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Today's News

  • Drones: What are the rules?

    In only a few years, drones have become very popular with hobbyists. These small, pilotless aircraft have become more affordable, and the ease of operation makes them easy to fly.

    Because of this, some perceive drones merely as toys and often don’t consider the laws and regulations governing their use.

    The term “drones” is better known than the term “unmanned aerial vehicles,” or UAVs, even if drones are also known as the term for a class of military weapons.

  • Off Course

    Las Vegas firefighter were called out for a downed power pole that had been struck by a vehicle early Monday evening along Seventh Street, near K-Bob’s restaurant.

    Power was knocked out briefly in the area.

    Police arrested Champagne Valencia Smith, 25, of Albuquerque.

    Smith was charged with driving under the influence, three counts of criminal damage to property over $1,000; one count of criminal damage to property under $1,000; possession of an open container, first offense; no proof of insurance and no driver’s license.

  • 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.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, August 12, 2018

    Sunday, Aug. 12
    The Annette Clancy Memorial Watercolor and Jewelry Sale to Benefit the AWC Pet Center, is  from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at 113 Bridge Street. Annette’s works and jewelry are being sold at affordable prices, with all proceeds going to the Las Vegas/San Miguel animal shelter at 1680 N. Grand Ave., and the Animal Welfare Coalition that runs it. The event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served.

    Wednesday, Aug. 15

  • Noticias, Sunday, August 12, 2018
    • San Miguel County Magistrate Court hours: Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon on Fridays. 
    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m.  New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.
  • Contrafact at the Gazebo

    Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, Contrafact Jazz Band performs at the Plaza Park Gazebo from 5:30-7:30 p.m. as part of “Fridays al Fresco” sponsored by Las Vegas First. Come listen and dance.

  • They are only words — or are they?

    Each of us has spoken our first words. None of us has spoken our last words.

    There is a saying I think of often: “We are each born unique, but we die common.”

    The first minutes and hours of a newborn’s life hold so much hope and promise as we think thoughts such as “this child may change the world.” Then life is lived and most people seem to die “common.”