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  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Jan. 7, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 28, 2017 and Jan. 5, 2018:

    Cruz M. Gallegos, Municipal Court Warran,  Magistrate Court Warrant, Aggravated Assault Upon Peace Officer (2 Counts), Santa Fe District Court.

  • Snapped to success

    Three Luna Community College students have earned Snap-On certification on the car brake lathe.

    The students are Isaiah Gallegos, Jasmine Gallegos and Johnny Pino.

    They are certified to use pro-cut on the car brake lathe, which will allow them to resurface the brake rotors while on the vehicle without their having to remove them.

    LCC automotive instructor Gene Sandoval said these students will be the first of many who hope to become certified in the months and years ahead.

  • Mora gets magistrate court approval

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Mora County has taken a major step forward in building a new Magistrate Court.

    In late December, the Board of Finance approved a lease agreement between Mora County and the Administrative office of the Courts for use of a portion of the Mora County Complex for a court facility.

  • Las Vegas man arrested twice in nine-day span

    A Las Vegas man, who has a case pending in San Miguel Magistrate Court on a charge of criminal damage to property, committed on Dec. 16, was arrested again early on Christmas morning.

    According to court records, a Las Vegas Police Department officer was dispatched to Pino’s Truck Stop on North Grand Avenue at about 12:15 a.m. Dec. 25, where contact was made with Jeffery A. Shelton, 39, of Las Vegas.

  • Into the cold

    Theresa Wesner photo

    Monday, more than 70 swimmers braved the 9-degree weather to take the 22nd Annual Polat Plunge into Storrie Lake in an event sponsored by the Sunrise Kiwanis.

    Sunshine that began just before the event made it seem slightly warmer.

  • Two-year contract for Gutierrez

    West Las Vegas School Superintendent Chris Gutierrez will be starting this New Year with a two-year contract, offered by the school board. After two executive sessions, in which Gutierrez’s performance was evaluated, the board unanimously voted “yes” to extend the administrator’s contract for the 2018-19 and 2019-20 school years, said Board Member Christine Ludi in a written response.

  • Jail Log, Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Dec. 21 and Dec. 27:

    Lonny Escovedo, Bench Warrant Arrest, Mora Magistrate Court.

    Dominic Montoya, Aggravated Driving Under The Influence, Adult Probation / San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Felix Romo, Felony Warrant Arrest, San Miguel District Court.

    Isidro Anthony Pacheco, Bench Warrant Arrest,  San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Four inmates hosptialized after Detention Center ‘disturbance’

    Four inmates were taken to a hospital after a "disturbance" Monday afternoon at the San Miguel County Detention Center, according to a news release from the county.

    The injuries, which were not described in detail in the release, happened as the result of an assault against a sergeant on the detention center staff that escalated into a larger situation at about 5:30 p.m. Monday, involving multiple housing areas within the jail. The sergeant was investigating a theft within the jail when he was assaulted.

  • Steve Pearce says governor's job is not all on the fourth floor

     Steve Pearce says “fixing” Santa Fe is about bridging divides.

  • Man, 19, arrested on several alcohol-related charges

    A 19-year-old man was arrested and booked into San Miguel County Detention on several alcohol-related charges after a recent traffic stop in Pecos.