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  • Three charged in alleged rapes

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Three men charged with rape stemming from three separate incidents are being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center, according to jail and court records.

    The three accused are Diego Lucero, 20, of the 500 block of Mountain View Drive or 100 block of Silva Avenue, both in Las Vegas;  Anthony Ray “Spooky” Esquibel, 35, of the 500 block of Chavez Street in Las Vegas; and Alvin Quintana, 49, of the 100 block of Camino Rael or HC 74, Box 843, both in Pecos.

  • Santa Fe issues same-sex licenses

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — The county clerk in the New Mexico state capital and the heart of this state’s gay rights movement began issuing marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Friday, a court-ordered move that came just two days after a county clerk on the other end of the state decided on his own to recognize same-sex marriage.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Aug. 26, 2013

    The Associated Press

    Cop allegedly had sex with underage girl

    LAS CRUCES — A New Mexico police detective has been arrested on charges of having an inappropriate relationship with a teenager.
    The Las Cruces Police Department said Michael Garcia was arrested Friday in connection with allegations that he had sex with a teenage girl believed to be 17 at the time.
    The 37-year-old was charged with one count each of criminal sexual penetration of a minor and criminal sexual contact of a minor.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 26, 2013

    In 1963
    Tuesday, Aug. 27 — A meeting will be held on the night of Sept. 9 at Las Vegas, when Robert De La Rue, executive engineer for the Highway Department, will seek permission to bypass the city with the new Interstate 25. The “anti-bypass law” makes permission mandatory from all incorporated communities or county units before the highway department may go around any community. Similar meetings are scheduled for Tierra Amarilla and Truth or Consequences.
     

  • Looking Ahead - News - Aug. 26, 2013

    Cleveland Millfest
    The Cleveland Millfest will take place this coming Saturday and Sunday at the Cleveland Roller Mill Museum just north of Mora. Arts and crafts and more will be on display.

  • Weather - Aug. 26, 2013

    Monday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 80. South wind 10 to 15 mph. Partly cloudy overnight with a low around 55.

    Tuesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Becoming partly cloudy overnight with a low around 55.

    Wednesday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 84. Overnight, a 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms; partly cloudy with a low around 56.

    Thursday
    Mostly sunny, with a high near 85; 10 percent chance of evening showers.

    Sunrise ... Sunset
    6:29 a.m. to 7:36 p.m.

  • Coalition taking over shelter

    The City of Las Vegas is planning to hand over operations of its animal shelter to the Animal Welfare Coalition of Northeastern New Mexico.

    City councilors unanimously approved a contract with the local non-profit at Wednesday evening’s council meeting.

  • Nepotism language scrutinized

    The fate of the Luna Community College nepotism policy remains on hold for the time being.  

    For several months the board of trustees has been looking at potentially changing the policy. Some, however, call it a political ploy to allow board members to favor the hiring of relatives. Meanwhile others say the policy is too restrictive and does not allow qualified applicants to have a fair chance of obtaining employment at the college if there is any relation to someone currently employed with the college — driving them to seek employment elsewhere.

  • Restoring a classic - Group specializes in second chances

    By Eric Martin
    Las Vegas Optic

    The 1962 Chevrolet Biscayne had been written off as a hunk of rusting metal destined for the scrap heap.

    But the folks at family and individual counseling group Amistad Y Resolana — who work with people who often have been written off —  looked at the classic car and saw its potential.

  • Utility workers saved woman

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Two city utility department employees who saved the life of an elderly woman this past June earned recognition from Las Vegas Mayor Alfonso Ortiz Jr. at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

    The pair found the woman face down and apparently dead in the front yard of her home off Eighth Street and revived her with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

    The woman, identified as Frances Esquibel, 79, passed away last week at an Albuquerque nursing home.