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  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb.25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2018:
    Chusai Padilla, Four Magistrate Court Warrants, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jessca E. Gonzales,  Magistrate Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Rebecca L. Livingston, Magistrate Warrant, Curry County.
    Jerome J. Pacheco,  Adult Probation Warrant, Guadalupe County Magistrate Court.
    Santino Rivera Razo, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Adult Probation.

  • Martial arts academy earns state honor

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    A Las Vegas business was set to be recognized during the 2018 Legislative Session.

    Las Vegas Karate Academy was scheduled to be recognized as a Star Client of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network at La Fonda in Santa Fe. The annual reception recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs from across New Mexico who are seeing tremendous growth in their businesses.

    Las Vegas Karate Academy, a woman-owned business based in Las Vegas, specializes in martial arts training, with an emphasis on karate.

  • Supreme Court Justice Chavez to retire

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez will retire next month.

    The court announced Thursday that Chavez’s retirement will be effective March 9 and that a nominating committee will meet in April to interview applicants and recommend potential candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Valley School Student Council wins first at state conference

    Members of the Valley Middle School Student Council attended the Feb. 8-9 NMASC State Conference, which was held at Bernalillo High School.

    Its theme was Amplify Your Leadership: Born to Rock It!

    The VMS Council received a first-place honor Delegates Choice Ribbon and first-place Judge’s Choice Plaque.

  • Professor’s paper sheds light on diagnosing hypertension

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor will publish a research study that helps shed new light on better diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

    Jessica Snow co-authors the paper that will be published in the American Journal of Physiology.

  • Courting the Shifts

    The judge, who received inspiration from her grandfather, Luis E. Armijo, reflected on her career as she shifts into retirement. Chief Judge Christina Armijo said she chose to retire from active into seniority status “because I enjoy the work I do very much.”

    “It’s a personal choice I made and I look forward to providing public service with a slightly reduced case load,” she said.

  • Winners, losers at the 2018 state legislative session

    By Andrew Oxford and Steve Terrell, the Santa Fe New Mexican


    College students: The New Mexico Lottery’s staff and various legislators wanted to rewrite state law to eliminate the requirement that 30 percent of gross revenue from the lottery go for college scholarships.

  • O’Rear has interim tag removed; is Alta Vista's CEO

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced earlier this month that Caleb F. O’Rear, MHA, FACHE was named chief executive officer, effective Feb. 12.

    O’Rear has served as interim chief executive officer for the past five months. Prior to coming to New Mexico and Alta Vista, O’Rear most recently served as interim hospitalpresident for Metrocrest Hospital Authority.

  • Acequias defend use of Spanish language

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Acequia Association has joined a local acequia in a case currently before the New Mexico Court of Appeals.
    In January, the Court of Appeals approved the filing of an amicus brief (friend of the court) filed by the NMAA and other parties in the case Parkview Community Ditch v. Peper.  

  • Philanthropist pledges $100 million to global educational movement

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Philanthropist Shelby Davis has pledged more than $100 million to theglobal education movement known as the United World College, whose only U.S. campus is in Montezuma, north of Las Vegas.

    The donation to the UWC will fund 100 scholarships annually for students from more than 150 countries to attend one of the 17 campuses worldwide for their final two years of high school. UWC brings students from around the globe to live and learn together with a shared mission for peace. Many could only dream of this opportunity.