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  • In Brief - News - July 13, 2015

    The Associated Press

    Lawmaker’s father settles suit
    SANTA FE — The father of a New Mexico lawmaker has settled two lawsuits in which he claims he was wrongfully arrested for drunk driving and assaulting an officer.
    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Luciano Trujillo, whose son is state Rep. Carl Trujillo, will receive $85,000 from Santa Fe County’s insurer.

  • Robertson senior elected as state FFA vice president

    Submitted to the Optic

    Being actively involved in many leadership roles in his community, Amador Gonzales knows the impact service has on others.

    Gonzales knows what it means to serve, and will continue to do so this year. Gonzales was elected to serve as the 2015-2016 New Mexico FFA District II President/State Vice President in early June during the 87th Annual New Mexico FFA State Convention held in Las Cruces.

  • Noticias - July 13, 2015

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.
    • Substance Abuse Groups meetings take place 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 713 Railroad Ave. Las Vegas. For more information, call 425-2687.
    • Interested in fostering or adopting a New Mexico child? Call CYFD at 1-800-432-2075 or 426-7594 for more information.

  • Que Pasa - July 13, 2015

    • The New Mexico Highlands University Swimming pool will be offering swim lessons for children ages four and older starting Monday, July 13. The lessons will run Monday thru Thursday, at 10 a.m. or 11 a.m. at a cost of $30 for eight lessons. Registration will take place this Monday, July 13 before each session. For more information, call 454-3073.


  • Editorial cartoon - July 13, 2015
  • Unfortunate response

    The allegations that have surfaced against New Mexico Taxation and Revenue Secretary Demesia Padilla are serious and troubling.

    But also troubling is the public response by Gov. Susana Martinez’s office.

    An anonymous person reached out to the state Auditor’s Office to allege that Padilla might have improperly influenced a tax audit of a former client. Specifically, Padilla is being accused of helping the former unidentified client to protect herself from liability and of influencing or pressuring tax employees to help benefit the former client.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The Roswell Incident and pop culture

    Last weekend I experienced my first Cosmicon. That’s cosmic, not comic, aptly named for its interstellar flavor, which was inspired by an incident in 1947 that put Roswell on the international map.

    Cosmicon is an annual event alongside a science fiction film festival and the 20-year-old UFO Festival, which The Alien City puts on every year around the Fourth of July. And it’s all owed to an alleged UFO crash outside Roswell more than a half century ago.

  • Title town - La Plaza’s 11-12 baseball triumph completes sweep for locals; LVLL takes five district championships

    Roy Pacheco and Joaquin Perea smashed two home runs apiece, and Elijah Alarcon connected on a grand slam, as La Plaza 11-12 baseball team romped past Las Vegas 22-1 on Saturday for the District 4 Majors championship.

    It was a fitting exclamation point for a huge week for the Las Vegas area’s youth baseball and softball teams.

    Eight divisions contested.

    Eight district championships.

    Eight state tournament berths.

  • Serena adds to Slam collection

    The Associated Press

    LONDON — Serena Williams let herself briefly bask in the joy of a sixth Wimbledon championship, 21st Grand Slam singles trophy overall and fourth consecutive major title Saturday, even balancing the winner’s silver dish atop her head — Look, Ma, no hands! — as she sauntered off Centre Court.

    “I was peaceful, feeling really good,” Williams said. “Maybe a little after that, I started thinking about New York.”

  • Down to one - Saturday could be last home game — ever — for Train Robbers

    The good news, if you’re a Train Robbers fan, is that the team will play a Saturday matinee game against Santa Fe this coming weekend at Brandt Park.

    The 11 a.m. contest figures to offer fans a rare mid-day outing on the relatively weatherproof New Mexico Highlands field.

    The bad news? It might well be the last time the team ever plays in Las Vegas.