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  • Trump claims ‘total vindication’ in Comey tweet

    By Eric Tucker and Erica Werner
    The Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Claiming “total and complete vindication,” President Donald Trump broke his Twitter silence Friday morning to weigh in on fired FBI Director James Comey’s closely watched testimony.

  • Jail Log - June 11, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 1 and June 8:

  • State officials warn of Medicaid scam

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE  — Attorney General Hector Balderas and the state’s Human Services Department issued a joint Scam Alert to warn New Mexicans about a new scam that involves callers claiming to work for the New Mexico Medicaid program while phishing for personal and financial information.

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  • Weather - June 11, 2017

    Sunday

    HIGH 90° / LOW 51°
    Sunny, with a high near 90. Windy, with a southwest wind 10 to 20 mph increasing to 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 40 mph.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

    Monday

    HIGH 85° / LOW 48°
    Sunny, with a high near 85. Breezy. Monday night ­— clear, with a low around 48. Breezy.
    SUNRISE…SUNSET
    5:45 a.m. to 8:17 p.m.

    Tuesday

  • Skandera to resign June 20

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — New Mexico Education Secretary Hanna Skandera is stepping down after seven years on the job.

    The Albuquerque Journal reports Skandera’s tenure will end June 20.

    Gov. Susana Martinez has not named a new secretary of education, but Skandera said she is confident her successor will continue her push for reforms.

  • For the future - Alumni couple makes $350,000 donation to NMHU Media Arts

    By Jason W. Brooks
    Las Vegas Optic Editor

    When Joe and Martha McCaffrey attended New Mexico Highlands University as students, there was no media arts center at the school.

    “Nobody even knew what media arts was, back then,” Joe McCaffrey said. “My degree is in physics.”

  • Mora district employees reinstated

    Mora Schools has rehired three former employees for the remainder of this school year. In a statement sent to the Optic Wednesday afternoon, school officials announced that Edwina Romero, Paulyette Perea and Lisa Yescas have been reinstated at the district.

    The three educators, through the American Federation of Teachers New Mexico filed a grievance against the district, claiming they were wrongfully terminated last summer.

  • Balderas going after Dollar General

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The discount chain Dollar General is being accused by the attorney general of New Mexico of false advertising and unfair trade practices for selling what he describes as obsolete motor oil.

    A lawsuit filed Monday in state district court in Santa Fe follows numerous other legal complaints levied against the company in recent years over the sale of the motor oil to customers in Texas, Wisconsin and elsewhere.

  • In Brief - News - June 9, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Pay-to-play scam: settlement reached  
    SANTA FE — New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas says a district court judge has approved settlements that allow the state to recover $24.5 million in connection with politically influenced investment deals.

    The Attorney General’s Office confirmed Thursday approval of the settlement with Vanderbilt Capital Advisers and Austin Capital Management. Judge Louis McDonald dismissed rival claims on behalf of the state by former state pension fund officer Frank Foy.