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  • An important visit

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Dr. Brandon Kempner is Highlands University’s Director of Accreditation, in addition to his duties as an English professor. He’s also the person many faculty mention on campus when talking about the university’s attempts to be taken off of probation by the Higher Learning Commission.

  • Al Hurricane Sr. dies at age 81

    Staff and wire reports

    One of New Mexico's most beloved musicians has reportedly passed away. 

    Al Hurricane, known as the "Godfather of New Mexico music" for developing a distinct sound bridging the state's unique Hispanic traditions with country and rock, died Sunday.

    His son, Al Hurricane, Jr., told The Associated Press that his father died from complications related to a long battle against prostate cancer.

    Two of his daughters were at his side. He was 81.

  • Discussion held on demolishing Paul D. Henry School

    By Gwen Albers, Special to the Optic

    Plans to tear down the Paul D. Henry Elementary School before next summer were discussed briefly during Thursday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board meeting.

    In addition, Superintendent Kelt Cooper said there’s various non-profit and private agencies interested in leasing space at the Legion Park Elementary School, which, like Paul D. Henry and a portion of Memorial Middle School, were closed at the end of the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Bernal-area man tries to keep junkyard, towing service

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The New Mexico Department of Transportation said it might initiate legal action against a Bernal junkyard owner who currently has no state or county authorization to conduct business.

  • Drug Court has new tasks, accreditation hopes

    Submitted by Zabrina Sandoval

    Special to the Optic The San Miguel County DWI “Sobriety” DWI Drug Court Program is a state-funded program brought into existance by the Administrative Office of the Courts.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Federal budget rises to $666 billion

    WASHINGTON  — The federal budget deficit rose to $666 billion in the just-completed fiscal year, a spike that comes as Republicans are moving to draft a tax code rewrite that promises to add up to $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the coming decade.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

     Wire and staff reports

    Planned burn along Gallinas

  • NMHU professor publishes diversity study

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University Spanish professor published a study aimed at advancing higher education curriculums anchored in diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Dr. Norma Valenzuela co-authored the paper in the International Journal of Curriculum and Social Justice.

  • In Brief, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Judge nominee not supported by black lawmakers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel on Thursday narrowly backed the nomination of a North Carolina attorney to fill the nation’s longest judicial vacancy over the objections of Democrats, black lawmakers and some civil rights groups.

  • Jail Log, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19:
    Paul Apodaca, 48, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court. Roberto Benavidez, 67, failure to comply with conditions of release, San Miguel District Court.
    Alexander Lara, 39, aggravated assault against a household member, stalking, Mora County.
    Mariano Araica, 26, aggravated fleeing of a law enforcement, theft of a credit card, fraudulent use of a credit card, robbery, conspiracy, San Miguel Magistrate Court/Santa Fe County.