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Today's News

  • Editorial: The sins of the father

    Two decades have elapsed since news first broke about child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church in New Mexico, but the fallout continues.

    Four lawsuits were filed just last week against the Archdiocese of Santa Fe by men alleging that they were abused by priests as children. One of those lawsuits was filed by a 59-year-old Santa Fe man who says that when he was 7 or 8 he was sexually abused by a priest at Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Las Vegas. That lawsuit names Our Lady of Sorrows Parish as a defendant, in addition to the archdiocese.

  • Dispatch New Mexico - The earthships near Taos

    By Tom McDonald

    Let’s face it, we’ve really messed up the place.

    Sure, we take out the trash, but we really don’t get rid of it. We just hide it, and then pretend it’s really gone.

    But not everybody’s pretending. Some people actually pay attention to their mark upon the environment and work to leave a lighter footprint on the world in which they live.

    Some even build communities around such efforts. There’s one a few miles northwest of Taos — where the “earthships” are.

  • Luna’s LPN program recognized nationally

    Submitted to the Optic

    Statistics indicate that the need for Hispanic nurses in America is increasing. According to PracticalNursing.org, Luna Community College is doing its share to help. Luna was named the 21st ranked Hispanic-friendly Licensed Practical Nursing Program in the United States by PracticalNursing.org.

    According to PracticalNursing.org, the data used to determine the top friendly LPN program was obtained from the 2012 Integrate Post Secondary Education Data System. The programs’ completions were analyzed and ranked via the following process

  • Que Pasa - Aug. 25, 2014

    TODAY
    HOY
    • Free movie showing of a locally made documentary on the effects of fracking, 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 in the Lora Shields building - room 215.  This locally made documentary shows the effects of fracking in the Farmington area. Refreshments provided, and people in the movie will be there to answer questions. Lora Shields Building is on National between 8th and 11th on Highlands Campus. Look for signs and balloons. For more information, contact the Committee for Clean Water, Air and Earth at 426-1468

    WEDNESDAY

  • Noticias - Aug. 25, 2014

    Submit your calendar items and notices to mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com.

    • $1,000 reward for information on arson at Rio Gallinas Charter School offered by the governing council of the school. The donated reward to Crime Stoppers seeks information that leads to the identity and conviction of the person(s) who committed arson at the school. If you have information about this crime, contact LVPD Commander Ken Jenkins at 426-3162 or Crime Stoppers at 425-8884.

  • EPA grants waiver for dam

    The city of Las Vegas has overcome a major hurdle in its quest to come up with the final funding piece for its Bradner Reservoir enlargement project.

    The city recently applied for $20 million in funding for the project from the New Mexico Finance Authority under the United States Environmental Protection Agency Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund program. But it was notified that under EPA rules, dams typically aren’t funded with that money.

  • People’s Faire - 110th anniversary for Carnegie

    Carnegie Library has stood the test of time for more than a century. On Saturday, Friends of Carnegie Library group will celebrate the library’s 110th birthday with an open house of the 1904-built library in conjunction with the 36th Annual People’s Faire. Both festivities take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the park on National Avenue.

  • T-4 Ranch proposal hits snag

    Efforts by the T-4 Ranch to secede from San Miguel County appear to have hit a roadblock.

    County Commission Chairman Nicolas Leger, an attorney, and County Attorney Jesus Lopez have concluded that the request doesn’t meet the requirements outlined in state law for annexation of land from one county to another.

    Phil Bidegain, whose family owns and operates the sprawling T-4 Ranch in far eastern San Miguel County, asked the county earlier this year to allow neighboring Quay County to annex roughly 110,000 acres of San Miguel County land.

  • Jail Log - Aug. 22, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 7 and Aug. 14:

    Horacio Encinias, 42, six-day commitment
    Dominic Branchal, 22, failure to comply, bench warrant, SM District
    Gilbert Romero, 29, receiving stolen property, conspiracy, improper use of evidence of registration
    Fidel Martinez, 58, failure to appear, bench warrant, SM Magistrate
    Robert Palomino, 30, aggravated assault with use of deadly weapon, battery against a household member

  • Lopez won’t remain on regents

    Las Vegas attorney Jesus Lopez announced this week that he will neither seek nor accept another term on the Highlands Board of Regents once his term expires on Dec. 31.

    Lopez notified Gov. Susana Martinez and Attorney General Gary King in a letter sent Monday. Martinez, a Republican, is up for re-election in November, and King, a Democrat, is running against her.