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  • Exercising the mind and body

    A large crowd filled Sala de Madrid on Saturday as several groups comprised the Dr. Seuss Literacy Celebration

    In addition to giveaways of books, book markers, pencils and notebooks, there was entertainment.

    The program, sponsored by the Literacy Council of Northeastern New Mexico, included an exercise regimen (above), in which participants perform a dance by imitating the movements of a dancer on a TV screen.

    The dancers are sponsored by Barbara Venturi, NE District Chairwoman of the Elks Club.

  • Honored musicians

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Gabriel Serna Jr. of Las Vegas, age 7, recently competed in The New Mexico Hispano Music Association Children and Youth Competition, where he was nominated for Child Artist of the Year and Song of the year for “La Del Mono Colorado.”

    The winners for the competition were announced at the 27th annual New Mexico Hispano Awards on Jan. 13 at Ohkay Casino.

  • Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018

    Editorial cartoon, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

  • County fire chief resigns

    Elauterio "Mike" Montaño recently resigned as San Miguel County's fire chief and has been replaced quickly — though neither he nor county officials are saying much about the transition.

  • House Dems block expansion of 3-strikes crime law

    By Andrew Oxford, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — The rift over how to stem New Mexico’s rising crime rates burst into the open Thursday, with Democrats blocking a proposal to expand the state’s three-strikes law.

    The bill would have allowed prosecutors to seek life sentences for criminals convicted of three violent felonies. Republicans argue this would keep repeat offenders off the streets.

  • PNM could benefit from proposed bill

    By Steve Terrell, The Santa Fe New Mexican

    SANTA FE — Controversial legislation that would allow the state’s largest utility to recover losses from closing the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station is scheduled to face its first test next week in front of a state Senate committee.

    The Senate Conservation Committee is scheduled to hear Senate Bill 47, sponsored by Sen. Jacob Candelaria, D-Albuquerque, on Tuesday, Jan. 30.

  • Legislature In Brief, Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

    From the Santa Fe New Mexican

    Bipartisan support for solar bill

    Republicans and Democrats alike voted Thursday to back a bill that would reinstate New Mexico’s tax credit for installing rooftop solar panels.

  • Mobile home fire

    This single-wide mobile home on Dodge City Lane, off  Mullins Drive, was destroyed in a fire that was called in about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    Gallinas Volunteer Fire Chief Art Gonzales, whose department was the primary agency on scene, said it appears one woman and two children were home at the time, but no one was injured.

    The home and at least two vehicles appear to be a total loss. Gonzales said while the cause is under investigation, it’s possible the fire started on or near the porch area of the home.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, Jan. 28, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Jan. 19 and Jan. 25:
    Joel Blackburde, Battery Of A Household Member, Possession, Delivery Or Manufacture Of Drug Paraphernalia, Mora Magistrate Court.
    Sylvia D. Ortegon, Possession/Trafficking Of Methamphetamine, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Leandra Pino, Driving On Suspended / Revoked License With Arrest, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Ashley D. Romero, Bench Warrant, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • Highlands business department gets 20-year accreditation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    According to a recent news release from Highlands University, the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs announced the continued accreditation of the university’s Department of Business Administration.

    The university’s graduate and undergraduate programs have been accredited by ACBSP for 20 years and have remained in good standing since their initial accreditation.