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  • Jail Log, Nov. 5, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 28 and Nov. 3:

    Lovette Gomez, Aggravated persons under the influence of intoxicating liquor or drugs, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Brenda Lucero Gonzales, Las Vegas Municipal Court Warrant.

    Jason Romero, driving on suspended / revoked license, Mora County Magistrate Court.

  • Students of the Month: West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School

    Here are the West Las Vegas Valley Elementary and Middle School students of the month for October 2017. In the front row, from the left, are kindergartner Ariela Saiz, third-grader Luciano Ortiz  first-grader Sophia Cannone, second-grader Julissa Acosta and fourth-grader Angel Gutierrez. In back are sixth-grader Kasey Lopez, eighth-grader Israel Ortega, seventh-grader Nicholas Gibbs and fifth-grader Aaliyah Cruz.

  • Balderas expands generic drug price-fixing lawsuit

    Submitted to the Optic

    ALBUQUERQUE — This week, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas and 45 other state attorneys general taking part in a wide-ranging multistate antitrust investigation of the generic drug industry today asked a federal court for permission to file a new complaint. 

  • NMHU jazz ensemble concert slated

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Department of Music presents the university’s Jazz Ensemble in concert Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Student Center Theater, 800 National Ave.

  • Mariachi masters

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    New Mexico Highlands University will be presenting Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles in concert Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the university’s historic Ilfeld Auditorium.

  • Regents name UNM’s first female president

    The Associated Press

    Regents at the University of New Mexico have selected Garnett Stokes to serve as the first woman president in the school’s 128-year history.

    The decision came Thursday morning during a special meeting in Albuquerque.

    Provost of the University of Missouri’s Columbia campus, Stokes replaces Bob Frank, who left the office last year.

  • In Brief, Friday, Nov. 14, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Daylight Saving falls back Sunday Daylight Saving Time comes to an end Sunday. Don’t forget to “fall back” an hour, from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday. The result will be a sunrise and sunset on Sunday that are about an hour earlier than the day before. N.M. drops in drug deaths ranking SANTA FE — New Mexico is likely to fall further in a national ranking of states when it comes to drug overdose deaths, largely because fatalities have increased elsewhere.

  • Defense at trial: Griego’s $50K commission legal

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former New Mexico state senator went on trial Tuesday on accusations he used his elected office to profit from the sale of a state-owned building, in a high-stakes corruption trial that has spurred calls for government ethics reforms.

  • Choir to swing into Sunday concert

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    The Highlands University Madrigal Choir is turning a deaf ear to traditional music and swinging out to jazz this weekend.

    Hence the title, from a song written for Frank Sinatra by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen in 1957:  “Come Fly with Me!” 

  • Piano Preservationists

    A special Sept. 15 event commemorated the restoration of a rare Kilgen pipe organ operated by Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church in Las Vegas. Steuart Goodwin came out from California for the event on behalf of the Organ Historical Society. Santa Fe organ-builder and restorer John Grunow was in attendance, and musician Maxine Thevenot of Albuquerque led the Maia Trio in a performance at the event that included her playing the historic organ.