https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en A sneak preview https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/sneak-preview <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6_17_e_romero_glory_shot.jpg" alt="A ‘pop-up’ preview of the E. Romero Museum will be on display during Las Vegas Fiestas that begin later this month. Construction of the next phase of the museum is expected to be completed as early as September. " title="A ‘pop-up’ preview of the E. Romero Museum will be on display during Las Vegas Fiestas that begin later this month. Construction of the next phase of the museum is expected to be completed as early as September. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <em>By Shane Flores and Cindy Collins, Special to the Optic</em></p> <p> For two months last fall, Las Vegans and their supporters passionately voted every day in an online contest, and $150,000 was awarded to MainStreet de Las Vegas from The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to create a E. Romero Fire House museum honoring our volunteer firemen and the Acequia Madre.</p> <p> Last week, New Image Construction, Inc. was awarded a construction bid for the museum. ECC Solar will help power the building by installing nine solar panels on the roof.</p> Judge Sandoval decides to step down https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/judge-sandoval-decides-step-down <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sandoval_matthew_mug_1.jpg" alt="Matthew J. Sandoval is stepping down from his elected position as Fourth Judicial District Court Judge. " title="Matthew J. Sandoval is stepping down from his elected position as Fourth Judicial District Court Judge. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> <em>Las Vegas Optic reports</em></p> <p> There will be a new judge on the bench soon in San Miguel County, as a longtime veteran of local courts is stepping down.</p> <p> A news release sent out this week from the Fourth Judicial District Court said a vacancy will be created on Aug. 2, 2018, upon the retirement of Judge Matthew J. Sandoval.</p> <p> The official end of Sandoval&rsquo;s service as a district judge will be effective Aug. 1. He hasn&rsquo;t heard cases since last November, when health issues led to his taking medical leave from the bench.</p> New OBGYN joins staff of hospital, medical group https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/new-obgyn-joins-staff-hospital-medical-group <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/wilkerson_tracy_do.jpg" alt="Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced recently that Tracy Wilkerson, D.O. has joined the medical staff of the facility. She has also joined the practice of Las Vegas Medical Group—OBGYN." title="Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced recently that Tracy Wilkerson, D.O. has joined the medical staff of the facility. She has also joined the practice of Las Vegas Medical Group—OBGYN." align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> <em>Las Vegas Optic reports</em></p> <p> Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced recently that Tracy Wilkerson, D.O. has joined the medical staff of the facility. She has also joined the practice of Las Vegas Medical Group&mdash;OBGYN.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p> Wilkerson specialties include pregnancy care, family planning services, annual gynecological exams, gynecological therapy, pelvic pain and hormone therapy.<br /> She received her medical degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.</p> Santa Fe Forest won’t permit drilling https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/santa-fe-forest-won%E2%80%99t-permit-drilling <p> <em>The Associated Press</em></p> <p> ALBUQUERQUE&nbsp; &mdash; Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.</p> <p> The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of study and public testimony after a Nevada-based company and others had shown interest in part of the Jemez Mountains &mdash; a tourist draw that includes a national preserve and a neighboring monument.</p> Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 17, 2018 https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/jail-log-sundays-optic-june-17-2018 <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/handcuffed_12.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> <em>The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 6 and 13:</em></p> <p> Michael Gallegos, Bench Warrant, Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.</p> <p> Phillip Trujillo, Reckless Driving.</p> <p> Windy D. Saiz, Confinement Order.</p> <p> Adolph Lemos, Driving While License Suspended Or Revoked (Revoked For DWI).</p> Remembering Dennis Mitchell https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/remembering-dennis-mitchell <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bartleyeditha_8.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="67" height="85" /><p> I was out on my deck, planting flowers from the Mora Valley Ranch Supply store (their plants are used to our high elevation here at the ranch) when the Optic came in the mail.</p> <p> I always page through it quickly to get the news pertaining to our area.<br /> I was surprised to learn that Dennis Mitchell had passed away. I have known Dennis for a very long time and thankfully my radio can pick up KFUN radio here in these high mountains so I always get the local news, every morning when I am cooking breakfast.</p> Graduate geology student conducts research on Santa Fe River https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/graduate-geology-student-conducts-research-santa-fe-river <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/ryanmann_05791.jpg" alt="Highlands University geology graduate student Ryan Mann uses GPS to mark the location where he collected water samples and streamflow measurements on the Jemez River for a geomorphology class at the university." title="Highlands University geology graduate student Ryan Mann uses GPS to mark the location where he collected water samples and streamflow measurements on the Jemez River for a geomorphology class at the university." align="left" hspace="6" width="77" height="85" /><p> <em>By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University</em><br /> A New Mexico Highlands geology graduate student will conduct a hydrogeology research study of the lower Santa Fe River that aims to measure the quantity and quality of the water as it flows into the Rio Grande.</p> <p> Ryan Mann, a 41-year-old Albuquerque native and Santa Fe resident, received a grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute to fund his study.</p> NMHU professor will attend largest women’s conference in its field https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/nmhu-professor-will-attend-largest-women%E2%80%99s-conference-its-field <img src="https://www.lasvegasoptic.com/sites/www.lasvegasoptic.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/6_17_johnsen.jpeg" alt="Jessica Johnsen" title="Jessica Johnsen" align="left" hspace="6" width="63" height="85" /><p> <em>By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University<br /> </em></p> <p> A New Mexico Highlands computer science professor received a faculty scholarship to participate in the world&rsquo;s largest gathering of women computer scientists.</p> <p> Jessica Johnsen competed with applicants from across the globe to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston from Sept. 26 to 28.</p>