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  • Young eclipse watchers

    Valley Elementary and Middle School in El Pueblo students took time to observe the solar eclipse that happened late last month.

  • Distinguished Highlands alumnus: Chris Gutierrez

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    NOTE: This is the second in a series of profiles of the six 2017 Distinguished Alumni being honored this month by Highlands University as part of its Homecoming celebration.

    Chris Gutierrez is the youngest superintendent in the history of the 1,400-student West Las Vegas School District in New Mexico. Gutierrez, 37, earned his M.A. in educational leadership from Highlands in 2013 and a B.A. in general science for secondary teachers in 2005.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

    From The Associated Press

    Balderas doesn’t want to testify at trial

    SANTA FE — Prosecutors asked a state court Monday to reject an unusual effort to call New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas as a witness at a high-profile corruption trial being prosecuted by his office.

  • New Mexico's longest-serving senator dies

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico lawmakers and others are remembering former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici as someone who was known for putting politics aside and building relationships on both sides of the aisle.

    Domenici died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital. He was 85.

  • Homecoming parades set for Friday, Saturday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    West Las Vegas High School and Highlands University are both hosting Homecoming parades this week. West will host its parade Friday, with an 11:30 a.m. lineup for the 1 p.m. parade An exact route wasn’t available at press time, but the route typically involves the area around the high school and Bridge Street, as well as Sixth Street and Lowe’s Grocery shopping center on Mills Avenue. Highlands’ parade is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. Lineup begins at 10 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Street and Friedman Avenue. 

  • Community meeting in El Valle on Thursday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Thursday, the San Miguel County Planning Committee will host the latest in its series of public community meetings to gather input on its new comprehensive plan.

    Thursday’s meeting will take place at Valley Middle School in El Valle from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    For information, go to www.co.sanmiguel.nm.us or contact Alex Tafoya at 505-454-1074.

  • Car show tribute

    Photo by Theresa Wesner

    The second annual Tribute to 9-11 event included a Sunday car show at Gene Torres Golf Course. Enthusiasts from far and wide brought in their cars and took advantage of the final warm, dry weekends of the summer months.

  • Distinguished NMHU Alumnus: Tomás E. Salazar

    NOTE: The following is the first in a series of profiles of Highlands University's Distinguished Alumni honorees as NMHU celebrates Homecoming this month.

    Tomás E. Salazar, the first Hispanic from New Mexico to earn a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of New Mexico, is a lifelong education leader and former dean of Highlands’ College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Abq. woman, man arrested after landlord dispute and fight

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An Albuquerque man and woman were recently arrested after Las Vegas Police say a landlord punched a tenant and the man with her pulled out a gun.

    Rafael A. Calderon, 39, and Ernestine Saiz, 50, both of Albuquerque, were taken to the San Miguel County Detention Center on the evening of Sept. 6.

    Las Vegas Police were called to an address in the 600 block of Porter Avenue at about 6:30 p.m. initially because Saiz had advised police she wanted to serve her tenants with an eviction notice. 

  • Santa Fe protesters stand ground against trespassing charges

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — A criminal defense attorney said Monday that protesters were acting within their rights when arrested in Santa Fe at a rally against a re-enactment of the return of Spanish conquerors to New Mexico, challenging local law enforcement's handling of the event.

    Eight people arrested by Santa Fe police last week pleaded not guilty Monday in municipal court to charges of criminal trespassing that could carry penalties of 90 days in jail or a $500 fine — or both.