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  • Cowboys Reunion to return

    By Ron Querry

    For the Optic

    While it was a relatively quiet time for America and its 47th state, the global war in Europe had begun in July of 1914. The U.S. was following a policy of non-intervention and attempting to broker peace when, in May of 1915, the British Liner Lusitania was sunk by a German U-Boat. There were 128 Americans among the dead, and the threat of America’s entry into the Great War loomed.

  • Helping the hungry - Food drive ongoing in March

    The Food Depot has been joined by City Councilor Vince Howell and other entities for a community wide food drive this month. In late February, several Robertson High School wrestling and football athletes hit the streets to distribute containers for the month-long food drive.

    According to Food Depot statistics, roughly 8,100 people live in poverty in San Miguel County alone, with roughly 2,150 of them children — meaning plenty of people are having to make the choice between having food or paying a bill, including many seniors.

  • Woman struck by vehicle

    A Las Vegas woman was injured Tuesday morning when a vehicle struck her in the Community 1st Bank Legion branch parking lot.

    Margie R. Garcia was transported to Alta Vista Regional Hospital by ambulance. Police said her injuries were not life threatening.

    Garcia told police she had just walked out of the bank and was walking through the parking lot to her vehicle when all of a sudden she was on the ground, according to a police report. Garcia never saw the vehicle that struck her.

  • Adams, Sisneros prevail in Luna races

    Michael Adams easily defeated incumbent Tony A. Valdez and Richard D. Jaramillo Tuesday to win a six-year term on the Luna Community College Board of Trustees.

    Voter turnout for the election was low with only 216 people casting ballots in the West Las Vegas-based District 2 race.

    Adams walked away with 68 percent of the vote in that race, drawing 147 votes. Jaramillo came in second with about 21.7 percent of the vote, or 47 votes. Valdez, who has served on the Luna board for more than seven years, received 22 votes, or 10.2 percent.

  • Justice Department criticizes Ferguson police practices

    By Eric Tucker
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday cleared a white former Ferguson, Missouri, police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, but also issued a scathing report calling for sweeping changes in city law enforcement practices it called discriminatory and unconstitutional.

  • AP, governor settle open records lawsuit

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Gov. Susana Martinez has agreed to release monthly reports that detail the spending of security officers who travel with her, part of an agreement reached with The Associated Press in a public records case.

    Under the settlement, the governor’s attorneys agreed that the information in the procurement card reports relates to public business and falls under New Mexico’s Inspection of Public Records Act.

  • Jail Log - March 6, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 24 and March 4:

    Selena Herrera, 28, hold for court
    Carmen Salazar, 20, possession of controlled substance to with crack cocaine, failure to appear, bench warrant SM Magistrate/LV Municipal
    Jerome Garcia, 41, probation violation: absconding
    Manuel Montaño, 40, identity theft, bench warrant, State of Colorado
    Pablo Perez, 68, failure to pay fines, bench warrant, LV Municipal

  • In Brief - News - March 6, 2015

    The Associated Press
    Gov to students: return to class
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says students protesting a new required exam have a right to march but they need to return to class.
    The Republican governor told KOAT-TV in Albuquerque on Wednesday that the new rigorous test is the best option for New Mexico students.
    She says so far the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers exam, or PARCC, is working.

  • SolarCity to bring program to NM

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    A California-based company chaired by entrepreneur Elon Musk said Wednesday it has set its sights on expanding the number of homes in New Mexico outfitted with solar panels — a move that could fuel a regulatory battle over tax credits and other incentives for the industry.

    SolarCity announced plans that include opening an operations center in Albuquerque and hiring at least 30 employees for sales and installation.

  • Senate OKs debit card purchase of lottery tickets

    By Vik Jolly
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — You might be able to buy a lottery ticket in New Mexico using your debit card in the future.

    The Senate voted 25-16 to pass a bill to move in that direction in an effort that supporters say will help boost lagging ticket sales and thus pump more lottery money toward college tuition scholarships.

    The legislation eliminates a requirement that 30 percent of gross lottery revenues be transferred to the scholarship fund.