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  • Alumnus, longtime educator appointed as regent

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Dan Padilla knows how Highlands University transforms lives. He is living proof.

    “It’s enriched me in the knowledge that there’s a lot out there for anyone who has a dream or desire to do something,” said Padilla, whom Gov. Susana Martinez named as a recess appointment to the Highlands Board of Regents.

    “Attending Highlands impacted my life, defined who I am, and has inspired me to impact kids to continue their education.”

  • Library announces new state-system status at event

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    On April 21, the Villanueva David F. Cargo Library at the El Valle Community Center in Villanueva hosted its fourth-annual Storyteller Event  with the theme “Preserving our Cultural Tradition,” complete with Spanish dancing, drumming, and readings of works by local New Mexico children’s authors.

  • Fort Union volunteer wins prestigious award

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Fort Union National Monument volunteer Mitch Barker has taken home the prestigious National Park Service regional George and Helen Hartzog Award.

    Each year the award goes to a national park volunteer “who gives of his or her skills, talents, and time beyond the normal call of duty.”

  • School board awards

    Alice L. Wagoner/Optic photo
    The recipients of the New Mexico School Boards Association Excellence in Student Achievement award are Christina Lovato, Evangeline Griego, and Michael Lopez.

    The three West Las Vegas High School seniors were recognized during the May 14 WLV Schools Board of education meeting.

  • Sworn in as Councilor

    Courtesy of City of Las Vegas
    David Ulibarri, Jr. raises his right hand during an April 20 ceremony in which he took the oath of office as a Las Vegas City Councilor.

    Ulibarri was initially chosen by Mayor Tonita Gurule-Giron to represent Ward 1 on the Council when she won election as mayor in 2016 and was elected to what will be his first full term in this spring's regular elections.

    Ulibarri is joined in this photo by his sister, Irene Ulibarri, a witness, along with his choice to swear him in, Municipal Judge Eddie Trujillo. 

  • City announces ‘Stage 0’ water restrictions

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    In a news release sent out Wednesday, the City of Las Vegas announced “Stage Zero” water restrictions have gone into effect.
    Here are some of the provisions:

    • Even-numbered addresses can water outdoors on even numbered calendar days.

    • Odd-numbered addresses can water outdoors on odd numbered calendar days.

    • Irrigation is allowed only from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. or 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    • Sprinklers shall be shut off during rainy and windy events.

  • Becoming U.S. citizens

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    A swearing-in ceremony was held recently at Fort Union National Monument for Americans who have completed the entire process to become U.S. citizens.

    Glen Osburn, of the United Kingdom,was one of those sworn in. He was joined by several supporters, including his wife, Christina Hall Osburn and Thomas Grasser, a 93-year-old  World War II veteran.

  • Undocumented immigrants, community policing and trash

    About 60 area residents came to a Highlands University lecture hall Tuesday for the Optic's San Miguel County primary candidate forum. From crime to economic development to citizen involvement, the candidates covered a wide range of issues during the two-hour event.

    As a bonus, candidates, especially incumbents, were happy to explain policy, procedure and workflow within respective county departments. All 17 of the candidates for San Miguel County offices in the June 5 primary are Democrats, though nearly all of the primary races are contested.  

  • Optic interview: Lt. Gov. candidate Rick Miera

    Note: After State Sen. and Democratic Party candidate for lieutenant governor Howie Morales paid a recent surprise visit to the Optic to take questions, one of his opponents, Rick Miera, asked for the same opportunity. We gave him the same exact questions we gave to Sen. Morales; here are Miera’s responses.


    What can be done to bridge some of the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, both in New Mexico and nationwide?

  • The seeds of art

    The ninth annual Las Vegas Seed Exchange, held April 14, was geared to inform local residents and share how seeds can introduce management of food.

    Even young growers like 8-year-old Gabby Gillespie were able to focus on fruits and vegetables, if only in visual-art form.