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  • For The Donald, it’s about America’s ego — and his own

    By Nancy Benac
    The Associated Press

    Donald Trump once owned up to the force driving him in life: ego.

    “Almost every deal I have ever done has been at least partly for my ego,” the billionaire declared in a 1995 New York Times piece titled, “What My Ego Wants, My Ego Gets.”

  • Mora Middle school student attends UNM Law Camp

    Submitted to the Optic

    Diego Aragon, an incoming seventh grader at Mora Middle School, recently attended the University of New Mexico Law Camp.

    The program is a one-week camp sponsored by the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association, State Bar of New Mexico, UNM College Enrichment and Outreach Program, ENLACE, and several law firms in New Mexico and other financial contributors.

  • Local eatery robbed at gunpoint

    Las Vegas police took a 22-year-old Las Vegas man into custody on Thursday morning for allegedly robbing Taco Bell the previous night.

    Richard Marquez, who resides on the 1300 block of First Street, has been charged with armed robbery, a second-degree felony.

    The probable cause statement filed by the Las Vegas Police Department states that the robbery occurred just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Summer program assists school kids

    Summer is in full swing for students and teachers. But 165 students and 17 teachers are back in the classroom, this time for the K-3 Plus summer program at Las Vegas City Schools.

    “It is a very exciting to have this program,” Superintendent Kelt Cooper said. “It is a really good start-up program."

  • Charter school director resigns

    Rio Gallinas School for Ecology and the Arts is looking for a new director.  

    Gerald Garcia, the current director, has submitted his resignation. Garcia had just completed his second year of a three-year contract.

  • NM food-aid investigation ignites new concerns

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The first results of a joint state and federal investigation into whether New Mexico state officials falsified emergency food benefit applications to meet federal deadlines is raising new concerns that aid may not be reaching those in need.

  • Presbyterian pulling out of New Mexico health exchange

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Officials with Presbyterian Health Plan say the insurance company will no longer offer individual and family plans on the Affordable Care Act marketplace in New Mexico starting next year.

    The decision will affect 10,000 exchange members, 80 percent of whom now receive federal subsidies. Presbyterian has sent letters to members notifying them of the changes.

    Presbyterian officials say patients who purchased on the exchange used medical services 30 percent more than other patient groups off the exchange.

  • In Brief - News - July 15, 2016

    The Associated Press

  • Ex-deputy pleads guilty

    The Associated Press

    A former Colfax County Sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to federal drug trafficking and theft of government property charges.

    Prosecutors say 46-year-old Vidal Sandoval, of Cimarron, entered his plea Wednesday.

    The FBI and the New Mexico State Police arrested Sandoval in March 2015 for allegedly trying to possess cocaine with intent to distribute in Colfax County the previous month.

  • Jail Log - July 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 5 and July 12: