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  • WLV Board hears about Middle School progress

    The West Las Vegas Board of Education approved bids from three New Mexico companies at its regular meeting Thursday night.

    Raton’s Northern New Mexico Gas was approved as the vendor for propane. Septic Works from Estancia was selected for septic removal. And Las Vegas’ Diamond PRO Pest Control will handle extermination for the district, including its eight cafeterias.

  • Filming to take place near Plaza

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a news release from the City of Las Vegas, filming of a movie will take place in and around the Las Vegas Plaza this week, but the name or nature of the production won’t be released.

    Thursday through Saturday, Aug. 16-18,  filming will take place that will create traffic delays along Bridge Street and the Plaza area. This will impact parking around Plaza Drugs, Navajo textile, and the West Las Vegas Schools administration building.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, August 12, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 1 and Aug. 8, 2018:

  • Professor in Fine Arts wins sculpture award

    A New Mexico Highlands fine arts professor took home first place honors in a juried Rocky Mountain Region sculpture show.

    David Lobdell’s steel and iron piece, “Nesting Book #1,” was recognized at the Creede Sculpture Show in Creede, Colo., July 20.

    “My piece is a book made out of steel that has metal castings welded into it, featuring two iron nests that represent the empty nest we have in our home now that our two sons are 22 and 26,” Lobdell said.

  • UNM president comes to Vegas to meet with leaders

    A rare visit from the leader of the state's largest learning institution made this week allowed local officials to express some relevant concerns.

    University of New Mexico President Garnett Stokes, who took over at UNM in March, came to Las Vegas on Wednesday morning for a brief meeting. As part of her effort to get out to all 33 New Mexico counties, Stokes met for about one hour with San Miguel-area leaders, mostly from the educational and medical fields, to hear concerns that pertain to the state's unvistities and to generally commit to more collaboration.

  • City Schools ask for patience amid remodel

    With a new school year less than two weeks away, construction is still in progress on Los Niños Elementary.
    Most recently, crews have been working on paving new parking lots and adding a drop-off loop that parents and buses can access from Mountain View Drive.

    “We’re going to have some shaded areas where busses can drop kids off, and where parents can drop their children off,” said Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper.

  • Las Vegas man arrested for felony child abuse

    Las Vegas police arrested a man on battery and felony child abuse charges following an altercation in the 500 block of South Grand Avenue.

    Jonadam Dimas, 25, was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center July 28 on multiple charges, including abuse against a child, battery against a household member and false imprisonment.

  • LVPD wants to apply for grant match on gun range

    Among the handful of items covered at the Las Vegas City Council's work session Wednesday — most of which involved the Las Vegas Police Department — was discussion of a grant match that will help the LVPD get the Camp Luna shooting range back into shape.

    After a few years of gradually cleaning and repairing the dilapidated range, located near the Camp Luna armory, the Las Vegas Police are set to apply for a grant match from New Mexico Game and Fish, if a resolution is passed by the Council at its Wednesday, Aug. 15 regular monthly meeting.

  • Pecos superintendent addresses hiring, other issues

    As the school year is set to begin soon, Pecos Schools Superintendent Fred Trujillo recently caught the Optic up with some of the major developments with the district this summer.

    The first day of the 2018-19 school year for Pecos students will be Monday, Aug. 13.

    One of those developments actually turned out to be a non-development. After initially agreeing to bring in former Las Vegas City Schools associate superintendent Mike Lovato, the district lost him to the Mesa Vista School District, where he recently accepted the open superintendent position.

  • City completed Fiestas week on a budget

    Working on a budget is a challenge for any city hosting an event, but it’s tougher when the event is extended.

    City staff and law enforcement needed to work six days, plus preparation time and some hours afterward, in order to help the 130th Fiestas de Las Vegas run smoothly June 29 through July 4. However, the city and its police force was working with largely the same budgets they had in 2017, when the event was only four days long.