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  • Stolen car chased to Roy area, couple arrested

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    New Mexico State Police charged a Colorado man and woman with several felony charges after a report of a stolen vehicle from a Las Vegas gas station led to a 50-mile chase and search. Renaldo Reese, 30, and Jacqueline Rodarte, 34, both of Denver, were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center last week on several charges.

  • Homecoming fun

    A full week of theme days was capped by Friday’s West Las Vegas High School Homecoming parade and football game against Albuquerque Academy. Highlands University also had Homecoming events scheduled for last week and this weekend.

    See upcoming issues of the Optic for photos of Homecoming for West Las Vegas and Highlands.

  • County hires attorney, jail warden

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    After nearly two months without a full-time warden at its detention center — and longer since it’s had a full-time attorney — San Miguel County has filled the two key positions. At Monday’s regular monthly meeting, the county’s Board of Commissioners approved contracts with Dave Romero Jr. as the county attorney and Matthew Elwell as the warden of San Miguel Adult Detention Center.

  • Man pulled knife on teens, police say

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with four counts each of child abuse and aggravated assault with the use of a deadly weapon after police say he threatened four teenage boys.

  • Mayor, councilor spar during session

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While there were no votes taken during Wednesday’s City of Las Vegas work session, there were angry words exchanged between the mayor and a city councilor over training of workers to use equipment.

  • Distinguished Highlands alumnus: Loretta Salazar

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

    Loretta Salazar’s career as a leader in bilingual education spans 40 years. Her tenure with the Highlands School of Education was from 1992 to 2013, when she directed the Bilingual Education Program and Teaching English as a Second Language Program.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Three N.M. tribes get grants

    ALBUQUERQUE — Three New Mexico Native American communities will be sharing more than $2 million in federal housing grants.The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is awarding grants to the Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority, the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority and the housing authority at Cochiti Pueblo.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 17

    The Associated Press

    KSU students: No white nationalism

    TOPEKA, Kan. — Kansas State students rallied against white nationalism after racist posters were plastered around campus.

    The Kansas City Star reports that participants in the Thursday night solidarity rally also decried President Donald Trump’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Children Program, which allows some immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children to stay.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 17, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 8 and Sept. 14:

    Jonathan Aragon, 19, failure to comply with conditions of probation, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Kassandra Silva, 24, four-day confinement, San Miguel Magistrate Court. Jayson Pusateri, 39, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.

    Jeffrey Fernandez, 23, possession of marijuana, public nuisance. Las Vegas Municipal Court.

  • N.M.Secretary of State adopts final Campaign Finance Rule

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE – New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver today adopted the final version of a campaign finance rule intended to provide much needed guidance regarding New Mexico’s Campaign Reporting Act (CRA) and to bring the CRA into constitutional compliance following numerous court cases.

    The rule will go into effect on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, which is the first day of a new campaign finance reporting period.