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  • City responds to reports of needles found

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas has released a response to recent reports of drug needles being found in parks and other public areas around town.

    Public Information Officer Lee Einer sent a release this week after the Las Vegas Optic pointed out several readers had brought in photos of hypodermic syringes commonly used for street drugs. The statement points out that not only is opioid use on the rise nationwide, but heroin use is an epidemic Las Vegas has been battling for decades.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - July 16, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Second hantavirus death reported
    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Department of Health officials have reported the second hantavirus death this year in the state.

    They say a 53-year-old woman from McKinley County died while a 35-year-old woman in Lincoln County was hospitalized with hantavirus but has recovered.

    State health officials say there have been five lab-confirmed cases of hantavirus in New Mexico this year.

    In 2016, there were eight cases in the state with five fatalities.

  • Prosecutors file to have two of Charles Trujillo’s cases combined

    Prosecutors have filed a motion to combine two criminal cases against embattled former Mora superintendent Charles Trujillo.

    Trujillo is facing a slew of fraud and forgery charges for using fake credentials to obtain state educator licenses and high-paying administrative positions with the Mora and Pecos school districts in three different criminal cases. He obtained those licenses while serving as the chief of the state Public Education Department’s Licensure Bureau, a position he held from March 4, 2013 to April 30, 2014.

  • Jail Log - July 16, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 7 and July 12:
    Matthew Mendiola, 36, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.
    Pimenio Villanueva, 29, probation violation: new charges (Aggravated DWI), Adult Probation.
    Zachary Molina, 26, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.
    Mark Trujillo, 57, battery, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
     Albert Lucero, 27, failure to appear/comply, Las Vegas Municipal Court.

  • Weather - July 16, 2017

    Sunday

    HIGH 83°/ LOW 56°
    Scattered showers and thunderstorms after noon. Partly sunny, with a high near 83. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming south in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 40%.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:58 a.m. to 8:16 p.m.

    Monday

  • No criminal convictions in high-profile dog cases

    The pictures of “Hubble,” the emaciated bull terrier, remain in the minds of many. Hubble’s life story ranged from a loved furry family member to one whose body was littered with maggots and large cuts. He was extremely malnourished and ultimately perished days after being rescued in September 2015.

  • Permit, refugee resolution approved by county commission

    Getting both state and local agencies to approve a business plan can be tough enough. Getting county approval without state approval can be even tougher.

    Christopher Trujillo, the owner of All-American Towing and a junkyard in the Bernal area, was issued a recent letter of denial in his application to get a permit from the New Mexico Department of Transportation.

  • Alleged drive-by shooting, DWI took place with kids in vehicle

    A man and a woman from Las Vegas are in jail after police say a man fired at a residence while a woman was inside.

    Additionally, the man was suspected of driving while intoxicated, with five children riding in their vehicle.

  • City council hears plans for water and waste improvements

    The City of Las Vegas staff and City Council want to address water and wastewater issues.

    The city is taking steps toward resolving those issues by installing new infrastructure over the coming months, and discussed those plans Wednesday night during a work session.

    Utilities Director Maria Gilvarry presented the Council a detailed plan of how to use multiple contractors to replace water and waste infrastructure.

  • ODs up slightly in N.M.

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The number of drug overdose deaths increased to 497 in 2016 from 493 the previous year in New Mexico, a state that has led the western United States in drug fatalities as it wrestles with opioid and heroin addiction.

    The overdose death rate remained unchanged during 2016 at 24.8 deaths per 1,000 residents, considering slight statewide population growth, the state Department of Health announced Wednesday. The rate of unintentional fatal drug overdoses — those not linked to suicides — showed a slight increase.