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  • In Brief - News - June 18, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Trump tweets he is target
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump confirmed Friday he was under investigation and appeared to challenge the credibility of a senior Justice Department official, in a tweet that seemed to encapsulate his frustration with the ongoing focus on Russia’s involvement in the 2016 election.

    “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” the president wrote in his tweet.

  • Wildfire rages near Jemez, Valles Caldera

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A wildfire burned several hundred acres late last week between the Jemez area of the Santa Fe National Forest and was moving east toward the Valles Caldera, southwest of Los Alamos, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

    The El Cajete fire, as of Friday morning, was reported to be between the Jemez Ranger District on the Santa Fe National Forest, on both sides of NM Highway 4, along the southern boundary of the Valles Caldera National Preserve, burning more than 700 acres so far.

  • Jail Log - June 18, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 9 and June 13:

  • Weather - June 18, 2017


    HIGH 82 / LOW 52°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southeast in the afternoon. Sunday night ­—
    partly cloudy, with a low around 52.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:19 p.m.


  • New Army officer
  • Where’s the money?

    Correction — June 21, 2017

    In the June 16 Optic story titled “Where’s the money?” HB 641’s path to become law was described incorrectly. It was a New Mexico House bill that was amended by the Senate and sent back to the House for final approval before it was sent to the governor’s desk.

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    One New Mexico state tax measure, passed in 2013, might have ramifications that are affecting the state’s available state tax revenue.

  • ‘Sanctuary’ status discussed with county leaders

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    “Sanctuary status” is a term with an evolving definition. This week, some Highlands University students and a professor asked the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners to further articulate its definition.

  • Council hears from marketing firm at work session

    Correction - June 21, 2017

    In the June 16 Optic story titled “Council hears from marketing firm at work session,” Las Vegas City spokesman Lee Einer said City Manager Richard Trujillo’s enrollment in a certification program (for city managers) is not a new development.

    The certification program was a condition of Trujillo’s hire as city manager. It is a requirement of the city’s charter and Trujillo remains enrolled in the program.

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

  • Woman charged with DWI after heading wrong way on I-25

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas woman was booked on aggravated DWI charges Sunday after a New Mexico State Police officer pulled her over while she was driving south in the northbound lanes of I-25.

    At about 4 p.m. Sunday, New Mexico State Police dispatch received several calls about a wrong-way driver near Mile Marker 357, north of Las Vegas.

  • Suit focused on K-12 funding

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A lawsuit that could upend the way New Mexico’s public schools are funded went to trial Monday to resolve accusations that the state is failing to meet constitutional obligations to provide essential educational opportunities to all students.

    Parents, school districts and advocacy groups say that New Mexico’s education system isn’t meeting its responsibilities for Native American students, low-income students and those learning English as a second language.