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  • By George, he had it

    By Phaedra Haywood, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    Funeral arrangements were pending late last week for George Edwin Adelo Jr., renowned musician, lawyer, businessman, father, friend and proud Pecoseño who died Monday evening from complications related to an infection. He was 64.

  • Licenses up to snuff, PED says

    The New Mexico Public Education Department recently replied to the Optic’s request to check on the names of several area educators and the status of their licensing, and there has been no action taken to revoke, suspend or otherwise affect any license in the group.

    West Las Vegas Middle and High School Dean of Students Thomas Trujillo, former Pecos High School Principal and Special Education Director Claire Lazar and former Mora special-education coordinator Vanessa Sidransky all have valid licenses with no special notations or conditions.

  • George R.R. Martin mixes business, politics at film forum

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Author and film producer George R. R. Martin waded into the politics of movie-industry tax breaks last week while endorsing a prominent Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico.

    Martin, a longtime Santa Fe resident and author of fantasy novels behind the “Game of Thrones” television series, made a plea to raise or eliminate New Mexico’s $50 million annual limit on the state’s tax incentive for film production.

  • Women veterans dental program open in Las Vegas

    Submitted to the Optic

    The statewide New Mexico Women Veterans Smile Program is available for women veterans in Las Vegas. The program, begun by civilian volunteers and funded by the NM Beverage Association, has served more than 15 women veterans.

    Dental Association Foundation Executive Director Linda Paul said the program is looking for more women veterans from around the state. The Veterans Administration does not provide dental services to veterans unless they are 100 percent disabled or wounded in service.

  • Corrections

    Two items in recent stories about the City of Las Vegas were incorrect. David Trujillo, the son of Richard Trujillo, was recently promoted from investigator to sergeant. His rank was listed incorrectly in a recent story.

    Also, two employees who are no longer with the city had their department misidentified in a story. Estalano Chavez and Diego Trujillo both worked for the city’s Solid Waste Department.

  • Flying high again

    Photo by Theresa Wesner/For the Optic

    West Las Vegas cheerleader Kennedy Branchal soars above the Bernalillo High School field during a recent road game for the Dons. West and its cheerleaders, staff and supporters will be the visitors again this week when it plays at Robertson on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Vegas Bowl 57, also known as the East-West Game.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Balderas, Presbyterian in settlement talks

    ALBUQUERQUE — It’s possible a standoff over millions of dollars in insurance premium taxes could be resolved now that New Mexico’s attorney general and the state’s largest health-care insurance provider are talking.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office confirmed Friday the parties are in settlement discussions and look forward to resolving the case for the good of the state.

  • Presbyterian tops list for unpaid taxes

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A newly released audit places Presbyterian Health Plan at the top of a list of 17 insurance companies with unpaid taxes that are owed to the state of New Mexico.

    Records released by the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor on Tuesday to the Associated Press show a $28.9 million underpayment of taxes at the for-profit arm of Presbyterian Healthcare Services since 2003.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 25, 2017

    The Associated Press

    ‘Ask A Mexican’ column will be no more

    ALBUQUERQUE — The “Ask A Mexican” column, a satirical weekly installment about U.S. Latinos that once ran in more than three dozen alternative weekly newspapers across the country, is coming to an end.

  • Suspicious vehicle call leads to drug bust at Walmart

    A Las Vegas man was arrested Sunday night after drugs were found in a vehicle and on his person.

    Randolph P. Valdez, 32, of the 3000 block of Ernest Road, was arrested at about 11:55 Sunday night while in possession of what Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño described as a large quantity of narcotics. 

    Police were called to Walmart at about 11:53 p.m. for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Police located the car —a black Cadliac passenger vehicle — and found two people waiting inside the vehicle.