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Today's News

  • Power restored to 2,000 customers in Las Vegas

    After a major summer storm hit the Mora and San Miguel county areas late Sunday afternoon, PNM's online outage map showed at least 2,250 Las Vegas residents were without electricity.

    Power was restored to most homes in the affected area by 9:45 p.m. The outage began at about 7:45 p.m. 

    The PNM outage map can be viewed here:  bit.ly/1s3Ddyp

  • County, acequias, Strickling done present case to OSE

    All the hearing arguments are done; now it's time for the waiting game.

    San Miguel County  Dave Romero, along with attorneys for acequia associations and others in or affected by the Pecos River watershed, made a case over the past few months with the Office of the State Engineer in a protest of a proposed additional water use for a conservation project. 

  • Precious resources

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    A decision during Thursday’s West Las Vegas School Board meeting to explore buying a vacant property next to Tony Serna Jr. Elementary School prompted a discussion of the district’s property inventory.

    In other matters, the board discussed leasing its water rights to the City of Las Vegas due to current water laws that require owners to use their water rights or lose them.

  • Pearce pledges not to raise taxes

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — The Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico has signed a pledge to oppose any tax increases if elected, even as the state struggles to shore up its credit rating and address public pension liabilities.

    Congressman and gubernatorial contender Steve Pearce confirmed this week his commitment to conservative activist Grover Norquist’s famous pledge against any net tax increases if elected governor.

  • In New Mexico, ‘praying for rain’ won’t be enough

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico’s supply of groundwater should be reserved for periods of drought, communities should have sharing agreements in place when supplies are short and alternatives such as desalination should be explored regardless of the cost.
    The recommendations are part of the state’s draft water plan released late Monday by New Mexico’s top water managers.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, July 15, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 4 and July 11, 2018:

  • PTK Beta Mu Nu Chapter had impressive school year

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Luna Community College’s Phi Theta Kappa Beta Mu Nu Chapter earned several state, regional and international individual and chapter awards for the recently completed school year.
    The following is a list of the awards.

    2018 New Mexico Regional Chapter Awards:

    • Most Distinguished Chapter – Highest Combined Score between the HIA Project and College Project

    • Most Distinguished College Project Award – Project Title, “LCC Leadership Academy”

  • Changing the world with an orange cone

    It entertained me all afternoon, that single orange cone.

    No one knew just what to do with it. It was just sitting out there in the middle of everything. It didn’t belong there, but everyone who came upon it believed it had a purpose so no one picked it up and moved it. Those who encountered the cone had to determine how to navigate around it because it was there. They had no choice but to recognize it and change their path accordingly. But I am a little ahead of myself.

  • Seeking asylum is not a crime

    In recent years, the U.S. typically welcomed about 1,000,000 legal immigrants, 70,000 refugees and 23,000 asylum seekers per year.

    President Trump’s statements and evolving policies will greatly reduce all these numbers, and threaten the approximately 11 million unauthorized immigrants already living in this country, many for decades.

  • Editorial Cartoon, Sunday, July 15, 2018

    Editorial Cartoon, Sunday, July 15, 2018.