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  • Luna president, others address accreditation issues

    Tuesday’s regular monthly Luna Community College Board of Trustees meeting had a decidedly different flavor than some other times the board had met this year.

  • County appoints two new P & Z commissioners

    San Miguel County has two new Planning and Zoning  Commissioners.

    Kenny Lujan and Harold Garcia were approved as the District 4 and District 5 commissioners for planning and zoning by the County Commission at its regular meeting Tuesday.

  • A fair-ly festive weekend

    Theresa Wesner photos

    ‘Tis the season for holiday arts and craft fairs, and last weekend featured several in San Miguel and Mora counties. 

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  • Chess and robots

    They were focused. Two groups of students at West Las Vegas Middle School anticipate their next move. Mind you, it wasn’t the high stakes game of life at this point.

    One group concentrated on mastering its opponents in chess; while the other set attempted to key in the correct steps in their smart phones to maneuver a robot car forward, back, or to turn. 

  • Wildlife: Raptors the centerpiece of presentation

    Submitted to the Optic

    As a part of the Las Vegas New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge’s celebration of the annual fall migration, Lori Paras, Director of the Santa Fe Raptor Center presented three of her charges — a Great Horned Owl, a Barn Owl and Swainson’s Hawk and a discussion of each and their benefit to us as humans in an event held last month. 

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Cutural Affairs seeks funding

  • Correction

    An infant being held by Santa Claus in a Page 1 photo of the Dec. 6, 2017 Optic was misidentified.

    The child’s correct name is David Baca.

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  • Las Vegas woman jailed after four-car wreck

    A Las Vegas woman was taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center after police say she caused a four-car accident at one of the busiest intersections in the area on a Friday evening.

  • Educated right here in town

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    About five months from now, Brittney Mares and JaMarcus Trujillo are set to receive bachelor of science degrees in biology from New Mexico Highlands University.

    The couple is thankful for the start they got at a local community college. 

  • N.M. senators, reps under scrutiny

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Limited safeguards against self-enrichment in the nation’s only unsalaried legislature are under scrutiny in the wake of a corruption trial and felony convictions against a former New Mexico state senator.

    Accused of using his position to profit from the sale of a state-owned building, former Sen. Phil Griego is awaiting sentencing after a jury found him guilty of fraud, felony ethical violations and other charges.