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  • Does the City of Las Vegas have enough police officers?

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Years of debate have taken place between the City of Las Vegas and and its police department over what constitutes proper police staffing. The Optic decided to not only include some numbers from departments in similar-sized cities around the region, but also got feedback from police chiefs and other city officials about how they determine the proper amount of police to hire.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Oct. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Money flowing to Pearce coffers

    SANTA FE — Republican Congressman Steve Pearce says his campaign for governor has raised more than $1 million in less than three months.

    Pearce said in a news release Thursday his campaign has received money from at least 930 contributors ahead of 2018 primary and general elections. The Pearce campaign has not yet made public its list of contributors and other detailed financial information due Monday at the Secretary of State’s Office.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 6, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Dannon cuts ties with Panthers QB

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dannon, the maker of Oikos yogurt, is cutting ties with spokesman Cam Newton following what the company perceives as “sexist” comments the Carolina quarterback made to a female reporter.

    Company spokesperson Michael Neuwirth released a statement Thursday saying it was “shocked and disheartened” at the former league MVP’s behavior and comments toward Jourdan Rodrigue, a Charlotte Observer reporter.

  • State quiet on origins of proposed school science standards

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Public Education Department won't explain the origin of changes to the state's public school science standards that omit all references to climate change caused by human activity.

  • Auditor’s office to mayor: don’t shred files

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While it will likely take some time before the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor comes up with reportable findings from the special audit it’s beginning of the City of Las Vegas, the office has already found it necessary to issue a written advisory to city officials.

  • A much-anticipated opening

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    Isaac and Shawna Sandoval are getting closer to opening day for their fast-casual restaurant.

    The Skillet is full of flair that sizzles like bacon frying in a cast- iron pan. Foodies will soon be able to chow down on old favorites and sample new menu items.

    The food truck with an attitude and funky decor is now a 90-seat restaurant and bar.

    The new digs will open soon in the old wool warehouse on 12th Street. Avant-garde art and a trendy ambiance invite diners to sit awhile.

  • A break in the rains

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    Robertson High School’s annual Homecoming events took place last week and over the weekend amid unusually rainy weather. The week was highlighted by the Cardinals’ 33-20 outlasting of Taos in Friday night’s muddy Homecoming football game. The skies held off long enough Friday for the Homecoming parade to be completed without being drenched.

  • Official cause released in boarding house death

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has determined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the cause of death of a man taken who died January while living in a Las Vegas boarding house.

    Michael Whalen, 63, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he later died, on Jan. 19.

  • N.M. gets funding for home visiting program

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded $3.5 million to continue providing home-visiting services to pregnant women and to parents with young children.
    The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the funding will help provide valuable information, resources and skills to at-risk families to ensure their children grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to learn.
    The program targets pregnant women as early as possible, providing health education.
    One focus is prenatal care within the first trimester.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Artwork gets showing after Nev. shooting
    SANTA FE — Artwork forged out of decommissioned firearms is going on display at a Santa Fe gallery in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
    Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is promoting the free-admission show scheduled Saturday at the Center for Contemporary Arts in an effort to raise awareness and money for gun-buyback events.