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  • Changing of the guard

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    Top New Mexico high school students are invited to HU Scholars Day at Highlands University April 21 to get a taste of campus life.

    The event is for first-time freshman who received Highlands University scholarship offers, and for their parents.

  • A.C.T. to prevent heat-related car deaths

    Submitted to the Optic

    Each year in the U.S., an average of 38 children and hundreds of dogs die from hyperthermia (heatstroke) in hot cars. While our first thought may be these are cases of blatant cruelty or negligence, the truth is many are due to tragic error on the part of otherwise loving, competent caregivers. The point is this could happen to you.  

  • In Brief April 17th, 2016

    The Associated Press

    Griego clings to campaign funds

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico Sen. Phil Griego is keeping a political campaign account open even as he fights criminal fraud and bribery allegations linked to his tenure as a lawmaker.

  • Tourism Department to ‘certify’ products

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    The New Mexico Tourism Department announced it will allow some state businesses to use the popular “New Mexico True” brand on their products in an attempt to expand the tourism slogan that officials believe has drawn more visitors to the Southwestern state.

    State officials said last week it will launch a New Mexico True certified program to highlight businesses that are “uniquely New Mexican” while also encouraging more businesses to look into moving to the state.

  • BREAKING: West board member resigns

    Embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony "Leroy" Benavidez resigned during a board meeting on Thursday evening.

    The resignation comes eight days after the New Mexico Attorney General's Office sent a letter warning Benavidez that if he did not resign by April 20, the agency would assess what civil and criminal action would be necessary to remove him from office.

  • County to form task force

    For decades, Jesusita was known throughout the area as the woman people would call to help deliver their babies.

    uring Tuesday afternoon’s  San Miguel County Commission meeting, Jesusita’s name was mentioned once more by Tara Trudell, as she talked about having midwives who delivered children for years in the area ­as it was part of the culture, heritage and history of the region.

    The late Jesusita, whose name is virtually synonymous with midwifery, delivered thousands of babies over several decades.

  • Tips sought in poaching cases

    Las Vegas Optic

    State Game and Fish officials are asking for the public’s help in solving a series of poaching cases, including the killing of two elk outside Las Vegas in February and March.

    Anyone with information about those cases is asked to call the department’s toll-free Operation Game Thief hotline at 800-432-4263. Rewards are being offered for information leading to charges in the cases.

  • Parachute Factory aids youth

    In early March Mariano Ulibarri, founder of the local Parachute Factory, realized he had a tough decision before him ­— to keep his idea of empowering young people to learn about technology, or shut it down due to financial reasons.

    He soon set out to see if the community would be interested in keeping Parachute Factory alive, and whether  they would be willing to help him with funding. He set up several meetings with local individuals to discuss the need for funding to keep the factory going.

  • Medicaid patients facing long waits

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A spot survey by state analysts found low-income Medicaid patients in New Mexico are waiting on average from three weeks to nearly two months to get an appointment with a doctor, prompting new concerns about barriers to health care access for the poor and disabled.

  • Jail Log April 15, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 4 and April 11:

    Francisco Martinez, 27, failure to comply with conditions of probation
    Lawrence Valerio, 39, battery, criminal damage To property, resisting evading, or obstructing an officer.
    Gerald Saiz, 36, aggravated battery on a household member
    Raul Sanchez, 25, disorderly conduct.
    Jeremy Lucero, 32, open container, no seatbelt, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Savannah Secatero, 33, 7 day commitment