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  • Police awaiting autopsy report

    Police are awaiting the outcome of autopsy results to determine the exact cause of death of Ignacio “Nash” Herrera, 41, who was found unresponsive in front of apartments on the 400 block of Mountain View Drive around 10:41 p.m. Saturday, according to Las Vegas Police Chief Christian Montaño.

    Officers found the man upon responding to a call of an ill man, and the case remains under investigation with no further details available, Montaño said  by email Wednesday evening.
     

  • Case linked to Richardson back in court

    By Jeri Clausing
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The allegations against retired state New Mexico District Judge Michael Murphy were startling, even in a state known for its political scandals.

    The judge told a potential judicial candidate she would need to make payments to a Democratic political activist if she wanted a seat on the bench, a report from prosecutors said. The money would then be funneled to former Gov. Bill Richardson, he said.

  • Annual seed exchange Saturday at LCC cafeteria

    Submitted to the Optic

    Seed exchanges, events where farmers and gardeners exchange the seeds that they saved during past years, are cropping up all over the country.

    This year, seed exchanges have already been held in Mora and Anton Chico.

  • Economic impact of wildfire forum today at NMHU

    Submitted to the Optic

    New Mexico Highlands University will present a free public forum today on the economic impact of wildfire.

    The forum, “What Happens After the Wildfire? Economic Impacts of Wildfire and Post-Fire Flooding,” will be in Room 215 of the Lora Shields Building, 806 National Ave. Light refreshments will be served. The forum will be 9 a.m. to noon.

    The New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute is sponsoring the forum along with the Gallinas Partnership and Highlands University.

  • BREAKING — Arrest made in homicide case

    Kristina Delvina Lopez, 41, of Las Vegas has been arrested in connection to a homicide that occurred on Tuesday afternoon. Lopez has been charged with an open count of murder.

    State police did not provide the name of the deceased male.

    Pick up a copy of Friday's Optic for complete coverage of this homicide.

  • New shelter in the works

    By Karl Moffatt
    Las Vegas Optic

    Officials with the Samaritan House emergency shelter hope to reopen the shelter in a new building by the time they resume offering overnight stays next October, and they have a powerful ally in the effort.

    “We’re going to make it happen,” said Las Vegas City Manager Tim Dodge of the city’s recent offer to have the Samaritan House set up shop in an old church building that the city owns on Hot Springs Boulevard on the west side of town.

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  • Commission fires Mora manager

    By a 2-1 vote, the Mora County Commission fired County Manager Thomas Sanchez last week, just four days after Gov. Susana Martinez signed the state capital outlay bill that earmarks $1.85 million for the stalled county complex.

    Commission Chairman John P. Olivas and Vice Chairman Alfonso J. Griego voted to terminate Sanchez at last Tuesday’s meeting, while Commissioner Paula Garcia voted against the move.

    Olivas has stepped in as acting county manager.

    He issued a statement about the termination Tuesday morning.

  • Cop: DWI driver tried to hide identity

    A Glorieta man with two prior DWI arrests on his record was arrested again on Sunday after someone spotted him passed out in his vehicle near the San Juan exit off Interstate 25 and called police.

    But what the man allegedly did next has him facing six additional fourth-degree felonies.

    A statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court on Monday alleges that Marcario Garcia-Lopez, 44, claimed to be Carlos Garcia when he was confronted by a state police officer.

  • Bombing investigation continues

    By Jimmy Golen
    The Associated Press

    BOSTON — Investigators appealed to the public Tuesday for amateur video and photos that might yield clues to the Boston Marathon bombing as the chief FBI agent in Boston vowed “we will go to the ends of the Earth” to find whoever carried out the deadly attack.