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  • Advocates rally on immigrant issue

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Immigrant rights groups chanted “Jesus was an immigrant” under the office of Gov. Susana Martinez Tuesday morning as lawmakers were returning to Santa Fe for a special session that will include a proposed repeal of a law that lets illegal immigrants get New Mexico driver’s licenses.

  • New Mexico and Las Vegas News In Brief

    From The Associated Press
    and Optic staff

    Customer robbed outside of bank

    A customer who was outside the Wells Fargo bank on Eighth and Mills was robbed Tuesday morning, police said.

    Las Vegas police Chief Christian Montaño said the incident occurred at around 10 a.m. He said nobody was injured in the armed robbery.

  • Navajo woman helps prompt mine cleanup

    By Felicia Fonseca
    The Associated Press

    MONUMENT VALLEY, Utah  — The stretch of high desert on the Arizona-Utah border gives way to towering rock formations that resemble huge mittens, chimney spires and castles. But to the west of Monument Valley lies a reminder of what has been blamed for much heartache and tragedy in Elsie Mae Begay’s family: A mesa stained with a gray streak where uranium was mined decades ago.

  • Grand champion
  • In Brief - News Sept. 7, 2011

    From The Associated Press

    Publisher named for magazine

    SANTA FE — Jodi Vevoda, a publishing executive with experience in sales and management at top national media companies, has been appointed publisher of New Mexico Magazine.

  • Officials: 1,000 homes burn

    By Will Weissert
    Associated Press

    AUSTIN, Texas — More than 1,000 homes have been destroyed in at least 57 wildfires across rain-starved Texas, most of them in one devastating blaze close to Austin that is still raging out of control, officials said Tuesday.

    Speaking at a news conference near one of the fire-ravaged areas, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said more than 100,000 acres have burned in the drought-stricken state.

  • $5.25M settles football case

    The federal lawsuit filed by seven victims in the 2008 Robertson High School football team assaults has been settled for $5.25 million, their attorney confirmed to the Optic on Friday.

    The settlement was reached Tuesday after about 10 hours of negotiations. Las Vegas City Schools officials could not be reached for comment Sunday morning.

  • Bustos makes good on pro hoops dream

    Vera Jo Bustos’ remarkable basketball journey is far from over.

    The West Las Vegas alumnus on Saturday made official her signing with a professional league in Greece.

    Bustos will play for Apollon Kalamarias, a women’s pro team in Thessaloniki, Greece. The club plays as part of an A-1 league there, ranking as the highest caliber of pro basketball in Europe.

  • Dems, gov at odds as session looms

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Republican Gov. Susana Martinez  and Democrats in the Legislature find themselves on a collision course as they head into a special session to deal with the politically tricky assignment of redistricting.

    The Legislature convenes Tuesday, but Martinez has Democrats grumbling because she wants lawmakers to consider a wide range of proposals in addition to the once-a-decade job of redistricting.

  • Man accused of eluding police caught

    A 28-year-old Las Vegas man was arrested recently on a warrant issued in July charging him with aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer and numerous misdemeanors.

    Ruben Estrada, who lives on Flagstone Road, was arrested and booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center on Aug. 26. Not guilty pleas were entered on Estrada’s behalf last Monday.

    Magistrate Philip Romero set Estrada’s bond at $13,000 cash. The jails most recent list of inmates indicates he has bonded out.