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  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Panel seeks crime solutions

    ALBUQUERQUE — A group of New Mexico lawmakers is scheduled to hold another meeting as they search for legislative solutions to reforming the state’s beleaguered criminal justice system and curbing crime in one of its most populated areas.

    The bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform subcommittee will be meeting next week in Albuquerque. Co-chair Sen. Sander Rue says the crime wave has turned into an ocean of crime for Bernalillo County.

  • Jail Log - Sept. 24, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 15 and Sept. 21:

    Aaron Salazar, 33, failure to appear, San Miguel District Court. Deangelo Rodriguez,24, probation violation, involuntary detention, adult probation.

    Apolinario Gonzales, 34, revoked conditions of release. San Miguel District Court.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017

    9.24.2017 SUNDAY

    Noon: Fourth Annual “A Salute To The Troops” concert and dance will be held at Plaza Park starting at 12 noon. This is an all ages show featuring bands such as Darren Cordova y Calor, Gonzalo and Cuarenta y Cinco. Free Admission. Call 505-718-1028 for information.

    Upcoming, Ongoing

    Sept. 28

  • EDC's new program trains people to work from home

    By Sharon Vander Meer, Special to the Optic

    If you are self-motivated and are looking for an opportunity to work from home or in a collaborative environment where you are an independent worker, EDC’s SoloWork project may be the answer for you.

  • Council distributes budget

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a consent agenda that included some departmental budget allocations at Wednesday night’s regular meeting, though there were several other items that took far more time to cover.

    One of those items was a concerted effort to urge the council to bring forth and approve a resolution in the near future in support of New Mexico communities that have the resources to accept refugees from foreign countries.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017

    The Associated Press

    N.M. insurance hike sets record

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Regulators have approved the largest health insurance premium increase in the four-year history of New Mexico’s subsidized exchange, state Insurance Superintendent John Franchini said Wednesday.

    The state’s top insurance regulator said record-setting rate increases in 2018 are heavily influenced by uncertainty about whether the federal government will block or discontinue subsidies to insurers.

  • No charges filed against deputy accused of harboring felon

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    An independent investigation has apparently cleared a San Miguel County Sheriff's deputy of criminal conduct in a case in which an accused felon went months without being found after an arrest warrant had been issued.

    No charges have been recommended or filed against San Miguel deputy Eric Esquibel after an internal Sheriff's Office investigation, an independent investigation by New Mexico State Police and a review by the district attorney in another county.

  • On Parade

    Hundreds of spectators lined the streets of Las Vegas on Friday, Sept. 14 for the West Las Vegas Homecoming parade.

    The week included a 48-0 shutout of Albuquerque Academy in Friday night’ Homecoming football game.

  • A Walking Tribute

    Highlands University softball players marched in their school's Homecoming parade Saturday with a tribute banner for Danielle Cordova, a Bernalillo-area student-athlete who was a freshman on the Cowgirl team when she died in a car accident in April. Thousands of area residents watched or participated in Saturday’s parade.

  • Las Vegas man charged with his eighth DWI

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man was charged with driving while intoxicated for the eighth time, along with an assortment of other charges, after he tried to avoid a sobriety checkpoint and took New Mexico State Police on a brief chase.

    Police say Arsenio Anaya, 53, of the 4600 block of El Llano Road, was traveling northbound on Highway 65, toward Montezuma, in a vehicle with no license plate at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 8.