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  • $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

  • Halloween fun
  • 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.

  • Visitation for girl killed in road rage shooting

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Community members paid their respects Monday evening at a public visitation for a 4-year-old girl who was killed last week in a road rage shooting on an Albuquerque freeway.

    The wake for Lilly Garcia was held at Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church after hundreds of people gathered Saturday at a candlelight vigil.

  • Halloween fire safety tips

    Submitted to the Optic

    Costumed children excitedly running door to door to trick-or-treat, festive decorations like glowing jack-o-lanterns, paper ghosts and dried cornstalks adorning front porches ­­­­— these are some of the classic hallmarks of Halloween that make the holiday special for kids and adults alike.

  • Suspect in Mora homicides identified

    A 45-year-old Mora County man is facing two counts of second-degree murder and two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

    Donald Valdez, who resides on County Road A030, turned himself into state police after the shootings and admitted to the crimes after being read his Miranda Warnings, according to a probable cause statement filed in Mora County Magistrate Court this morning.

  • Duran pleads guilty, resigns

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran pleaded guilty to embezzlement and other charges Friday after abruptly resigning amid a fraud investigation that alleges she siphoned off thousands of dollars from her election account and withdrew the money at casinos around the state.

  • Trujillo on paid leave

    MORA — Charles Trujillo, who agreed to surrender his educator licenses last Tuesday, will continue drawing a check as the Mora Independent School District’s superintendent, at least for now.

  • School kids learn through ‘Lights On’ program

    The cafeteria at Sierra Vista Elementary was packed Thursday night with eager children learning about math, science and technology.

    The occasion was a “Lights On” event held to celebrate after-school programs across the nation. The district’s after-school program is coordinated through the 21st Century program.