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  • 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.

  • Man found deceased at home during fire

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An elderly adult male was found deceased outside of a home in the 500 block of Ninth Street when the Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a call about a fire Wednesday afternoon.

    The fire was called in at about 4:30 p.m. According to City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer, the LVFD response time by was two minutes. Einer said the deceased man was apparently non-ambulatory (wheelchair-bound,) and was found outside the home. 

  • Wagon Mound hoping to improve ambulance coverage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Fifty years ago, it was common for a New Mexico State Police trooper or a county sheriff’s deputy to use their vehicle to transport someone who needed emergency medical care.

    As time rolled on, ambulance service has been brought into rural communities, with an endless series of success and setbacks, especially in towns along major highways. Wagon Mound is one of those highway communities still struggling to get and keep ambulance service.

  • Another man added to list of Catholic accusers

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Another anonymous man was recently added to the list of alleged victims of abuse from a longtime Las Vegas priest.

    John Doe No. 71 came forward in early September to confront the Archdiocese for the repeated sexual abuse he suffered as a six-year-old child at the hands of Fr. Hubertus Lomme at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in the 1950s.

  • A love that never tires

    Those who drive around Camp Luna receive a visual treat as they walk or drive along Avenida Hermosa, where there’s an array of teacups, sugar bowls and flowers adjacent to the property line.

    The creator of these objects, Charles (Charlie) Tapia, has devised a variety of collectible and attractive objects made simply of used tires.

    “I get most of my tires free,” said  “because people keep discarding them.”