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  • Jail Log - Sept. 10, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7:

    Anthony Silva, 55, probation violation: under the influence of alcohol, Adult Probation.

    Samantha Quintana, 30, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine), Adult Probation. David Leyba, 35, failure to appear for child support, Mora County.

    Charlie Vega, 29, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (four counts), child abuse (four counts), San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 10, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7:

    Anthony Silva, 55, probation violation: under the influence of alcohol, Adult Probation.

    Samantha Quintana, 30, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine), Adult Probation. David Leyba, 35, failure to appear for child support, Mora County.

    Charlie Vega, 29, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (four counts), child abuse (four counts), San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Highlands mourns loss of chemistry professor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Las Vegas Optic reports Highlands University is mourning the Sept. 4 death of Robert Amai, a beloved chemistry professor emeritus.

    Amai taught full time at Highlands from 1962 to 1988, chairing the Chemistry Department from 1969 to 1974. In 1986, he became the first faculty member to receive the Professor of the Year Award and Distinguished Service to the University Award in a single year.

    After retiring, Amai stepped in as needed to teach chemistry classes and lead research projects at Highlands.

  • Students take to streets to defend DACA principles

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    The signs spoke volumes.

    “Resist,” “We are here to stay,” “Education, not deportation” were some of the slogans on display during a demonstration Tuesday afternoon at Highlands University. Demonstrations occurred across the country after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the dismantling of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

  • Robbery victim kidnapped, forced to strip

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was taken to jail last week after Las Vegas Police say he and another man forced a third man to strip naked at gunpoint while committing a robbery — even though the victim was apparently also provided heroin by the accused.

  • Highlands set to celebrate with parade and much more

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Homecoming is getting under way slightly earlier than usual at Highlands University — but the variety of events and activities will still be vast. This year’s NMHU Homecoming festivities begin Friday and continue through Sept. 17.

  • City Lodgers board makes recommendation

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    In Tuesday’s two-hour, 15-minute special meeting, the City of Las Vegas Lodgers Tax Advisory Board didn’t do a lot of voting or creating of recommendations.

    However, it cleared up a number of responsibility-sharing questions involving the role of the board versus those of various city staff and the Las Vegas City Council, and did make one concrete short-term recommendation on how to distribute lodgers tax funds.

  • Mora County sues opioid manufacturers

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic editor

    Mora County is not the biggest place with the most resources. In fact, it's the sixth smallest county in New Mexico, both in area and population.

    However, the small county has decided it has had enough of a enormous problem and is trying to take the lead in tackling it. An Albuquerque law firm, in a recent news release, claims Mora County has become the first New Mexico governmental entity to seek damages against the manufacturers and distributors of opioid pain killers.

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  • MainStreet de Las Vegas receives PGP grant

    Submitted to the Optic

    Preserving Las Vegas history is the shared job of public and private organizations, including the nonprofit MainStreet de Las Vegas.