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  • Wrapping up Longmire
  • New alums
  • Weather - June 9, 2017


    HIGH 91° / LOW 54°
    Sunny, with a high near 91. West wind 10 to 15 mph. Friday night — partly cloudy, with a low around 54. Southwest wind 10 to 15 mph.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.


  • Do you still need a New Mexico Real ID?

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic, Editor

    When Iline Ireland first made a trip to the Las Vegas office of New Mexico’s Motor Vehicle Division, she wasn’t sure if she had all the right documentation to get a new “Real ID.”

    After more visits with the MVD and multiple phone calls to out-of-state offices, Ireland is a few steps closer to getting her Real ID. However, the time and other resources needed to accomplish these steps has been a large challenge.

  • Union files suit against Mora Schools

    The saga continues between Mora Independent Schools and the school’s teachers union. The issue is the reinstatement of three terminated employees, Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas. Former superintendent LeeAnn Salazar-Montoya fired the three from their positions within the school district last summer.

    In late August, the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico, seeking the reinstatement of the educators, filed a grievance against the district claiming the three were wrongfully terminated.

  • Charles Trujillo due in court again on Friday

    Former Mora schools superintendent Charles Trujillo is heading back to court on Friday for a preliminary hearing with Magistrate Judge Christopher Anthony Baca. Friday’s court hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at the San Miguel Magistrate Court on Seventh Street in Las Vegas.

    Trujillo is facing a slew of fraud and forgery charges for using fake credentials to obtain state educator licenses and high-paying administrative positions with the Mora and Pecos school districts.

  • A cleaner river
  • County Democrats have first website

    Las Vegas Optic report

    The San Miguel Democratic Party recently announced the launch if its first website today. The website, Sanmiguelcountydemocrats.org was launched in an effort to improve communications within the Democratic Party in the County, according to newly elected chairman Martín Leger.

  • In Brief - News - June 7, 2017

    Bill Cosby trial begins
    NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Bill Cosby went on trial Monday on charges he drugged and sexually assaulted a woman more than a decade ago, with prosecutors immediately introducing evidence the 79-year-old TV star once known as America’s Dad had done it before to someone else.

    The prosecution’s opening witness was not the person Cosby is charged with abusing, but another woman, who broke down in tears as she testified that the comedian violated her in the mid-1990s at a hotel bungalow in Los Angeles.

  • Weather - June 7, 2017


    HIGH 80° / LOW 50°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 50 percent.
    5:45 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.