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  • Local bank partners with PNM to boost business

    Submitted to the Optic

    Public Service Company of New Mexico, a subsidiary of PNM Resources, announced recently it has completed a unique financing agreement designed to increase business with New Mexico banks.

    The agreement supports economic development in local communities and provides PNM with necessary capital funding to maintain its top quartile reliability and continue to improve its systems. Southwest Capital Bank based out of Las Vegas is one of the banks participating in the agreement.

  • Foster parent information meeting Wednesday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The public is invited to an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, to learn about foster and adoptive parenting opportunities with New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. The information meeting will be held at the local CYFD office at 2518 Ridge Runner Road.

    Currently there are 33 children in San Miguel County in the foster care system. There is a need for more foster parents in this community.

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  • State to relocate pronghorn

    The Associated Press

    CIMARRON — State wildlife officials plan to capture and relocate almost 200 pronghorn from a northern New Mexico ranch.

    Game and Fish Department officials say the animals similar to antelopes will be herded, corralled and transported from a private ranch near Cimarron that has been experiencing damage to irrigated cropland.

    The department will relocate most of the pronghorn to national forest land near Fort Stanton and to Bureau of Land Management land northwest of Roswell.

  • Agency troubled by shortages

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A state agency under fire for its handling of an abuse claim made by a child allegedly killed by his mother has a history of staff shortages.

    A recent budget report released by the Legislative Finance Committee shows the vacancy rate for the Children, Youth and Families Department’s Protective Services Division was at 15 percent earlier this month.

    That rate has remained relatively unchanged in recent years despite the hiring of over 300 social workers in just three years.

  • Boom boosts state earnings

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An oil and gas boom in New Mexico and more than a dozen new renewable energy projects have translated into record earnings of more than $670 million for the State Land Office, boosting the funding available for public schools, universities and other trust beneficiaries.

    In announcing the figures Wednesday, Land Commissioner Ray Powell said 2013 marked the biggest year in the agency’s history. In December alone, earnings reached a record $79 million.

  • Candidates file for city posts

    Las Vegas Optic

  • Drive-by suspects arrested

    Multiple calls to Las Vegas police about shots fired in different areas of the city early Saturday morning ended with the arrest of two suspects on drive-by shooting charges.

    Ramon L. Flores, 28, of the 1000 block of New Mexico Avenue was being held in the San Miguel County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond while his passenger, Aaron Martinez, 27, who resides on Martinez Road, was being held on a $10,000 cash bond.

    Documents filed in San Miguel County Magistrate Court Monday state that both men were intoxicated.

  • Wrong-way driver charged

    State police on Monday identified the wrong-way driver who was shot while allegedly driving aggressively toward an officer as 72-year-old Albert J. Urban of Hamburg, NY.

    State police reported Monday that Urban was in stable condition at University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque.

    When he is released from the hospital he will be booked into jail on two counts of aggravated assault upon a peace office, third-degree felonies, and with one count of aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer, a fourth-degree felony.

  • FYI - Jan. 8, 2014

    As of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday four people had filed to run in the March 4 municipal Election. In Ward 1, Oliver L’Esperance filed. Incumbent City Councilor Tonita Gurule-Giron told the Optic she would seek re-election. In Ward 4, Michael Espinoza filed, as did incumbent Councilman David L. Romero. And Judge Eddie A. Trujillo filed to seek another term as municipal judge. For a complete list of candidates, go to the Optic’s website: lasvegasoptic.com. The list is unofficial until the city clerk certifies candidates on Wednesday.