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  • Former governor of Laguna Pueblo to address Republicans

    Submitted to the Optic

    The former governor of Laguna Pueblo, Richard Luarkie, will speak at 11 a.m. April 25 in the meeting room of the Best Western Montezuma Inn and Suites, 2020 N Grand Ave.   

    San Miguel County Republicans will meet at 9 a.m. for their Biennial Organizational Convention to elect new County Central Committee members, new county officers, and delegates to the Republican State Central Committee. Following the convention, there will be a reception for Gov. Luarkie.

  • Jail Log - April 10, 2015

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 31 and April 6:
     
    Dominic Quintana, 42, failure to appear, bench warrant, LV Municipal
    Vivian Vigil, 27, aggravated battery on household member, interference with communication
    Jacob Cordova, age unavailable, aggravated DWI, possession of marijuana, no headlamps
    Jose Trujillo, 27, 26-day commitment
    Jenny Montaño, 29, failure to pay fines, failure to comply with conditions of probation, bench warrant SM Magistrate/SM District

  • Death notification bungled

    The last time anyone saw Tony M. Trujillo Jr. alive was March 27.

    The 48-year-old Las Vegas native was a licensed practical nurse who worked at a retirement home in Santa Fe. He commuted to his job from Las Vegas and was good about staying in touch with his mother, Theresa Trujillo, and his sisters.

    As days went by without his mother or two sisters hearing from him, their concern began to grow. By Saturday, they were so worried that they drove to the state police headquarters in Las Vegas to file a missing persons report.

  • A field of dreams - Pecos proud of $2.4M complex

    Baseball and softball are in full swing. For Pecos students, the beginning of the spring sports season also marked the opening of their newly completed softball and baseball complex, located near the elementary school.

  • HU to require some students live on campus

    Full-time freshman coming to New Mexico Highlands University from outside the area will soon have to call one of the residence halls home.

    The Highlands Board of Regents voted unanimously last week to adopt the new requirement. Some freshmen are exempted from the policy, including those who will be living with family within a 45-mile radius of the university.

    Highlands Dean of Students Fidel Trujillo said the requirement would help with student retention and with higher academic success rates.

  • Republican picked for Senate vacancy

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Gov. Susana Martinez on Friday chose a Republican to fill a New Mexico Senate seat left vacant by the abrupt resignation of Democrat Phil Griego.

    Martinez picked former Estancia Mayor Ted Barela to fill the remainder of Griego’s term, which expires in 2016.

  • Details emerge in Tenorio drug arrests

    The Tecolote man and woman arrested Thursday morning on drug charges had sold cocaine to a police informant multiple times, according to court documents obtained by the Optic.

  • State police: Two kids killed in crash

    The Associated Press

    ANTON CHICO — New Mexico authorities say two children riding in a car driven by a Colorado woman were killed in a collision with a vehicle operated by a Texas man.

    The accident happened late Monday on U.S. 84 south of Anton Chico.

    The New Mexico State Police identified those killed as 12-year-old Luciano Aragon and 7-year-old Juaquin Gutierrez and said the children were passengers in a southbound vehicle driven by 20-year-old Andria Nieto of Colorado Springs.

  • College’s name change stirs up dispute

    The Associated Press

    ESPANOLA — A name change is at the center of a dispute involving a northern New Mexico college already entangled in accusations of budget mismanagement and poor leadership, a school official said Saturday.

    The Board of Regents at Northern New Mexico College voted last January to rename the institution Northern New Mexico University, a move that irked several lawmakers and even some school officials.

  • Looking Back - April 8, 2015

    In 1965
    Monday, April 5 — Three Neighborhood Youth Corps Projects providing work experience opportunities have been approved by the Department of Labor for San Miguel County. The projects are sponsored by the West Las Vegas Schools, East Las Vegas Schools and San Miguel County Board of Commissioners. These will serve a total of 237 enrollees at a total cost of $174,400, with the federal share at $144,655.