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  • 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.

  • Culinary entrepreneurship open for business at LCC

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you want to take your culinary entrepreneurship to the next level and attract wholesale buyers, La Cocina Commercial Kitchen at Luna Community College is ready to sign you up.

    Las Vegas-San Miguel Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Bill Hendrickson said in a recent interview that final regulatory issues are being addressed, and kitchen users are encouraged to start applying.

  • Remediation moves ahead at Hotel Castañeda

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Visiting the website for the Hotel Castañeda, www.hotelcastaneda.org reveals at least two things: the site is under construction, and its domain type, as a “dot org,” reminds visitors that the site belongs to a nonprofit.

  • Police: gun fired near Las Vegas bar

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was arrested after a recent incident in which a handgun was fired from a moving vehicle.

    Las Vegas Police say Ron M. Montoya, 25, is the person who fired a handgun at pedestrians from the passenger seat of a car on Aug. 27. He was later charged with shooting from a motor vehicle, negligent use of a deadly weapon while under the influence of an intoxicant or narcotic. He was released from the San Miguel Detention Center to the custody of his mother the following day, Aug. 28.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 10, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7:

    Anthony Silva, 55, probation violation: under the influence of alcohol, Adult Probation.

    Samantha Quintana, 30, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine), Adult Probation. David Leyba, 35, failure to appear for child support, Mora County.

    Charlie Vega, 29, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (four counts), child abuse (four counts), San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 10, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 2 and Sept. 7:

    Anthony Silva, 55, probation violation: under the influence of alcohol, Adult Probation.

    Samantha Quintana, 30, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine), Adult Probation. David Leyba, 35, failure to appear for child support, Mora County.

    Charlie Vega, 29, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (four counts), child abuse (four counts), San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Highlands mourns loss of chemistry professor

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Las Vegas Optic reports Highlands University is mourning the Sept. 4 death of Robert Amai, a beloved chemistry professor emeritus.

    Amai taught full time at Highlands from 1962 to 1988, chairing the Chemistry Department from 1969 to 1974. In 1986, he became the first faculty member to receive the Professor of the Year Award and Distinguished Service to the University Award in a single year.

    After retiring, Amai stepped in as needed to teach chemistry classes and lead research projects at Highlands.

  • Students take to streets to defend DACA principles

    By Mercy López-Acosta, Las Vegas Optic

    The signs spoke volumes.

    “Resist,” “We are here to stay,” “Education, not deportation” were some of the slogans on display during a demonstration Tuesday afternoon at Highlands University. Demonstrations occurred across the country after President Donald Trump’s administration announced the dismantling of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA).

  • Robbery victim kidnapped, forced to strip

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was taken to jail last week after Las Vegas Police say he and another man forced a third man to strip naked at gunpoint while committing a robbery — even though the victim was apparently also provided heroin by the accused.

  • Highlands set to celebrate with parade and much more

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Homecoming is getting under way slightly earlier than usual at Highlands University — but the variety of events and activities will still be vast. This year’s NMHU Homecoming festivities begin Friday and continue through Sept. 17.