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  • Auditor’s office to mayor: don’t shred files

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    While it will likely take some time before the New Mexico Office of the State Auditor comes up with reportable findings from the special audit it’s beginning of the City of Las Vegas, the office has already found it necessary to issue a written advisory to city officials.

  • A much-anticipated opening

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    Isaac and Shawna Sandoval are getting closer to opening day for their fast-casual restaurant.

    The Skillet is full of flair that sizzles like bacon frying in a cast- iron pan. Foodies will soon be able to chow down on old favorites and sample new menu items.

    The food truck with an attitude and funky decor is now a 90-seat restaurant and bar.

    The new digs will open soon in the old wool warehouse on 12th Street. Avant-garde art and a trendy ambiance invite diners to sit awhile.

  • A break in the rains

    Theresa Wesner photos/For the Optic

    Robertson High School’s annual Homecoming events took place last week and over the weekend amid unusually rainy weather. The week was highlighted by the Cardinals’ 33-20 outlasting of Taos in Friday night’s muddy Homecoming football game. The skies held off long enough Friday for the Homecoming parade to be completed without being drenched.

  • Official cause released in boarding house death

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator has determined chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was the cause of death of a man taken who died January while living in a Las Vegas boarding house.

    Michael Whalen, 63, was taken to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, where he later died, on Jan. 19.

  • N.M. gets funding for home visiting program

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — New Mexico has been awarded $3.5 million to continue providing home-visiting services to pregnant women and to parents with young children.
    The funding comes from the Health Resources and Services Administration.
    Gov. Susana Martinez says the funding will help provide valuable information, resources and skills to at-risk families to ensure their children grow up physically and mentally healthy and ready to learn.
    The program targets pregnant women as early as possible, providing health education.
    One focus is prenatal care within the first trimester.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2017

    The Associated Press
    Artwork gets showing after Nev. shooting
    SANTA FE — Artwork forged out of decommissioned firearms is going on display at a Santa Fe gallery in the wake of the deadly mass shooting in Las Vegas.
    Former undercover CIA agent Valerie Plame Wilson is promoting the free-admission show scheduled Saturday at the Center for Contemporary Arts in an effort to raise awareness and money for gun-buyback events.

  • Into the fire

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The environmental health and safety director at New Mexico Highlands University is the safety and technical adviser for an upcoming movie about firefighters killed in a wildland fire.

    For Brian Henington, his work on the film hit close to home.

  • A dispute 150 years in the making

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Sept. 15 scheduling hearing did not really address the merits of a complex Mora County property dispute. However, the number of lawyers involved in the hearing showed how complex Fourth Judicial District case No. D-430-CV-2017-00040 has already become.

    The plaintiffs in the civil suit are Jude and Jacob Regensberg, whose family roots go back to one of the earliest families to settle when land grants were first established in the Guadalupita area in the 1840s.

  • Court invalidates 10 Gov. Martinez vetoes

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Ten vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have been invalidated by a state district judge because the governor missed deadlines or failed to explain her reasoning, allowing the piecemeal legislation on economic development, high school curricula and hemp production to take effect Thursday.

  • Trial set on child abuse, other charges

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man is now set to face a jury trial in November on charges that include child abuse, though a plea deal is still possible.

    Floribal Bachicha, 30, has been charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer, two counts of abuse of a child, tampering with evidence, resisting and evading or obstructing an officer in San Miguel District Court, with all allegations stemming from an alleged April 17 incident.