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  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 8, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 27 and April 5, 2018:
    Jenny E. Montaño, Warrant, Unlawful Larceny Or Shoplifting.
    Robert Vigil, Armed Robbery - Solicitation, Felony.
    Daniel Guerrola, Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon, Attempted); Felony.
    Debra A. Culley, Disorderly Conduct.
    Mariano Araica, Hold For Other Agency.
    Tiffany A. Sanchez, Bench Warrant, Local City Ordinance.
    Dylan J. Roybal-Lucero, Disorderly Conduct, Local City Ordinance.

  • Full scholarships to UWC for two Las Vegas students

    Two Las Vegas high school students have received full scholarships to attend a United World College this fall.

    Taran Franklyn-Atman, a junior at West Las Vegas High School, will attend UWC Mahindra College in India. The 16-year-old is the son of Elsu Atman and Danielle Franklyn.

    Deandre Gutierrez, a sophomore at Robertson High School, will attend Pearson College UWC in British Columbia, Canada. Deandre, 15, is the son of Regina and Orlando Gutierrez.

  • Middle ground

    All is in ready mode — thriving, growing and vibrant — in the 60-foot greenhouse located since 2005 at the closed Memorial Middle School building.

    There are rows of strawberry and raspberry plants; amaryllis and pink and red geraniums show off their bold colors among the sea of green. The green cabbage thrusts its big leaves out from its pot, and grafted apples await transplanting. Even the worms in the three big bins continue munching biodegradable material into nutrient-rich fertilizer. 

  • Voters warm to idea of paying lawmakers

    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE  — Voters in New Mexico may be warming to the idea of professionalizing the nation’s only unsalaried Legislature.

    A poll commissioned by the watchdog group Common Cause found that just over half of registered voters statewide support paying state lawmakers a yearly salary so that they can focus more on public service and less other employment.

  • County attorney, others wrap up testimony in water use hearings

    San Miguel County’s attorney made many trips to Santa Fe last month for a particular case.

  • State releases findings from special City audit

    Wednesday, the Office of the New Mexico Auditor released a much-anticipated report.

  • On the hunt

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Emily Alvidrez picks up a plastic egg during an Easter egg hunt over the weekend.

    Mild, yet windy, conditions allowed a full slate of Easter weekend activities to take place.

  • Walking with a purpose

    Theresa Wesner photo/For the Optic

    Thousands of New Mexicans, including participants in Las Vegas who walked between Immaculate Conception Church to San Antonio Church, made pilgrimages on Good Friday in an annual act of prayer, reflection and sacrifice.

    The largest destination group is usually for El Santuario de Chimayo, with some walking to Chimayo from as far away as Albuquerque.

  • Police host forum on potential re-opening of Camp Luna shooting range

    By Susie Tsyitee, Special to the Optic

    They kept coming.

    Less than a handful of concerned citizens gathered on a March evening in the Las Vegas Police station’s training room to meet with Commander Eric Padilla and Interim Chief Chris Lopez about the condition and future of the shooting range located at Camp Luna.

    By start time, however, more than 40 Camp Luna-area residents, hunters, hobby shooters, and gun safety professionals listened while Padilla outlined city concerns and hopes.

  • Judge approves campaign cash settlement for Pearce, others

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A settlement agreement that allows Congressman Steve Pearce and other federal politicians to bring stockpiles of campaign cash home to run for New Mexico state offices has been approved.

    U.S. District Court Judge Judith Herrera on Monday signed a settlement between Pearce and the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office allowing federal campaign contributions to be transferred to a state campaign if state contributions limits were not exceeded.