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  • Boarding home owners sentenced

    The second floor courtroom echoed with anguished cries after District Judge Abigail Aragon imposed the maximum sentence allowed under a plea agreement for the Las Vegas couple charged in the 2013 deaths of their two boarding home residents.

    Aragon sentenced Jose Encinias on Monday to 10 years in prison. His wife, Denise Encinias, was sentenced to five years of supervised probation.

    Without the plea agreement, each was facing up to 30 years in prison.

  • Councilors: No contract for mayor

    The City Council voted unanimously on Wednesday to reject Mayor Alfonso Ortiz’s request for a supplemental employment contract.

    The contract would have gone into effect in the likely event that none of the six candidates running for mayor receives more than 50 percent of the vote. That would trigger a runoff election and result in Ortiz’s continuing to serve until his replacement takes office.

  • Chamber issues challenge to candidates

    The Las Vegas-San Miguel Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring another community cleanup, but this time there’s a twist.

    The organization has issued a challenge to all candidates running in the March 1 municipal elections and to their campaign committees to come out from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Feb. 21 to clean up Las Vegas.

  • Preparing Valentine treats

    Valentine’s Day is when people celebrate love, but for one local business it means making chocolate-covered strawberries by the hundreds, plenty of cakes from scratch, including a delicious smelling and looking chocolate raspberry cake, and hitting the road with an abundance of deliveries.Amanda Medina of SugarBomb Bake Shoppe is ready for the madness of the day of love.

  • Jail Log Feb. 12, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 3 and Feb. 8:
    Salvador Patron, 26, probation violation: absconding, failure to report
    Santiago Razo, 26, fraudulent use of a credit card (three counts), conspiracy, bench warrant,
    Roland Romero, 29, hold for court
    Gabriel Quintana, 34, resisting, evading or obstructing an officer, driving on suspended revoked license.
    Benji Quintana, 41, driving on suspended revoked license
    Ernestina Griego, 40, probation violation: positive UA

  • School chief search progresses

    The process of selecting the next superintendent at Las Vegas City Schools has been set. During a board meeting late last week the board agreed to qualifications for next superintendent as well as the time line for the process.

    The board hired New Mexico School Boards Association Superintendent Search Service Chief Consultant Dan Patterson to guide them in the superintendent selection process. The person selected will replace outgoing superintendent Ruben Cordova who announced his resignation late last month. His resignation becomes effective at the end of April.

  • Getting their groove on
  • Thrift store volunteer charged in theft

    A 34-year-old Las Vegas man has been charged with commercial burglary and tampering with evidence, both fourth-degree felonies, for allegedly stealing several boxes of clothing from the Zoe Thrift Store.

    Joshua Bustos, who resides on the 1000 block of Union Street, was a volunteer at the thrift store. He was arrested by Las Vegas police on Friday.

    The theft was discovered and reported to police on Jan. 3.

    According to a probable cause statement filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday:

  • AG: No fraud found with 10 providers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/node/add/newsTen nonprofits that had provided behavioral health services to needy New Mexicans were cleared Monday of fraud allegations as part of an investigation by the attorney general’s office, but state officials maintain there was still public money that was misspent.

  • NM lawmakers well compensated

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — New Mexico lawmakers were paid a combined $2.3 million last year for expenses, travel and other costs in what marked a 25 percent increase over the previous comparable legislative session.

    New Mexico is the only state in the nation where lawmakers receive no salary for their work, but taxpayers foot the bill for their mileage, meals and travel and other work expenses.