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  • Velarde, several others no longer with city

    A termination was amid a recent batch of turnover in City of Las Vegas staff.

    Annette Velarde, once the city’s director of community development, was recently “dismissed,” according to City Public Information Officer Lee Einer.

    Velarde, who had been with the city’s community development director for less than a year, was reassigned to her previous position as event planner and film liaison in late June. She had been with the city since April 2014.

  • Contributors flock to Lujan Grisham in governor’s race

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign for governor raised nearly $1.4 million over the past six months, giving her an early financial advantage over Democratic and Republican rivals including GOP congressman Steve Pearce, according to state disclosure forms filed Monday.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 11, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Trump re: Sec. of State: ‘I’ll win’

  • Pecos NHP Receives ‘field trip’ grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    Pecos National Historical Park was selected to receive a 2017 field trip grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks.

    Pecos National Historical Park will partner with Pecos Independent Schools and El Dorado Community School for the 2017-18 school year to help educate their fourth grade classes both in the park and in the classroom.

    This grant, part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, supports Every Kid in a Park.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017

    Wire and staff reports

    Candidate guide released

    SANTA FE — New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver recently announced that the 2018 Candidate Information Guide is now available online on the Secretary of State’s website.

    The document is designed to help candidates for federal, statewide or county office in New Mexico meet important deadlines and comply with state campaign laws.

  • Hundreds more firefighters deploy to fight California blazes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. — Hundreds more firefighters and law enforcement officials headed Tuesday to parts of Northern California to battle wildfires that have killed at least 11 people, including a 100-year-old man and his 98-year-old wife who were unable to escape their burning home.

    Authorities hoped cooler weather and lighter winds would help crews get a handle on the fires, which are among the deadliest in California history and were still burning completely uncontained.

  • Man suffers broken arm, eye socket in attack

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was taken into custody last weekend after police say he struck another man with a large wooden object.

    Samuel Coca, 37, is charged with battery with a deadly weapon for an alleged Sept. 29 incident that Las Vegas Police say happened at about 4 p.m. An officer was dispatched to the 500 block of Bernalillo Street after Darlene Coca, Samuel’s mother, called police to report an assault.

  • College students, staff among the 800,000 affected by DACA uncertainty

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Thursday was the deadline for those protected under a special federeal immigration program to apply for renewal.

    For one San Miguel County college graduate, the apparent changes to that program hit close to home. Neyli Castillo said has always been a safe haven and a place of opportunity for her.

  • School threat tied to song lyrics

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Nothing seems to provoke concern and anxiety among parents quite like hearing the word “lockdown” associated with their child’s school.

    That term was used last week in describing a situation at Robertson High School. However, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper says that term doesn’t really apply to the response from administrators and school security.

    Also, he feels the entire situation could have easily been avoided.

  • Amtrak train derails near Valmora

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    An Amtrak train derailed near a crossing of Highway 97 near Valmora about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the rail service’s officials.

    There were no injuries reported in the derailment, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. The train hit a boulder that had fallen onto the tracks, and went off of the railway, but none of the train cars tipped over.