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Today's News

  • Jail Log - Oct. 8, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 29 and Oct. 6:

    Andrew Vigil, 59, driving on suspended revoked license, no registration, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Flora Montoya-Guinn, 29, probation violation: positive UA (methamphetamine, heroin, cocaine), Adult Probation. 

    Timothy Linker, 26, aggravated DWI, leaving the scene of an accident, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Samuel Coca, 37, probation violation: aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, Adult Probation.

  • The Nation In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Poll: U.S. going wrong direction

    WASHINGTON — Just 24 percent of Americans believe the country is heading in the right direction after a tumultuous stretch for President Donald Trump that included the threat of war with North Korea, stormy complaints about hurricane relief and Trump’s equivocating about white supremacists.

  • City releases report on employee injury

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    The City of Las Vegas recently released an investigative report regarding a July 21 employee injury, in response to a Las Vegas Optic public information request.

    Margaret Silva, an employee of the Solid Waste department, suffered a fall while attempting to tarp a tractor trailer’s load at the city’s solid waste facility and was taken to a hospital by ambulance.

  • N.M. health clinics fret over funding delays

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Operators of community health centers in New Mexico watched warily on Wednesday as congressional committees in Washington wrestled with proposals to extend crucial funding for clinics that are a mainstay of rural health care in the state.

    Federal funding expired at the end of September for federally qualified health centers, along with a popular health insurance program for children from low-income families.

  • You, too, can become a ‘Getaway’ parent

    Back in February 2015, Mark and I took a tour of Montezuma Castle led by UWC-USA students from Israel, Palestine, Romania and The Netherlands.

    That afternoon re-awakened my passion for communicating with people from different countries and cultures. That’s what UWC-USA is all about.

    As you know, my children were born and educated in multi-cultural Switzerland. When Thomas’s 4th grade teacher suggested an international lunch, classmates brought specialities from Pakistan, Spain, Israel, The Netherlands, Australia, Sweden and Switzerland.

  • Unknowingly controlled by strangers

    Just a Thought ... By Rick Kraft

    We are controlled by strangers whom we will never meet and we don’t even recognize it.

    I am on vacation and I get up in complete darkness in the middle of the night to use the bathroom. As I walk across the room trying to remember where the door is, my left wrist lights up and my watch tells me it is 2:51 am and states “You did it! You have earned an hour towards your standing goal.”

  • Bradner Reservoir work is moving forward

    From the City

    Work on Bradner Reservoir is proceeding from design to the construction phase.

    There are two parts to the construction project at Bradner Reservoir. First is the rehabilitation of the auxiliary embankment, main embankment and the spillway and second is the installation of the outlet tower.

  • Failing schools: the elephant in the room

     Another Perspective

    I want to talk about the “elephant” in the room; and that is the quality of our schools. WalletHub is the most credible national norm referenced statistic center for education (New Mexico is ranked 50th of 51 states).

    The New Mexico State Department of Education has begun grading school districts and East and West Las Vegas both earned a D-plus. The top five public school districts in New Mexico are Los Alamos, Rio Rancho, Grady, Fort Sumner, and Cimarron.

  • Editorial: How many guns do we need?

    Every time a derranged person — usually a male — notches some type of new low in terms of casualties in a mass shooting, it’s tempting to look at economics, weapons laws and mental health coverage for gaps and loopholes.

    It’s time to start looking at the sheer volume of weapons we are putting into circulaiton.

  • Soccer: Beasties push No. 1 Prep

    Unbeaten in nine matches and ranked No. 1 in Class 1A-4A girls’ soccer, Santa Fe Prep was the clear favorite at Robertson on Thursday.

    Still, the Blue Griffins had about as much trouble shaking Robertson off their trail as they did kicking the mud of RHS Field off their cleats. The Blue Griffins never were able to pull away in an eventual 3-1 defeat of the Lady Cardinals on Thursday evening.

    They improved to 9-0-1, while the Lady Cards slipped to 7-8.