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  • 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.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Risk assessment key to bail reform

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Drug Policy Alliance and others are joining in support of bail reforms in New Mexico, saying there’s a need for more risk assessment tools to help judges determine whether defendants should be detained or released pending trial.

  • Puerto Rico angry at Trump official ‘good news story’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged a relentless effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from hurricane devastation Friday after his homeland security chief stirred a tempest of her own making by declaring the federal response a “good news story.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 1, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28:

    Alexander Lara, 39, seven-day commitment, Mora County. Lawrence Trujillo, 37, concealing ID, driving on suspended/revoked license, no registration, forgery, San Miguel District Court, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Tracy Crespin, 31, aggravated DWI (fourth offense), failure to stop, driving on suspended/revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Jeffrey Shelton, 39, failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court.