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  • AG: Benavidez should resign

    Embattled West Las Vegas School Board member Anthony “Leroy” Benavidez has until April 20 to resign from the board, and if he fails to do so, he may face criminal or civil sanctions, the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office is warning.

    At issue is Benavidez’ 2002 felony drug conviction. Under state law, a felon is not eligible to hold public office unless the individual has received a pardon or had his or her political rights restored.

    The AG’s office sent a letter and an email to Benavidez on Wednesday urging him to resign.

  • Teen takes plea in homicide case

    The 16-year-old boy charged last year with fatally stabbing his mother’s boyfriend appeared in district court last week and admitted that he had committed the crime of second-degree murder.

    Fabian Maes entered the plea during a hearing last Wednesday. Judge Gerald Baca accepted the plea after advising the teen of his rights. As part of the plea agreement, a charge of possession of a controlled substance by a minor will be dropped.

    Maes was remanded to Sequoia treatment facility.

  • Performers hit the stage tonight

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The 22nd Annual New Mexico Highlands University Fiesta de la Hispanidad brings music and dance center stage to Ilfeld Auditorium April 8 at 5:45 p.m.

  • 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.

  • Mariachi concert