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A river runs through it; HPWA telling its story Las Vegas Optic
Lea Knutson and an HPWA volunteer plant native grass and wildflower seed along the Gallinas River as part of a river and floodplain restoration project adjacent to the La Placita Volunteer Fire Department in Gallinas Village.

By Sharon Vander Meer
Special to the Optic

The Hermit’s Peak Watershed Alliance is working with community partners to create a Gallinas River Park in the heart of Las Vegas. That isn’t the only thing HPWA does. What started as a seed of an idea 10 years ago has grown into a multi-million-dollar project centered on improving water quality and landscape, while also bringing jobs and an infusion of money into recreation-based employment and tourism to Las Vegas and beyond.

Plame believes global experience has prepared her... Las Vegas Optic
Congressional candidate Valerie Plame spoke about her experience and her goals at an event at the Castañeda Hotel in Las Vegas Aug. 16.

In a crowded field of Democratic candidates for Congressional District 3, Valerie Plame’s name stands out at first glance. The former CIA operative has a world’s worth of experience on the global scale and believes she is ready to use that experience to better the lives of people across northern New Mexico. 

Woman accused of animal abuse faces more legal tr... Las Vegas Optic
J. Taylor

A San Miguel County woman under investigation for cruelty to animals faces more legal trouble after she reportedly resisted arrest earlier this month. 

Guadalupita man arrested for child, domestic abus... Las Vegas Optic
J. Herrera

By Kelsey Kendall

On Thursday, Aug. 8, police responded to a domestic violence call in Guadalupita. It was reported that Guadalupita resident Joseph Herrera had broken the windows of a vehicle with his girlfriend, Erica Lucero, and children inside. 

Drowning victim identified as Los Lunas resident Las Vegas Optic

New Mexico State Police has identified the drowning victim whose body was recovered from Storrie Lake as Larry Jake Lucero, 51-year-old Los Lunas resident, who drowned last weekend. The NMSP Dive Team recovered the body Sunday afternoon. 

New Mexico State Parks has confirmed there was only one adult victim. 

City Council approves narcotics task force Las Vegas Optic

The Las Vegas City Council approved numerous resolutions on its consent agenda at Wednesday’s regular meeting, including several that will benefit the police and fire departments. 

Among the most significant resolutions passed were the acceptance of funds to operate the E911 system throughout San Miguel County and acceptance of funds to re-establish the Region IV Narcotics Task Force. 

Local women organize motorcycle run for breast ca... Las Vegas Optic
Angela Najar shows off the bra she decorated to the other B4B women. Najar was the first woman the Boobie Motorcycle Run was held for.

By Kelsey Kendall

It started six years ago when Angela Najar ran into a friend in Walmart shortly after being told she had breast cancer. She confided in her friend, Yvette Arellanes, about her worries. She wondered how she was going to pay her bills, how she was going to work on getting better when there were so many other things to worry about. Najar was feeling really low, throwing herself what she called a “pity party,” while, secretly, her friends and family were rallying around her. 

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