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  • Stepping Forward

    By Jesse Gallegos, Luna Community College

    Jessica Weber is a first-generation, non-traditional college student.
    Mother, wife, student, and employee are some of the hats she wears.

    To truly understand Weber, you have to understand her journey.
    Weber, 31, will graduate from Luna Community College in May 2018, with an associate of science degree in general science.

  • Retiring Elmo

    Jan. 31 was “once in a super blue blood moon” for Elmo Baca.

    He referenced the epic once-in-a-lifetime lunar event in his thank you remarks, as well over one hundred co-workers, collaborators, dignitaries and dear friends gathered at La Fonda on the Plaza in Santa Fe to thank him for his years of service to New Mexico communities as he “retired” from his long association with New Mexico MainStreet.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Feb.25, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Feb. 13 and Feb. 20, 2018:
    Chusai Padilla, Four Magistrate Court Warrants, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Jessca E. Gonzales,  Magistrate Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Rebecca L. Livingston, Magistrate Warrant, Curry County.
    Jerome J. Pacheco,  Adult Probation Warrant, Guadalupe County Magistrate Court.
    Santino Rivera Razo, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Adult Probation.

  • Martial arts academy earns state honor

    Las Vegas Optic reports
    A Las Vegas business was set to be recognized during the 2018 Legislative Session.

    Las Vegas Karate Academy was scheduled to be recognized as a Star Client of the New Mexico Small Business Development Center Network at La Fonda in Santa Fe. The annual reception recognizes businesses and entrepreneurs from across New Mexico who are seeing tremendous growth in their businesses.

    Las Vegas Karate Academy, a woman-owned business based in Las Vegas, specializes in martial arts training, with an emphasis on karate.

  • Supreme Court Justice Chavez to retire

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward Chavez will retire next month.

    The court announced Thursday that Chavez’s retirement will be effective March 9 and that a nominating committee will meet in April to interview applicants and recommend potential candidates to Gov. Susana Martinez.

  • Valley School Student Council wins first at state conference

    Members of the Valley Middle School Student Council attended the Feb. 8-9 NMASC State Conference, which was held at Bernalillo High School.

    Its theme was Amplify Your Leadership: Born to Rock It!

    The VMS Council received a first-place honor Delegates Choice Ribbon and first-place Judge’s Choice Plaque.

  • Professor’s paper sheds light on diagnosing hypertension

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands University biology professor will publish a research study that helps shed new light on better diagnosis and treatment of pulmonary hypertension.

    Jessica Snow co-authors the paper that will be published in the American Journal of Physiology.

  • Courting the Shifts

    The judge, who received inspiration from her grandfather, Luis E. Armijo, reflected on her career as she shifts into retirement. Chief Judge Christina Armijo said she chose to retire from active into seniority status “because I enjoy the work I do very much.”

    “It’s a personal choice I made and I look forward to providing public service with a slightly reduced case load,” she said.

  • Winners, losers at the 2018 state legislative session

    By Andrew Oxford and Steve Terrell, the Santa Fe New Mexican


    College students: The New Mexico Lottery’s staff and various legislators wanted to rewrite state law to eliminate the requirement that 30 percent of gross revenue from the lottery go for college scholarships.

  • O’Rear has interim tag removed; is Alta Vista's CEO

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital has announced earlier this month that Caleb F. O’Rear, MHA, FACHE was named chief executive officer, effective Feb. 12.

    O’Rear has served as interim chief executive officer for the past five months. Prior to coming to New Mexico and Alta Vista, O’Rear most recently served as interim hospitalpresident for Metrocrest Hospital Authority.