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  • Jail Log - Oct. 15, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12.

    Zayan Hernandez, 18, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.

    Brian Poisson, 39, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Kevin Gutierrez, 29, probation violation, failure to report, Adult Probation.

    Greg Hebel, 46, aggravated DWI, open container, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • State Supreme Court: No relief for public defenders

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court won’t intervene on behalf of public defenders who say they are overwhelmed by cases from poor defendants facing jail time, court officials said this week.

    A state agency overseeing public defenders has insisted that its attorneys in various parts of the state are wrongfully being forced to take on more cases than they can handle without neglecting indigent defendants who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.

  • President search to start over

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After four months of discussion since Luna Community College’s Board of Trustees terminated the school’s previous president, and beginning to assemble a search committee, the board changed course this week.

  • Man set to face trial on deadly weapon charge

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man has a pre-trial hearing and a trial scheduled as he faces a number of charges from a July 21 incident.

    James Barber, 62, was arrested at an apartment complex along Mountain View Drive after he pulled out a weapon at the home of a woman and challenged and spat upon police.

  • City to host Old West outlaw-themed Halloween event

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection is inaugurating a new holiday tradition. The City Museum will have a Halloween Trick-Or-Treat event at the museum on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, incorporating a mixture of history and candy.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Oct. 13, 2017

    The Associated Press

    School board member quits

    ALBUQUERQUE — An Albuquerque school board member has resigned following an investigation into her role at a charter school under scrutiny in an embezzlement case.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Tuesday that Analee Maestas resigned from her position effective immediately. Balderas says Analee Maestas was no longer qualified because of concerns regarding misuse of public funds at La Promesa Early Learning Center.

  • Comments sought on bike network

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico transportation officials want to establish a statewide bicycle network and they’re asking for the public’s help.

    The Transportation Department announced Wednesday that it has set up a website where cyclists and others can share information as part of the planning process for prioritizing routes that are safe and offer the most connectivity.

    The site for the project is www.bhinc.com/nm-bike-plan/

  • Changes for KNME in western San Miguel County

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Public television station KNME / New Mexico PBS’s Digital translator signals Tecolote Channel 49 will be changing to Channel 18 on October 10. This Translator Channel change will impact the Tecolote, Romeroville, and surrounding communities.

    New Mexico PBS will continue to be seen on Ch. 5, but you must rescan your converter box if you receive your TV signal over-the-air, via an antenna. Cable, DISH and DirecTV customers will be unaffected.

  • Conchas-area road to close

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A section of Lodge Road, near Conchas Lake, will be closed for road construction beginning this week. Road construction location will be from intersection of Hwy 433 and Lodge Road to South Recreation Boat Ramp, a distance of 1.5 miles.

    All roads leading to the construction area will be barricaded and signage will be posted for any traffic detours. There will be no access to the South Recreation Boat Ramp during construction for approximately 90 days.

  • County approves DACA, climate change resolutions

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Feeling the need to support a pair of causes that have been in the news a great deal the past few years, the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners voted Tuesday to unanimously approve a pair of resolutions that run counter to what’s happened recently at the federal level.