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  • 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.

  • Hail damage: Newcomer dent crews trying to ‘do it right’

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Jeff Crenshaw and Chris Clark say they tried to do things the right way by getting their business license first. The business partners set up “Dents Plus” in a permanent building on the northwest corner of Valencia and North Gonzales streets.

  • Hail damage: City cautions consumers about roof repairs

    By Lee Einer, City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer

    While most roofing contractors are legitimate, there are some, known as “storm-chasers” or “roofing-gypsies,” that follow damaging storms looking for homeowners to exploit.

    In the wake of recent hail storms, the City of Las Vegas’ Community Development Department has received multiple complaints from area residents about roofers. The complaints range from aggressive door-to-door sales tactics, to shoddy workmanship, to unlicensed roofing contractors.

  • Hail was a part of wet summer for the county

    By Jason W. Brooks Las Vegas Optic Editor

    It’s been a rough monsoon season for San Miguel and Mora counties. According to Kerry Jones of the National Weather Service, much of eastern New Mexico witnessed August precipitation totals that were two to three times normal. Eastern San Miguel County has been among the wettest areas, with totals closer to three to four times normal.

    Here are some August totals from various weather reporting stations in the area. Normal precipitation for the month is 3.73 inches.

    Las Vegas 1.6 NNW: 6.99 inches.

  • Luna has $3.8 million end-of-year surplus

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Luna Community College will have many challenges in the years ahead. According to a presentation made at Tuesday’s regular Board of Trustees meeting, the college is in a considerably better financial position to tackle those challenges than some other schools its size.

  • Young eclipse watchers

    Valley Elementary and Middle School in El Pueblo students took time to observe the solar eclipse that happened late last month.

  • Distinguished Highlands alumnus: Chris Gutierrez

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

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

    Chris Gutierrez is the youngest superintendent in the history of the 1,400-student West Las Vegas School District in New Mexico. Gutierrez, 37, earned his M.A. in educational leadership from Highlands in 2013 and a B.A. in general science for secondary teachers in 2005.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 15, 2017

    From The Associated Press

    Balderas doesn’t want to testify at trial

    SANTA FE — Prosecutors asked a state court Monday to reject an unusual effort to call New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas as a witness at a high-profile corruption trial being prosecuted by his office.

  • New Mexico's longest-serving senator dies

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — New Mexico lawmakers and others are remembering former U.S. Sen. Pete Domenici as someone who was known for putting politics aside and building relationships on both sides of the aisle.

    Domenici died Wednesday at an Albuquerque hospital. He was 85.