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  • 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.

  • Luna getting NMDOT help with paving

    Thanks in part to the New Mexico Department of Transportation, Luna Community College is getting some of its parking lots paved this year.

  • Defendant produces handcuff key in District Court

    A recent hearing was interrupted when San Miguel District Court discovered a defendant, who had been transported in from the San Miguel Detention Center, had a handcuff key among the items he brought with him. 

    Bernadino Baca, 38, and five other defendants were all part of a March 15 detention hearing in the courtroom of Judge Abigail Aragon, related to charges from a major Jan. 1 disturbance at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Child Poverty: Summit brings various leaders together

    Thursday morning, 130 people met in the Kluge Auditorium at United World College as attendees of the Tri-County Poverty Summit.

    They represented a varied spectrum of government officials, educators, community leaders, and others offering information about their services.

  • Expanding long-term care

    This year, an institution once called The Territorial Insane Asylum, turns 125 years old. It is now operating as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, and plans are under way for a May celebration, said Frances Tweed, executive director.

    In her position since 2016, Tweed, a career nurse, has worked in healthcare for more than 40 years. In 2003 she started as the director of Standards Compliance at NMBHI.

  • The Associate Press explains: Why Latinos and Spanish remain political issue

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An attack on 18-year-old Cuban-American and Parkland activist Emma González for not speaking Spanish by an Iowa Republican congressman’s campaign staff highlights the pressures U.S.-born Latinos face on language.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 1, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 21 and March 26, 2018:

    Joseph A. Montaño, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Las Vegas Municipal Court.

    Gabriel A. Romero, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Metro Court.

    Justin Perkins, Shoplifting, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Maria T. Vigil, Bench Warrant Arrest, Adult Probation.

  • Record number of students at GEAR UP Event

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A record number of approximately 900 middle and high school students from across the state visited the New Mexico Highlands campus Feb. 28 to get a head start on becoming college students.
    The students were on campus for a GEAR UP New Mexico college visit Highlands co-hosted. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.