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  • Jail Log - Oct. 4, 2013

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 20 and Sept. 25:
    Pedro Griego, 31, Adult Probation Office, failure to report change of address/contact with co-defendant
    Navor Garcia, 65, larceny, criminal damage to property, tampering with evidence, interference with communications, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Fired CEO files lawsuit

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A former top executive of the New Mexico Finance Authority sued Gov. Susana Martinez and one of her cabinet secretaries on Wednesday for failing to release public records requested six months ago.

    Ex-CEO Rick May, who was fired last year in the wake of a scandal over a fake audit, brought a lawsuit in state district court in Santa Fe against the governor and Finance and Administration Secretary Tom Clifford.

  • In Brief - New Mexico News - Oct. 4, 2013

    Staff and wire reports

    Church to hold blessing for pets
    In honor of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Paul’s Peace Church will host a community wide Blessing of Pets at its 10 a.m. service  Sunday morning.
    Everyone is welcome to bring their furry family members to the church at Eighth Street and National Avenue for individual blessings. Owners are asked to keep pets under control at all times.

  • Habitat benefit opens Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Highlands University Ray Drew Gallery presents an exhibit and silent auction featuring potter Paul Volckening’s work to benefit Las Vegas Habitat for Humanity.

    The exhibit opens from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday with an auction preview and opening bids. The closing reception is from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. Volckening will be at both events at Ray Drew Gallery in the university’s Donnelly Library, 802 National Ave.

  • Federal furloughs begin

    Optic Staff and Wire

    As Congress continued to bicker over the federal budget on Tuesday, Fort Union National Monument Superintendent Charles Strickfaden was busy executing a contingency plan to shut down the monument.

  • Council awards road fix bid

    The City Council voted unanimously Monday to award a bid to Franken Construction for work on five streets damaged by water crews.

    City Public Works Director told the Council during a special meeting that Franken Construction submitted a bid of $178,788 for the project and was the lowest of three bidders.

  • Fun at the Refuge - ‘Mission Fly Away’

    Just days before the federal government shut down, the Las Vegas National Wildlife Refuge hosted two events. Thursday morning, seventh grade Memorial Middle School students  and refuge staff released 162 Monarch chrysalis as part of the “Mission Fly Away” Monarch Butterfly program sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    Debbie Pike, the visitors services manager, Northern New Mexico National Wildlife Refuge Complex, said the students learned about pollination, migration, and the importance of habitat for the butterflies.

  • Free flu shot clinic is Thursday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The New Mexico Department of Health’s San Miguel Public Health Office will host its first flu shot clinic of the season from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at 18 Gallegos Road in Las Vegas. The immunization clinic is open to the public and free of charge.

  • Optic brings home 13 Press Association awards

    Staff and Wire

    The Las Vegas Optic won 13 awards at this weekend’s Press Association Convention in Bernalillo.

    The 2012-13 NMPA APME Better Newspaper Contest awards were handed out during the 105th annual NMPA convention at a Santa Ana Pueblo resort on Saturday. The contest received more than 1,777 entries, the highest turnout in contest history. Judging was completed by the Wyoming Press Association.

    The contest is sponsored jointly by the New Mexico Press Association and the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors.

  • Looking Back - Oct. 2, 2013

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