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  • Shootout suspect robbed store in San Miguel County, police say

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Texas man who was taken into custody after a shootout with police on I-25 in Santa Fe County drew attention to himself by committing crimes in San Miguel County.

    Accoridng to the New Mexico State Police, at about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, State Police officers were dispatched to an armed robbery call at the Pecos River Station, a gas station and convenience store located along Interstate 25 at mile marker 319 in San Miguel County at the San Jose exit, between Ribera and Pecos.

  • Twelfth annual bike rally set for this weekend

    It’s almost time for the Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally. The 12th annual event starts Friday and ends on Sunday afternoon. As always, there will be plenty of fun, music and chrome.

    “This is a very critical event for the area,” Rough Rider Motorcycle Rally member Kayt Peck said. “It brings in plenty of people to Las Vegas and the area. They also visit area restaurants and businesses.”

  • Luna president candidates include current LCC, NMHU staff

    Several familiar names have applied for the presidency of Luna Community College.

    The eight applicants for the position are James Alarid, Jennifer M. Carbajal, Eloy Anthony Chavez, Sharon Lalla, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Miguel Rael, and Joseph Peter Sánchez.

    The applicants will be reviewed by a presidential search committee. The college’s board of trustees will name presidential search committee members during their August meeting.

  • Noticias, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    7.28.2017, FRIDAY

    July 28 to Aug. 11: The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel County Public Health Office will host its annual back-to-school immunization clinic starting weekdays July 28 through Aug. 11 at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

  • Mora Fiestas fun

    Despite some rain, fairgoers at last weekend’s Mora Fiestas had plenty of smiles as they enjoyed entertaining and being entertained. 

  • Wagon Mound board members’ eligibility in question

    There is an ongoing court battle between Wagon Mound Public Schools and its superintendent, Sheryl McNellis-Martinez, on whether a vote taken by an ineligible board member on McNellis-Martinez’s contract was valid. But a two-month Optic investigation has revealed that the board has had at least two ineligible board members within the past three years.

  • Some newcomers to the opera world quickly get involved

    By Gwen Albers
    For the Optic

    Three years ago, Kevin Johnson would have never considered attending an opera. It seemed boring.

    Today, Johnson’s a season- ticket holder for the Santa Fe Opera and belongs to its Las Vegas Guild.

    “It’s wonderful and I’ve enjoyed it thoroughly,” she said. “I love the music.”

  • Luna releases names of eight candidates

    Luna Community College released the names of the candidates for the permanent president’s position around noon on Friday.

    The eight applicants are James Alarid, Jennifer Carabajal, Eloy Chavez, Manuel J. Lucero, Twila Quintana, Rolando Rael, Joseph Sanchez and Sharon Lalla.

    Additional information on each of the applicants was unavailable as of Optic press time.

    The college’s board of trustees unanimously voted to appoint a committee to review and screen the applicants during a meeting on Tuesday.

  • Pearce sues to gain access to campaign cash

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce sued New Mexico’s lead elections regulator on Thursday to seek access to a $1 million campaign war chest as he runs for governor in 2018.

    The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office informed the Pearce campaign this week that only $11,000 could be transferred from his federal election campaign account to a state campaign account.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 21, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Balderas: Keep DACA alive
    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas on Friday joined 19 other Democratic attorneys general around the country urging President Donald Trump to keep a program that gives temporary resident status to young immigrants in the country illegally.

    In a letter to the president, the attorneys general said the 800,000 immigrant students covered under the Obama-era Deferred Actions for Childhood Arrival Program, or DACA, have been a boon to universities and employers.