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  • New Mexico's longest-serving senator dies

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico lawmakers and others are remembering former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici as someone who was known for putting politics aside and building relationships on both sides of the aisle.

    Domenici died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital. He was 85.

  • Homecoming parades set for Friday, Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    West Las Vegas High School and Highlands University are both hosting Homecoming parades this week. West will host its parade Friday, with an 11:30 a.m. lineup for the 1 p.m. parade An exact route wasn’t available at press time, but the route typically involves the area around the high school and Bridge Street, as well as Sixth Street and Lowe’s Grocery shopping center on Mills Avenue. Highlands’ parade is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue. 

  • Community meeting in El Valle on Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Thursday, the San Miguel County Planning Committee will host the latest in its series of public community meetings to gather input on its new comprehensive plan.

    Thursday’s meeting will take place at Valley Middle School in El Valle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    For information, go to www.co.sanmiguel.nm.us or contact Alex Tafoya at 505-454-1074.

  • Car show tribute

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    The second annual Tribute to 9-11 event included a Sunday car show at Gene Torres Golf Course. Enthusiasts from far and wide brought in their cars and took advantage of the final warm, dry weekends of the summer months.

  • Distinguished NMHU Alumnus: Tomás E. Salazar

    NOTE: The following is the first in a series of profiles of Highlands University's Distinguished Alumni honorees as NMHU celebrates Homecoming this month.

    Tomás E. Salazar, the first Hispanic from New Mexico to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of New Mexico, is a lifelong education leader and former dean of Highlands’ College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Abq. woman, man arrested after landlord dispute and fight

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An Albuquerque man and woman were recently arrested after Las Vegas Police say a landlord punched a tenant and the man with her pulled out a gun.

    Rafael A. Calderon, 39, and Ernestine Saiz, 50, both of Albuquerque, were taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center on the evening of Sept. 6.

    Las Vegas Police were called to an address in the 600 block of Porter Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. initially because Saiz had advised police she wanted to serve her tenants with an eviction notice. 

  • Santa Fe protesters stand ground against trespassing charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A criminal defense attorney said Monday that protesters were acting within their rights when arrested in Santa Fe at a rally against a re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico, challenging local law enforcement's handling of the event.

    Eight people arrested by Santa Fe police last week pleaded not guilty Monday in municipal court to charges of criminal trespassing that could carry penalties of 90 days in jail or a $500 fine — or both.

  • Culinary entrepreneurship open for business at LCC

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you want to take your culinary entrepreneurship to the next level and attract wholesale buyers, La Cocina Commercial Kitchen at Luna Community College is ready to sign you up.

    Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Hendrickson said in a recent interview that final regulatory issues are being addressed, and kitchen users are encouraged to start applying.

  • Remediation moves ahead at Hotel Castañeda

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Visiting the website for the Hotel Castañeda, www.hotelcastaneda.org reveals at least two things: the site is under construction, and its domain type, as a “dot org,” reminds visitors that the site belongs to a nonprofit.

  • Police: gun fired near Las Vegas bar

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was arrested after a recent incident in which a handgun was fired from a moving vehicle.

    Las Vegas Police say Ron M. Montoya, 25, is the person who fired a handgun at pedestrians from the passenger seat of a car on Aug. 27. He was later charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, negligent use of a deadly weapon while under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic. He was released from the San Miguel Detention Center to the custody of his mother the following day, Aug. 28.