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  • Magistrate moving back to Seventh Street

    Las Vegas Optic

    The San Miguel County Magistrate Court is returning to its former home on Seventh Street from its current location at the Dee Bibb Industrial Park.

    As a result of the move, the court will be closed for several days to allow a move to its former location at 1927 Seventh St. The court will close at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, and will reopen on Tuesday, April 19 at the Seventh Street location.
    The move comes after a year-long stint at its current location at 312 Bibb Industrial Drive.

  • $2,000 raised for scholarships
  • Jail Log April 8, 2016

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 29 and April 3:
    Ronald Tapia, 46, failure to appear, failure to report, bench warrant, SM Magistrate, Bernalillo
    Obed Salas, 57, aggravated DWI (4th), driving on suspended revoked license, resisting arrest, open container, failure to maintain lane
    Eliseo Vigil, 35, 4-day commitment
    Jason Smith, 23, improper equipment (failure to have operating plate lamp), larceny, disposing of stolen property, bench warrant, SM Magistrate

  • Spat escalates over secret legislative records

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Staff attorneys and advisers to the New Mexico Legislature on Wednesday stood by their refusal to turn over documents to prosecutors in the criminal investigation of former state Sen. Phil Griego.

    The Legislative Council Service said in a court filing that it is duty-bound to protect privileged communications between lawmakers, including Griego, and its aides and attorneys who help draft legislation.

  • State treasurer gives raises to top employees

    The Associated Press

    New Mexico’s state treasurer has handed out a few sizeable raises despite cuts to his department’s budget.

    Treasurer Tim Eichenberg gave pay hikes to nearly a dozen employees during his first year on the job, reported KRQE-TV.

  • East hires new superintendent

    Kelt L. Cooper received a warm welcome by the Las Vegas City Schools board on Saturday afternoon as it unanimously voted to hire him as superintendent.

    The vote came after a roughly six hour meeting in which the board interviewed all five finalists for the position in executive session. Cooper will replace outgoing superintendent Ruben Cordova, who announced his return to retirement earlier this year. Cordova’s last day with the district is April 30.

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  • Highlands fundraising goal met

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The Highlands University Foundation met its goal to raise $250,000 in private money to increase high-impact practices that boost student success.

    The New Mexico Higher Education Department will now provide a 2:1 match, creating a permanent $750,000 endowment.

  • Ex-senator pleads not guilty to fraud

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Former New Mexico state Sen. Phil Griego pleaded not guilty on Monday to fraud and bribery charges in a long-simmering political scandal over his role in the sale of a state-owned building.

  • AG clears last 2 mental health providers

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    The last two mental health providers under investigation for possible Medicaid fraud have been cleared by New Mexico’s top prosecutor.

    Attorney General Hector Balderas sent a letter Tuesday to state lawmakers informing them of the outcome.

    “As with the previous 10 investigations, although the investigation identified some regulatory violations, we were unable to substantiate a deliberate or intentional pattern of fraud,” Balderas wrote.