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  • School threat tied to song lyrics

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Nothing seems to provoke concern and anxiety among parents quite like hearing the word “lockdown” associated with their child’s school.

    That term was used last week in describing a situation at Robertson High School. However, Las Vegas City Schools Superintendent Kelt Cooper says that term doesn’t really apply to the response from administrators and school security.

    Also, he feels the entire situation could have easily been avoided.

  • Amtrak train derails near Valmora

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    An Amtrak train derailed near a crossing of Highway 97 near Valmora about 7:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the rail service’s officials.

    There were no injuries reported in the derailment, according to Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari. The train hit a boulder that had fallen onto the tracks, and went off of the railway, but none of the train cars tipped over.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Report: Woman punched in face by male boss

    SANTA FE — A state Human Services Department employee has applied for a restraining order against her supervisor who she says punched her in the face after a work-related dispute.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Ursula Montaño claims 51-year-old Donald Ortega, her manager, pushed her and punched in the face after a dispute over her work performance on Aug. 28.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Report: Woman punched in face by male boss

    SANTA FE — A state Human Services Department employee has applied for a restraining order against her supervisor who she says punched her in the face after a work-related dispute.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports Ursula Montaño claims 51-year-old Donald Ortega, her manager, pushed her and punched in the face after a dispute over her work performance on Aug. 28.

  • Jail Log - Oct. 8, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6:

    Andrew Vigil, 59, driving on suspended revoked license, no registration, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Flora Montoya-Guinn, 29, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine), Adult Probation. 

    Timothy Linker, 26, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Samuel Coca, 37, probation violation: aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Adult Probation.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Poll: U.S. going wrong direction

    WASHINGTON — Just 24 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction after a tumultuous stretch for President Donald Trump that included the threat of war with North Korea, stormy complaints about hurricane relief and Trump’s equivocating about white supremacists.

  • City releases report on employee injury

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas recently released an investigative report regarding a July 21 employee injury, in response to a Las Vegas Optic public information request.

    Margaret Silva, an employee of the Solid Waste department, suffered a fall while attempting to tarp a tractor trailer’s load at the city’s solid waste facility and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

  • N.M. health clinics fret over funding delays

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Operators of community health centers in New Mexico watched warily on Wednesday as congressional committees in Washington wrestled with proposals to extend crucial funding for clinics that are a mainstay of rural health care in the state.

    Federal funding expired at the end of September for federally qualified health centers, along with a popular health insurance program for children from low-income families.

  • Volleyball: Lineup changes don’t slow RHS

    It turns out the Robertson volleyball team doesn’t reserve its focus exclusively for fellow state heavyweights like Sandia Prep, St. Michael’s and Moriarty.

    The Lady Cardinals (11-2, 2-0) can also turn up the heat against lower-tier foes. That they did on Thursday night, sweeping Taos in a District 2-4A contest at Mike Marr Gym.

    “Our focus — each match — is to just take care of business,” said RHS head coach Stacy Fulgenzi. “I tell them we know what we have to do; it doesn’t matter who we are playing.”

  • Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.