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  • Saving the Castañeda

    It’s been about 50 years, but Lurline Bennett still remembers her father stepping in and saving the Castañeda Hotel.

    “The Santa Fe Railroad was just going to tear the Castañeda down and just sell the bricks,” she recalls. “Not one person came forward and said, ‘No, we need to save the Castañeda.’ My father was the only one who said we can’t let that happen. We have to save the building.”

    What a difference 50 years makes.

  • Holi Festival
  • 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

    In 1964

  • 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

    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.

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

    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.