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  • Vegas native promoted to key post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Shaun Sanchez, a native of Las Vegas, has been chosen as the new deputy chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, under the Department of the Interior.

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  • Jail Log Oct. 23, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 9 and Oct. 16:
    Elauterio Lujan, 35, seven-day commitment
    Phillip Sweeney, 42, aggravated DWI, aggravated fleeing, driving on suspended license, aggravated assault on a police office, speeding, reckless driving, failure to stop, no seatbelt, no insurance, no registration, open container
    Toby Garcia, 35, abuse of a child (cruelly confined, or cruelly punished)
    Ruben Ulibarri, 50, failure to register as a sex offender

  • Science café focuses on environmental toxins

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A free public science café at Highlands University at 5:30 p.m. on Monday features a scientist who will shed light on how daily exposure to common environmental toxins can affect body size and development.

    Sheryl Smith, a biochemist and expert in environmental toxins, will lead the science café. She is a professor.

  • UPDATE: Trujillo surrenders education licenses

    Update: After the following story went to press, the state Public Education Department issued a statement announcing that Mora Superintendent Charles Trujillo has surrendered his education licenses.

    "When we learned of the claims against Superintendent Charles Trujillo, we immediately launched an investigation and began working with State Police," PED spokesman Robert McEntyre wrote. "This afternoon, Superintendent Trujillo has agreed to surrender his education licenses."

  • City police staff conducts active shooter training

    It’s not a scenario anyone wants to imagine: An active shooter makes his way into your office building and begins his rampage.

    What should you do to increase your odds of surviving such an attack?

    Las Vegas city employees were asked that question last week during active-shooter training sessions at City Hall.

    Gilbert Martinez, the city’s safety officer, requested that the city’s police department provide the training to all city office workers.

  • Duran proposes new campaign finance rules

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico official facing criminal charges for misusing campaign contributions is proposing new campaign finance rules.

    Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s office plans to present a slate of proposals at a public hearing on Friday, including some that regulate how candidates can spend money donated to them, reported The Albuquerque Journal.

    The secretary has final say on the new rules, and Duran’s office wants them in place before next year’s election.

  • Justices: Chopper search violated property owner’s rights

    By Mary Hudetz
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Supreme Court ruled Monday that a flyover of a Taos County man’s home during a state police investigation into marijuana-growing operations amounted to a warrantless search of his property and violated his constitutional rights.

  • Prosecutors home in on human trafficking, money laundering

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Top prosecutors from several U.S. states are looking to bolster relationships with their counterparts in Mexico to tackle a rise in human trafficking and money laundering crimes.

    Drug running and weapons smuggling continue to be dangers along the border, but New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas said Monday that organized crime is becoming more sophisticated and is seeing higher profits from human trafficking.

  • Official: State has work to do on grad rates

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico education officials say graduation numbers released by the federal government show that the state still has work to do.

    Public Education spokesman Robert McEntyre says the state is investing in truancy and dropout prevention coaches and early warning systems to keep more kids in school. He says officials hope those program help improve rates in future years.

    The U.S. Education Department said Monday that New Mexico was one of only five states that saw declines in its graduation rates.