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  • Las Vegas native earns administrator of the year award

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Jim Abreu, a former School of Education dean at New Mexico Highlands, received the Administrator of the Year award from the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders.

    Abreu’s career as an educator spans 43 years, with 26 of those years spent on the Highlands faculty. For the last eight years, he has served as the executive director for the Northeast Regional Education Cooperative.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Aug. 19, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 8 and Aug. 15, 20182018:

  • South Grand construction

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    South Grand Avenue in Las Vegas, from to Tilden Avenue to Interstate 25, will have only one lane open within the southbound lanes, until further notice. Motorists are advised to limit speed to 35 mph in this zone, until further notice.

    The lanes are 11 feet wide. Drivers should proceed through the work zone with caution, slow down and watch for construction personnel and equipment.

  • Full service

    Drive down almost any street in Las Vegas and it’s easy to see remnants of the past. Stop for gas at either of the town’s two full-service gas stations and you can experience a small piece of that past.

    Once ubiquitous, full-service gas stations are rarely seen today, and most drivers expect to do the work of pumping gas themselves. But in Las Vegas, there’s no need to do the work yourself thanks to Gabriel’s Independent Station at 905 North Grand Ave., and RJ’s One Stop on South Grand.

  • Students create online exhibits of Donnelly Library archives

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    History of the Las Vegas community and Highlands University come to life, thanks to a digital online special collections exhibits project the university’s media arts and technology students created for Donnelly Library.

  • City Schools brings in new tech, tools

    Students and teachers at Las Vegas City Schools campuses will encounter several new technology elements as they start a new school year.

    At Thursday’s regular board meeting, City Schools’ Director of Technology John Tiernan updated board members on the rollout of a new smartphone app called STOPit that allows students to anonymously report things like inappropriate student-teacher relationships, bullying, threats, and abuse of drugs or alcohol.

  • Sidransky-Montaño convicted by jury of forgery

    A woman whose public-education license was scrutinized as a result of investigations stemming from former superintendent Charles Trujillo's arrest was convicted of forgery this week in a one-day jury trial.

    Vanessa Sidransky-Montaño, 41, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of forgery — a forgery — a fourth degree felony — late Tuesday afternoon after a daylong trial at the Fourth District Court trial. The jury only deliberated 35 minutes.

  • Affeldt acquires historic establishment in Lamy

    Historic Plaza Hotel and Hotel Castañeda restoration entrepreneur Allan Affeldt has added a Lamy restaurant and bar to the growing list of properties he is renovating and restoring.

    Affeldt acquired the historic Legal Tender restaurant and saloon building in Lamy from the Lamy Railroad & History Museum.

    The acquisition was completed July 13 and closed with no cash changing hands. Instead, the Lamy museum board transferred the Legal Tender to a nonprofit Affeldt created in Winslow, Ariz., where he owns the La Posada Hotel.

  • 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin dies at 76

    By Mesfin Fekadu and Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

    DETROIT — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed "Queen of Soul" who sang with matchless style on such classics as "Think," ''I Say a Little Prayer" and her signature song, "Respect," and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.

  • People’s Faire set to entertain for the 40th year

    This year marks the 40th year for the Las Vegas People’s Faire, a daylong celebration of arts, crafts and entertainment. This year’s People’s Faire is set to take place on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Carnegie Park.

    “We will have over 60 arts and crafts booths, as well as hot food vendors,” said People’s Faire organizer Susie Tsyitee. “The arts and crafts will be everything from handmade jewelry, to art, to weavings, to embroidery. A little bit of everything is included.”