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Today's News

  • Center seeks to change lives

    San Miguel County officials and volunteers who have worked for years to establish an adult reintegration center for incarcerated individuals here are on the verge of that dream becoming a reality.

    Work has already begun on that 12-bed reintegration facility. It is being built adjacent to the San Miguel County Detention Center and is tentatively scheduled to open on Nov. 11.

    County officials and volunteers working on the project took a moment Wednesday to celebrate their success, holding a ceremony outside of what will be the new reintegration center.

  • Valley Pre-K program solvent

    A handful of parents from the Ribera area were up in arms during a West Las Vegas school board meeting on Wednesday evening.

    They wanted to ensure the district would continue to offer the Pre-K program for the upcoming school year.

  • HALL PASS - NMHU prof inducted into Martial Arts Hall of Fame

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    The United States Martial Arts Association inducted a Highlands University professor into its 2015 Hall of Fame in June.
    Bob Bell, an exercise and sports sciences professor, joined the Highlands faculty in 2014 and teaches judo. The retired chiropractor and 7th degree black belt has trained in judo for 30 years, teaching and coaching 28 of those years.

  • Food assistance program relocates

    Submitted to the Optic

    Volunteers with the Comedor de San Pascual spent Friday moving the entire operation to the Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Hall.

    Comedor de San Pascual is a feeding and food distribution program that has served the community for six years out of the Las Vegas Senior Center.

  • Panel: Supreme Court should support no-bond amendment

    By Susan Montoya Bryan
    The Associated Press

    A special panel of judges, lawyers and other legal experts on Thursday recommended that New Mexico’s highest court support a constitutional amendment to give judges the option to order the most dangerous, violent criminal defendants held in jail pending trial with no bond.

  • In Brief - News - Aug. 12, 2015

    The Associated Press
    SF man facing rape charges

    SANTA FE — A Santa Fe man, who was arrested for assault with a deadly weapon last week, is facing new charges after police found that he may have drugged women and had sex with them while they were unconscious.
    Michael Collins, 44, was charged Thursday with two counts of rape and voyeurism, and a count each of kidnapping, interfering with communication and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

  • Meadow City Music Festival kicks off Friday

    The Meadow City Music Festival kicks off next Friday with a free performance by Floozy at Plaza Park. The event will run until Monday.

  • Orthopedist joins Alta Vista Regional Hospital staff

    Submitted to the Optic

    Chenthuran Deivaraju, M.D. (Dr. Chen), has joined the Alta Vista Regional Hospital medical staff and community. Deivaraju has extensive training and experience in multiple areas of orthopedics, ranging from fractures to total knee and hip replacement.

  • Noticias- August 17, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Casa de Samaritan Homeless Shelter at 716 Grand Ave. is operating every night, providing meals, laundry and hot showers from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The shelter is open for overnight stays. The Thrift Store, at Seventh and Legion, offers vouchers for clothing, bedding, etc. Samaritan House offers a food pantry distribution every second and fifth Wednesday. Applications for rental services for those who may qualify are available call 454-1390.

  • Unfortunate ruling

    Terminally ill patients in New Mexico struggling with end-of-life decisions suffered a sad setback last week.

    The New Mexico Court of Appeals determined that doctors should not be allowed to help competent, terminally ill patients who want to end their lives, reversing a lower court’s ruling.