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  • Registration deadline for city voters is Friday

    Las Vegas Optic

    One municipal election down, one more to go.

    The City Council adopted an election resolution earlier this month officially scheduling the mayoral runoff election for April 12.

    Vying for the four-year mayor’s post are City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron and former Councilor Joey Herrera.

    The runoff is required because none of the six mayoral candidates received more than 50 percent of the vote in the March 1 municipal election.

  • Teen sexting prompts efforts to update child-porn laws

    By Kristen Wyatt
    The Associated Press

    DENVER — Rampant teen sexting has left politicians and law enforcement authorities around the country struggling to find some kind of legal middle ground between prosecuting students for child porn and letting them off the hook.

    Most states consider sexually explicit images of minors to be child pornography, meaning even teenagers who share nude selfies among themselves can, in theory at least, be hit with felony charges that can carry heavy prison sentences and require lifetime registration as a sex offender.

  • In Brief - News - Mar. 20, 2016

    The Associated Press

    3 killed in crash north of Shiprock

    SHIPROCK — Authorities say three New Mexico men are dead after a two-car crash north of Shiprock.

    New Mexico State Police say the accident occurred about 8:20 p.m. Wednesday on U.S. 491.

    They say a vehicle driven by 69-year-old Kenny Shorty of Shiprock was trying to pass two other vehicles and collided head-on with another car.

  • Airmen at nuke base probed for drug use

    By Robert Burns
    AP National Security Writer

    WASHINGTON — The Air Force is investigating 14 members of a nuclear weapons security force for alleged illegal drug activity, in some cases including cocaine use, defense officials said Friday. The probe is a fresh blow to a nuclear missile corps that has been under intense scrutiny for a string of lapses in training and personal conduct over the past three years.

  • 16 Memorial Middle School students qualify for national conference

    Submitted to the Optic

    Sixteen Memorial Middle School Business Professionals of America students qualified to attend the Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference to be held in Boston in early May.

    They are Julian Montoya, Nicholas Marrujo, Dylan Moore, Deandre Gutierrez, Cody River, Jayden Jenkins, Isabel Lopez, Kyle Conway, Leena Martinez, Elizia Montoya, Tameera Montoya, Carli Marrujo, Viana Chung, Mikaella Sena, Isaiah Probst, and Jacob Smith.

  • Mentally ill women forced to have sex

    A 75-year-old Las Vegas man is facing multiple felonies for allegedly  forcing two mentally ill women to have sex with him and then paying them with cigarettes, sodas and cheese.

    Benjamin Baca, of the 1000 block of Jackson Street, was arrested on Wednesday. He is accused of targeting residents of boarding homes on New Mexico Avenue and Ninth Street.

    The case was investigated jointly by the Human Trafficking Unit of the state Attorney General’s Office and the Las Vegas Police Department.

  • Board member asked to resign

    By Mercy Lopez and Martín Salazar

    A member of the West Las Vegas School Board has been in office for nearly a year despite the fact that he has a felony conviction and isn’t eligible to hold public office, the Optic has learned.

    An attorney for the school district is recommending that board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez resign immediately, saying that his presence on the board could “dramatically affect the district’s ability to operate” and even result in a lowered bond rating.

  • Paul D. Henry 4th grader spells his way to state bee

    It was the correct spelling of “conglomerate” that made him a champion in countywide spelling bee competition, qualifying him for state, the next level.

    The winner at this level, Sherlock Chen, is a fourth grader at Paul D. Henry Elementary School. He leaves Saturday for Albuquerque to compete in the State Spelling Bee at Albuquerque’s Sandia Prep, with the winner advancing to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington.

  • Locals protest Alta Vista decision

    The closing of Alta Vista Regional Hospital’s obstetrics department remains a hot issue for many. Wednesday afternoon, roughly 25 people demonstrated their dismay to the closure as they marched along Mills Avenue and Seventh Street.

    The closure of the obstetrics unit, which took place earlier this month, six days after the announcement, also prompted San Miguel County Commissioner Nicolas Leger to draft a resolution that he hopes the Commission will pass. The resolution would create a task force to look into community health issues.

  • Jail Log Mar. 18, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 4 and March 15:
    Pablo Pacheco, 31, 2 counts battery on health care worker, assault on health care worker, criminal damage to property
    Euligio Maestas, 36, district court warrant - failure to appear
    Helen Rivera, 34, holding for investigation
    Michael Dominguez, 31, Adult Probation Office warrant - absconding
    Carlos Valencia, 32, failure to report, failure to appear
    Henrieta Lovato, 42, failure to appear, improper use of equipment