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  • Jail log — Jan. 13, 2012

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center by area law enforcement between Jan. 3 and Jan. 9:
    Gilbert Martinez, 66, commitment for drug court violation
    Jacob Sosa, 24, failure to report
    Daniel Crespin, 24, district court commitment
    Antoinette Sanchez-Maestas, 42, failure to report
    Geronimo Padilla, 54, failure to report
    George Duran, 52, aggravated assault
    Jerry Rudolph, 43, DUI
    Fernandez Norman, 24, failure to comply, failure to report
    Josephine Tafoya, 35, larceny 

  • State PRC mulls overhauls

    The Associated Press

  • Gov. pushes background checks for foster parents

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

  • Suit: State worker fired over driver’s license rules

    By Russell Contreras
    The Associated Press

  • In Brief

    Gila Cliff Dwellings reopen

    SILVER CITY — The Gila Cliff Dwellings has reopened to the public.
    The park announced Wednesday that it was reopening after workers finished repairs to the West Fork Bridge, which was damaged in a flood. The reopening, which was originally planned for December, was delayed because of inclement weather conditions.

  • Plan offered in redistricting

    By Barry Massey
    The Associated Press
    SANTA FE — Two Republican incumbents are lumped together in the same southeastern New Mexico district under a new bipartisan plan for revamping the boundaries of state Senate districts.
    Gov. Susana Martinez and other Republicans along with groups of Democrats and Native Americans outlined the plan Wednesday to a state district court judge, who will decide how to realign districts for population changes during the past decade.

  • Fort Union Monument to waive entrance fees

    Submitted to the Optic

  • BREAKING: Candidates file for city election

    Mayor Alfonso Ortiz is seeking re-election as mayor afterall. Ortiz filed his declaration of candidacy late Tuesday afternoon. He had previously told the Optic he wasn't planning to seek a second term.

  • Grades in for area schools

    The state Public Education Department has released its first letter grades for schools throughout New Mexico, and those grades don’t paint a very flattering picture of most of the schools in Las Vegas.

    No schools in Las Vegas got an A. Only three got B’s. Eight got C’s, four got Ds and three got F’s.

    The only area school to receive an A was Mora High.

    This is the first time the state issues letter grades to schools.

  • Making Music

    The Mora Schools music program started the new year with a $2,500 donation

    The area school district received the check from the Kanter-Kallman Foundation, Inc. in New York. The district plans to use the money to fix broken musical instruments used for the mariachi program.

    Mora Superintendent Thomas Garcia said someone at the foundation has roots to the Mora area, though he declined to disclose the name of the individual.