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  • Looking ahead - News - June 20, 2014

    Summer Solstice Spiritual Service

    The Summer Solstice Spiritual Service will include a ceremony for the Renewal of Body, Mind and Spirit, 6:45 a.m. Saturday, June 21. A potluck will follow at 8 a.m. Call Peter or Jody Stege at 454-0003 or 603-0581 for information.

  • Weather - June 20, 2014

    Friday
    A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Northeast wind 5-10 mph, becoming south 10-15 mph in the afternoon. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms at night. Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. South wind 5-15 mph.

  • Jail Log - June 20, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 6 and June 12:

    Stephen Kuresman, 60, violation of a restraining order
    Robert Baca, 37, failure to appear, no insurance, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Aaron Sanchez, 26, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon
    Lanette Romero, 51, criminal damage to property
    Richard Lucero, 31, battery on household member
    Melanie Vigil, 32, failure to pay fines, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate/Sandoval County

  • King’s campaign manager resigns

    The Associated Press

    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Gary King’s newly hired campaign manager resigned on Tuesday because of disparaging comments posted on Twitter in the past about women, Republicans and others.

    The departure of Steve Verzwyvelt came a day after King announced he had hired the Louisiana native to run his general election campaign against Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • In Brief - New Mexico - June 20, 2014

    The Associated Press

    Pension fund yields 15 percent

  • Immigrant licenses plunge

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — First-time driver’s licenses issued to immigrants in the country illegally plunged by nearly a third in the past year despite no change in New Mexico’s policy of granting driving privileges, records show.
    The dramatic decline comes after Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who’s up for re-election, pushed unsuccessfully for four years to scrap the state’s law allowing driver’s licenses to immigrants, regardless of their immigration status.

  • BREAKING: Arrest made in city's latest homicide

    A 39-year-old man is dead and another man is facing a murder charge following a stabbing early Tuesday morning on the 2400 block of Dalia Street.

    David Jude Lucero, also 39, is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $250,000 cash bond. He has been charged with one count of second-degree murder.

    The victim, Raymond A. Chavez, died at the scene.

    For more on this story, pick up a copy of Friday's Optic.

  • 2 charged in heroin bust

    The Region IV Narcotics Task Force says the recent arrest of a San Miguel County couple will “strike a significant blow” to a heroin trafficking organization operating in and around Las Vegas.

  • Serving up lunch - Summer meal programs under way

    Area youngsters have a place to grab breakfast and lunch this summer courtesy of programs at Las Vegas City Schools and the West Las Vegas School District. The annual summer food service program at Las Vegas City Schools has started as well as the Seamless Summer program at West Las Vegas Schools. Both school districts are offering breakfast and lunch at no cost for children 18 and younger.

  • Acting city manager confirmed

    The Las Vegas City Council voted unanimously Monday to confirm Elmer Martinez as acting city manager, signaling that a new day has arrived at City Hall.

    Martinez, a longtime city employee who has previously served as acting city manager, received a standing ovation from the governing body and from many in the audience following the vote.

    “I have nothing but high confidence in Mr. Martinez,” Mayor Alfonso Ortiz said as he offered his congratulations.