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  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Risk assessment key to bail reform

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Drug Policy Alliance and others are joining in support of bail reforms in New Mexico, saying there’s a need for more risk assessment tools to help judges determine whether defendants should be detained or released pending trial.

  • Puerto Rico angry at Trump official ‘good news story’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged a relentless effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from hurricane devastation Friday after his homeland security chief stirred a tempest of her own making by declaring the federal response a “good news story.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 1, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28:

    Alexander Lara, 39, seven-day commitment, Mora County. Lawrence Trujillo, 37, concealing ID, driving on suspended/revoked license, no registration, forgery, San Miguel District Court, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Tracy Crespin, 31, aggravated DWI (fourth offense), failure to stop, driving on suspended/revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Jeffrey Shelton, 39, failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court.

  • Man found deceased at home during fire

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An elderly adult male was found deceased outside of a home in the 500 block of Ninth Street when the Las Vegas Fire Department responded to a call about a fire Wednesday afternoon.

    The fire was called in at about 4:30 p.m. According to City of Las Vegas Public Information Officer Lee Einer, the LVFD response time by was two minutes. Einer said the deceased man was apparently non-ambulatory (wheelchair-bound,) and was found outside the home. 

  • Wagon Mound hoping to improve ambulance coverage

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Fifty years ago, it was common for a New Mexico State Police trooper or a county sheriff’s deputy to use their vehicle to transport someone who needed emergency medical care.

    As time rolled on, ambulance service has been brought into rural communities, with an endless series of success and setbacks, especially in towns along major highways. Wagon Mound is one of those highway communities still struggling to get and keep ambulance service.

  • Another man added to list of Catholic accusers

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Another anonymous man was recently added to the list of alleged victims of abuse from a longtime Las Vegas priest.

    John Doe No. 71 came forward in early September to confront the Archdiocese for the repeated sexual abuse he suffered as a six-year-old child at the hands of Fr. Hubertus Lomme at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in the 1950s.

  • A love that never tires

    Those who drive around Camp Luna receive a visual treat as they walk or drive along Avenida Hermosa, where there’s an array of teacups, sugar bowls and flowers adjacent to the property line.

    The creator of these objects, Charles (Charlie) Tapia, has devised a variety of collectible and attractive objects made simply of used tires.

    “I get most of my tires free,” said  “because people keep discarding them.”

  • Two west-side streets to get pavement, sidewalks

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a recemt City of Las Vegas news release, a historically underserved west-side area of the city will soon be getting sidewalks, gutters and pavement.

    The improvements will be made in the ward of Councilman David Ulibarri. He lives near the project site.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Regulators approve solar proposal

    SANTA FE — Residents in some of the most remote corners of the Navajo Nation will have access to phone and internet service under a plan approved by New Mexico utility regulators.

    The Public Regulation Commission on Wednesday gave unanimous approval to a plan by Sacred Wind Communications to use the New Mexico Universal Service Fund to help pay for individual solar units that can be used on homes without electricity.

  • Coyote Ranger District plans prescribed burns

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE — Fire managers in the Coyote Ranger District of Santa Fe National Forest hope to take advantage of favorable conditions, including fuel moisture levels, air quality and forecasted weather, to conduct previously announced prescribed burns sometime between late September and Dec. 31, 2017.

    Fire managers are looking at three targets for fall burning on the Coyote District:

    • The French Mesa treatment area (5,041 acres located approximately 10 miles north of Gallina);