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  • In Brief - News - April 3, 2016

    The Associated Press and Optic Staff

    Info sought in poaching case

    RATON – Department of Game and Fish conservation officers are seeking information regarding a suspected illegal killing of a buck pronghorn antelope sometime Wednesday, March 30, between Raton and Clayton.

  • Sen. seeks opinion on testing

    The Associated Press

    A state senator from southwest New Mexico wants Attorney General Hector Balderas to weigh in on whether parents can legally opt out their children from taking an upcoming standardized test.

    Democrat Howie Morales of Silver City says parents have a fundamental right to direct the education of their children and that includes whether they take assessments developed by the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers, or PARCC.

    Morales sent a letter to Balderas on Thursday, asking for a formal opinion.

  • Exploration of underwater cave turns deadly

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    and Paul Davenport
    The Associated Press

    A deep-water exploration of the maze-like passageways underneath a well-known swimming hole in New Mexico turned deadly when an experienced California diver helping with the effort drowned.

    Authorities said Thursday the investigation suggests 43-year-old Shane Thompson’s death below the Blue Hole, a tourist destination in the community of Santa Rosa, was an accidental drowning.

  • Students of all abilities welcome

    By Mary Keck and Lauren Slavin
    The Herald-Times

    BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — It’s Circle Time in Ellie Richardson’s preschool class at Clear Creek Elementary.

    On a red, blue, orange and green rug covered in squares, about 10 children sit cross-legged. They sing, clap and wiggle as they count the number of days that have passed on the March calendar and say their ABCs.

  • Blaze consumes 750 acres
  • Mozart Fest is Sunday

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The New Mexico Bach Society Chorale and Orchestra join the Highlands University Madrigal Choir and Concert Choir for Mozart Fest 2016 Sunday at 2 p.m.

    The performance in Ilfeld Auditorium is the largest classical music celebration ever performed at Highlands. Ticket prices are $8 general admission, with no charge for students with valid IDs.

    Ilfeld Auditorium is at 900 University Ave., Las Vegas.

  • Teachers challenge ban on test criticism

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging a regulation that prohibits New Mexico teachers and other public school employees from disparaging standardized tests.

    The lawsuit against the New Mexico Public Education Department was filed in Santa Fe District Court on behalf of five public school teachers in Albuquerque and Santa Fe, along with a parent of an Albuquerque student.

  • Southwest Capital Bank promotes Garcia to executive vice president post

    Submitted to the Optic

    Southwest Capital Bank has promoted Sharon Garcia to the position of executive vice president.

    Garcia recently completed her 20th anniversary at Southwest Capital Bank.  She began her career with the bank in 1995 when it was known as The Bank of Las Vegas. Garcia continued to climb up the banking ladder, receiving promotions along the way. 

  • Jail Log April 1, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 23  and March 29:
    Diego Romero, 26, breaking and entering, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Gerald Nailor, 27, failure to pay child support, failure to pay, failure to pay fines and fees, bench warrant, SM District/SM Magistrate/ Santa Fe
    Michael Garcia, 36, drinking in public
    William Higgins, 52, trafficking a controlled substance, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia

  • 2 businesses robbed last week

    Las Vegas police arrested a man moments after Little Caesars Pizza on Friday was robbed, but authorities are still looking for the man who robbed the Giant gas station in Romeroville on Saturday.

    State police have released a surveillance photo of the suspect in the robbery of the Giant station and are asking anyone who recognizes him to call the Las Vegas state police office at 425-6771. The suspect is described as a Hispanic male, about 6 feet tall, weighing about 200 pounds. Authorities believe that he is between 25 and 35 years old.