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  • In Brief - News - Aug. 12, 2015

    The Associated Press
    SF man facing rape charges

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe man, who was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon last week, is facing new charges after police found that he may have drugged women and had sex with them while they were unconscious.
    Michael Collins, 44, was charged Thursday with two counts of rape and voyeurism, and a count each of kidnapping, interfering with communication and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

  • Orthopedist joins Alta Vista Regional Hospital staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Chenthuran Deivaraju, M.D. (Dr. Chen), has joined the Alta Vista Regional Hospital medical staff and community. Deivaraju has extensive training and experience in multiple areas of orthopedics, ranging from fractures to total knee and hip replacement.

  • Musician Preston Garza dies

    Preston Garza, an award-winning musician who entertained crowds with his Spanish folk music for years, has died. He was 44.

    Garza died at his home in Tecolote Wednesday night, just one month shy of his 45th birthday, his aunt Margie Garza told the Optic. She said an autopsy was planned to determine cause of death.

    “It’s hard. We couldn’t sleep last night,” she said.

  • Few changes at West district

    Students of the West Las Vegas School district will return Monday with zero changes from the previous school year, while staff will receive a 1 percent raise this school year.

  • New principals at several East schools

    When students return to their school Monday in the Las Vegas City School district, they will come across several administrative changes. In late July, Superintendent Ruben Cordova said Anthony Marquez will serve as principal at Paul D. Henry Elementary School but Cordova has since moved Marquez to Sierra Vista Elementary and Legion Park Elementary.

    The move will now place Nancy Jeffery at Paul D. Henry Elementary, where she will serve as principal, along with her duties in assisting with instructional programs with Martina Tapia.

  • It’s fair time - County Fair runs through Saturday
  • Right-to-die ruling struck down

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE) — The New Mexico Court of Appeals on Tuesday struck down a prior Bernalillo County District Court ruling that essentially allowed assisted suicide in the state.

    In a split decision, a majority of the court concluded “that aid in dying is not a fundamental liberty interest under the New Mexico Constitution.”

  • Officials: Democrats’ emails unblocked

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

    A server issue that was blocking emails from the Democratic Party of New Mexico to state agencies has been resolved, officials said Wednesday.

    The Department of Information Technology contacted the service provider for state email addresses after an inquiry by The Associated Press this week and Democrats should no longer be blocked, Secretary of State spokesman Ken Ortiz said.

  • Jail Log - August 14, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 3 and Aug. 10:
    Gemma Esquibel, 44, DWI, bench warrant,  LV Municipal
    Joseph Mondragon, 38, 10-day commitment, SM Magistrate
    Louie Mares, 49, hold for court
    Michael Dominguez, 30, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM District
    Sasha Gonzales, 30, aggravated DWI, careless driving, open container, no insurance, roadways laned for traffic,
    Michael Valdez, 57, battery on household member

  • Looking Back - Aug. 14, 2015

    In 1965

    Thursday, Aug. 12 — With Christy Trujillo pitching a no-hitter and with its hitters smacking the ball around the lot, Whorton’s beat Public Service 25-0 in a five-inning softball game. The game was called after five innings by the 10-run rule. Trujillo picked up two strikeouts in his no-hitter. Ralph Quintana was the loser for Public Service. Heavy hitters for Whorton’s included Carl Sterling with a home run, Leo Segura with a homer and Ray Villa with a pair of triples.