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  • Las Vegas water crisis: Water main breaks lead to school, business closures

    With an ongoing perfect storm of conditions, the City of Las Vegas continues to have problems with water main breaks that are leading to low water pressure and water outages.

    Last week, the outages started to have a deeper impact on businesses and schools and other government services.

  • Rollover near Wagon Mound claims life of Las Vegas man

    A Friday-night rollover near Wagon Mound claimed the life of a young Las Vegas man, according to the New Mexico State Police.

  • Serna reflects on time at Luna

    Just before he stepped down a few weeks before the end of his contract as interim president of Luna Community College, Ricky Serna took a moment to talk with the Optic and reflect on his nearly two-year stint as the top administrator at the school.

    Serna was brought in amid flak from the public regarding whistleblower retaliation and other allegations at Northern New Mexico College. However, most of the focus on Serna, during his time at Luna, was on changing Luna's direction away from the documentation and policy issues that had led to scrutiny. 

  • Serenading lawmakers

    Angelica Montoya of Las Vegas, N.M., a Highlands University freshman, sings during a performance by the Vaqueros de Highlands University mariachi group in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.

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  • MainStreet projects funded

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    MainStreet de Las Vegas, in partnership with the City of Las Vegas, was recently awarded $150,000 in New Mexico Main Street capital outlay public infrastructure funding to begin construction on the Railroad District’s Great Blocks Project.

    MSLV was awarded $24,000 in City of Las Vegas funding to begin a major wayfinding project for Las Vegas.

  • School ratings sytem overhaul planned by state

    The New Mexico Public Education Department aims to scrap the state’s A-F grading system for public schools, which critics have said puts too much emphasis on student test scores.

    Under proposed changes to the state’s plan to comply with the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, the agency says it will replace an accountability system that identifies schools as failing with one that classifies them by the amount of state and federal support they require.

  • Study: Las Vegas among state’s safest cities

    Though New Mexico is considered one of the most dangerous states in the country, residents of Las Vegas will be pleased to know their city is among the state’s safest, according to a recent study. 

    Second only to Los Alamos, Las Vegas had an average of around 7.5 violent crimes per 1,000 residents, slightly above the state average of 7.38, according to The National Council for Home Safety and Security. 

  • El Creston project makes water available to Ojitos Frios Ranches subdivision residents

    After nine years of planning and work, water is flowing to homes in the Ojitos Frios Ranches subdivision at last.

    El Creston Mutual Domestic Water Consumers Association has made the dream a reality. Water is now flowing to the first seven of 14 possible customers in the first stage of development. 

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, Feb. 24, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb 13 and Feb 20, 2019:

    Jose N Romero, Transport Order For Court.

    Hope N Ortiz, False Report Of A Fire Or Explosion. 

    Dionisio E Chavez, Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon) - Attempt. 

  • October 2018 Union Street Elementary All-Stars

    Students from Union Street Elementary School were rewarded for working hard. In the first picture are October’s all-stars. Second picture: Layla Sanchez, Andres Lopez, Andres Sena, Brooklyn Ybarra and Ethan Gonzalez. November: right: Kaitlynn Garcia, Dakota Griego, Jyden James, Rianna Montoya and Larry Matta.