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  • Day of Reckoning

    By Mercy López
    and Martín Salazar
    Las Vegas Optic

    In the end, it came down to Charles Trujillo in the back seat of a state police vehicle  on a rainy evening in August.

  • BREAKING: Local DA is charging former PED Licensure Bureau chief

    By Mercy López and Martín Salazar

    Las Vegas Optic

    Authorities have arrested the man who was once in charge of the state Public Education Department’s Licensure Bureau, and he is now facing multiple counts of forgery and fraud for faking his credentials.

    Charles Trujillo was arrested Thursday evening in Albuquerque on an arrest warrant.

  • Mistrial in Hubble case

    Las Vegas Police Chief Juan Montaño said Thursday that the criminal case against a Las Vegas couple accused of extreme animal cruelty to animals in connection with the death of a pit bull terrier last September will move forward despite a mistrial declared in the case on Wednesday.

    Alex Alirez, 43, and Panchita Maes-Alirez, 35, are each facing felony counts of extreme cruelty to animals and four misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

  • Heritage Week: Historic homes tour is Saturday

    Las Vegas has a long and unique history, which includes Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders, the Santa Fe Trail and Harvey Houses.

    Not only is Las Vegas’ life story in books, but it is also seen through more than 60 major productions which have been filmed here, including Easy Rider, Wild Hogs, Wyatt Earp, All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, and the popular television series Longmire.

    For the next week, Las Vegas will celebrate its diverse and unique history through plenty of events as part of this year’s Heritage Week.

  • Most of state still in severe drought

    The Associated Press

    Despite the start of monsoon season, most of New Mexico is under severe drought, thanks to high temperatures last month and below average rainfall.

    Data released Thursday by the U.S. Drought Monitor showed that 72 percent of New Mexico is experiencing severe drought conditions. Nearly 100 percent of the state is “abnormally dry” or worse.

    The drought conditions are returning a year after the state received a good amount of rainfall.

  • Active shooter training on Highlands campus
  • Jail Log

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between July 26 and Aug 2:

    Daniel Sullivan, age unavailable, seven-day commitment, Las Vegas Municipal Court

    Scott Sena, age unavailable, battery on a household member, resisting, evading, or obstructing an officer, San Miguel Magistrate Court

    Gabriel Quintana, 35, 28-day commitment, San Miguel Magistrate Court

    Anyssa Lucero, 24, conditions of release previously imposed,  reviewed or revoked, District Court

  • New Mexico Briefs

    The Associated Press
    and Optic Staff

    Tax-free holiday under way

    Anyone interested in saving a few bucks should hit the stores.

    New Mexico is having its tax-free holiday on this weekend, which means you can purchase clothing, school supplies and even computers tax-free all weekend long.

    There are some restrictions:

    Items exempt from sales tax for the weekend include:

    • Clothing and footwear $100 and under

    • School supplies such as pens, paper and other classroom necessities $30 and under.

  • GOP frustrations with Trump mount

    By Steve Peoples
    and Jonathan Lemire
    The Associated Press

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Their party in crisis, Republicans’ frustration with Donald Trump reached new heights this week as party leaders on Capitol Hill and inside New York’s Trump Tower scrambled to persuade their presidential nominee to abandon divisive tactics that have triggered sinking poll numbers and low morale.

    Party chairman Reince Priebus appealed to the New York billionaire’s adult children to help amid new signs of a campaign in trouble.

  • Oh what a sight!