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  • Council OKs zero tolerance drug policy

    By Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt a new drug and alcohol policy that requires the termination of any city employee who tests positive for drug or alcohol use while on the job.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 30, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 16 and Oct. 25.
    Juanico Loretto, 34, DWI, open container, child abuse x 2
    Edward Moya, 44, seven- day commitment
    Guy Martinez, 45, Bench Warrant SM Magistrate
    Sielert Duaine, 47, failure to appear, failure to pay, failure to comply
    Andrea Lucero, 65, speeding, no proof of insurance, expired registration
    Angelo Vigil, 19, criminal damage to property
    Lucille Gallegos, 36, shoplifting
    Enrique Acuna, 45, DWI

  • Looking Back - Oct. 30, 2015
  • Fall Flight Festival kicks off on Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The refuge has been blessed with abundant rainfall these late summer days, fields have crops and ponds with water augur hopes for an outstanding fall migration.

    Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge, located on NM 281, east of Las Vegas, will be open each of the first four Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in November for the Traditional Annual Fall Flight Festival featuring a four-and-a-half-mile self-guided auto drive. All events at the refuge are free.

  • BREAKING: Skandera puts brakes on Mora superintendent's paid leave

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López

    Las Vegas Optic

    The Mora Independent School District’s plan to continue paying Superintendent Charles Trujillo pending the outcome of a state Public Education Department investigation has run into a major snag.

  • Two killed in Mora shooting

    State police still aren’t revealing much about the motive in a Friday evening shooting in Mora County that left two dead, another wounded and a fourth individual behind bars.

    Police arrested Donald Valdez, 45, who resides on Country Road A030 for the shootings. He was booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $600,000 cash-only bond.

    He is accused of fatally shooting  Fred Montoya and Bernadette Garcia and of shooting Amanda Miera  in the left shoulder. Miera survived the shooting.

  • $15M secured for upgrades to train route

    The federal government has awarded more than $15 million for essential upgrades for Amtrak’s Southwest Chief line in New Mexico and southeast Colorado, a move that all but guarantees that the train will continue through Las Vegas, Raton and other communities that were in jeopardy of losing the route.

  • PED now planning independent probe

    UPDATE: The Mora Independent School board of education is scheduled to meet on Friday to "accept resignation of superintendent of the Mora Schools." Also, on the agenda is the hiring of an interim superintendent.

    The meeting is scheduled for 11 a.m. at the administration office board room.

    By Martín Salazar and Mercy López
    Las Vegas Optic

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  • Justices grill attorneys in NM assisted-suicide case

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Justices with New Mexico’s highest court aggressively questioned attorneys Monday in a landmark lawsuit that could decide if the state will join a handful of others in allowing terminally ill patients to end their lives with drugs prescribed by a doctor.

    The legal challenge, sparked in 2012 by a Santa Fe woman with advanced cancer, seeks to clarify New Mexico’s laws barring physician-assisted suicide.