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  • Rape convict to serve time locally

    A Las Vegas man, who faced possible state prison time on a charge of criminal sexual penetration, will instead serve his time in the county’s detention center.

    Francisco Maestas, 23, was sentenced June 29 to one year in San Miguel County Detention Center for a crime to which he pleaded guilty in January. San Miguel District Court Judge Abigail Aragon technically ordered an 18-month state sentence for Maestas, but six months of the sentence are suspended, and will be permitted to serve his sentence at the county jail.

  • Suspects in three murder cases await court dates

    Suspects in three different San Miguel County murder cases are at various stages as their cases move ahead.

    Ruth Rivera of Ribera and Daniel Sullivan of Las Vegas have trials scheduled, while Richard J. Griego of Villanueva does not have a trial date yet, according to court records.

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  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 19, 2017

    The Associated Press
    County sheriff recall possible
    PORTALES — A group of residents in eastern New Mexico want to launch efforts aimed at recalling Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker.

    The Eastern New Mexico News reports the group is asking a state district judge to allow them to circulate a recall petition.

    Records show the petition claims “Malin Parker has a policy, custom and routine of retaliating against any individual(s) ... who oppose him and his policies.”

  • Weather - July 19, 2017


    HIGH 87°/ LOW 56°
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night ­— partly cloudy, with a low around 56. South wind 5 to 15 mph.
    6 a.m. to 8:14 p.m.


  • Events to honor ancestral connections to the outdoors

    Submitted to the Optic

    Latino Conservation Week  is coming up, and the nonprofit organization Hispanics Enjoying Camping, Hunting & the Outdoors will be celebrating this weekend in Las Vegas and the surrounding areas with events that are free and open to the public. The three days of activities highlight Latino connections to the outdoors, stewardship of the land, and maintaining generations-old traditions in camping.

  • AP Explains: Why term ‘la raza’ has complicated roots

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The National Council of La Raza announced this week that it was changing its name to UnidosUS, dropping a word that has deep roots but may have hurt the organization in moving toward the future.

    The change to remove “la raza” comes amid a backlash from conservatives and a desire by the civil rights group to appeal to younger Latinos in the United States.

  • Judge dismisses suit against New Mexico A.G.

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A New Mexico district court judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Attorney General Hector Balderas in the firing of six former employees.

    District Judge Sarah Singleton ruled this week that Balderas acted within his authority in firing the attorneys shortly after his election in 2014.

    Singleton also says a two year statute of limitations had run out on allegations of wrongful termination.

  • WLV graduate learns how our nation’s capital works

    Young people are approached all the time and asked how they plan to resolve dilemmas current government leaders have wrestled with for decades.

    As those young people begin to help shape the future of our world, they first learn about how government is designed to work — something Kyanna Spaulding is learning about firsthand in Washington, D.C.

  • Castellano will maintain seat on West school board

    West Las Vegas School Board Member Ambrosio Castellano is following his dream of becoming an attorney.

    During a board meeting on Thursday evening, Castellano told his board colleagues that he would be attending the South Texas College of Law in the fall. Castellano said that he applied to the college located in Houston in December.