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  • Legislative roundup, March 5

    Legislative roundup, March. 5:

    Days remaining in session, as of Tuesday morning: 12

    Another state song: O, Fair New Mexico has been the state song since 1973. New Mexico also has a Spanish language state song, Asi Es Nuevo Mejico, designated that same year.

    Now state Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas, wants the Legislature to designate “a state chile song.”

    His choice is Chile Verde Rock.

  • Mora commissioners pass "2nd Amendment Sanctuary"resolution

    A two hour-and-a-half-hour Mora County Commission special meeting culminated in the board unanimously passing a resolution Monday.

    The resolution declares Mora to be a "Second Amendment sanctuary county," as the state government inches closer to passing gun control legislation. About a hundred people turned out for the special meeting, with many forced to stand.

  • Vegas residents deal with power, water outages

    Homes, businesses and offices in various parts of Las Vegas lost electricity, and, in some parts of the city, water service during an unusual winter storm Monday.

    Sub-freezing temperatures, windy conditions and fog aren't typically found in the same place, but that's what San Miguel, Mora and Colfax counties experienced late Sunday night and all through Monday. Light snow added to the mix, at times, and snow and ice clustered in trees and shrubs.

  • EDC going through another set of changes

    The Las Vegas / San Miguel Economic Development Corporation has no executive director, no active board of directors and will soon have no office space — oh, and it's involved in pending litigation.

  • Las Vegas Night: Viva Nosotros

    Las Vegas Night was held Thursday at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe, where hundreds from Mora and San Miguel gathered to eat, drink, dance and celebrate the shared culture of the two neighboring counties in front of state lawmakers.

    Mora County Vice Chair Veronica Serna said the turnout was great and there was a sense of community. When asked if Mora County would participate in next year’s event, she said, “It’s going to be better next year.”

  • Bill to limit property tax break advances

    By Thom Cole, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    A state House committee on Thursday approved legislation to eliminate a property tax break enjoyed by some owners of residential rental properties and second homes in New Mexico.

    The Local Government, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs Committee OK’d the bill on a party-line vote, with Democrats backing the measure and Republicans opposing.

  • Jail Log - Sunday's Optic, March 3, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 20 and Feb. 27, 2019: 

    Tomas Gutierrez, Criminal Trespass.

    Cindy Hurtado, Transport Order For Court.

    Vidal Vigil, Aggravated Burglary (Armed After Entering).

  • Devotional art exhibition at Ray Drew Gallery

    Highlands University presents its annual Northern New Mexico Devotional Art exhibition, open through March 29 in the Ray Drew Gallery in Donnelly Library at 802 National Ave.

    The closing artists’ reception is March 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.

  • Luna meetings this week covered a variety of topics

    Three long Luna Community College Board of Trustees special meetings held this week — on consecutive nights — culminated in the selection of the school's Allied Health director, Rolando Rael, as the candidate the board will negotiate with on a president contract. 

  • Honoring a fighter

    Dolores Huerta, 88, was honored by New Mexico legislators on the House floor on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 27, which was officially declared “Dolores Huerta Day.”