertheless grateful for the money.

    “We’re thankful for any state and or federal dollar that we can use to offset rate increases,” said city Utilities Director Ken Garcia.

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said he was elated with the funding.

  • Raising money for the hungry - Empty Bowls event is Saturday

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each year the Las Vegas Soup Kitchen and Samaritan House’s Casa de Samaritan Shelter provide thousands of meals to hungry families in the area. By serving hot meals and providing opportunities for social interaction and resource referral, these two agencies help people make ends meet and ensure that fewer people go hungry.

  • No surgeon on duty at Alta Vista

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has confirmed that it lost surgical and obstetric physician coverage in recent days, prompting it to put an alternate plan into place to deal with patients in need of those services.

    Hospital spokeswoman Linda M. Leyba said in an email Tuesday that obstetrics has resumed service. But that’s not the case for surgery.

  • City judge race taking center stage

    With no mayoral race on the ballot for the March 4 election, the typically quiet race for municipal judge is taking center stage.

    In past years, incumbent Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo has sailed into office, easily defeating his challengers. But this year the popular judge is facing stiff competition from Diane Moore, a former city councilor who has also enjoyed success at the polls. Also running in that race is Luna Community College employee Eric Cummings.

  • Boy, 12, found dead in New Mexico field

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    LOS LUNAS — A 12-year-old boy’s body was discovered in a vacant lot in central New Mexico, and a teenage friend of the victim is being held on suspicion of murder, authorities said Wednesday.

    Valencia County Sheriff Louis Burkhard told reporters that Alex Madrid, of Albuquerque, was found Tuesday in a field west of Los Lunas after his parents reported him missing.

  • $6 billion state budget approved by Legislature

    By Barry Massey and Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The Legislature crossed the finish line Thursday of a 30-day session that was filled with disputes between Democrats and Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

    The House and Senate adjourned at noon Thursday.