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Today's News

  • Into the fire

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The environmental health and safety director at New Mexico Highlands University is the safety and technical adviser for an upcoming movie about firefighters killed in a wildland fire.

    For Brian Henington, his work on the film hit close to home.

  • A dispute 150 years in the making

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Sept. 15 scheduling hearing did not really address the merits of a complex Mora County property dispute. However, the number of lawyers involved in the hearing showed how complex Fourth Judicial District case No. D-430-CV-2017-00040 has already become.

    The plaintiffs in the civil suit are Jude and Jacob Regensberg, whose family roots go back to one of the earliest families to settle when land grants were first established in the Guadalupita area in the 1840s.

  • Court invalidates 10 Gov. Martinez vetoes

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — Ten vetoes by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez have been invalidated by a state district judge because the governor missed deadlines or failed to explain her reasoning, allowing the piecemeal legislation on economic development, high school curricula and hemp production to take effect Thursday.

  • Trial set on child abuse, other charges

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    A Las Vegas man is now set to face a jury trial in November on charges that include child abuse, though a plea deal is still possible.

    Floribal Bachicha, 30, has been charged with aggravated assault upon a peace officer, two counts of abuse of a child, tampering with evidence, resisting and evading or obstructing an officer in San Miguel District Court, with all allegations stemming from an alleged April 17 incident.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Risk assessment key to bail reform

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Drug Policy Alliance and others are joining in support of bail reforms in New Mexico, saying there’s a need for more risk assessment tools to help judges determine whether defendants should be detained or released pending trial.

  • Puerto Rico angry at Trump official ‘good news story’

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump pledged a relentless effort to help Puerto Ricans recover from hurricane devastation Friday after his homeland security chief stirred a tempest of her own making by declaring the federal response a “good news story.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 1, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Sept. 22 and Sept. 28:

    Alexander Lara, 39, seven-day commitment, Mora County. Lawrence Trujillo, 37, concealing ID, driving on suspended/revoked license, no registration, forgery, San Miguel District Court, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Tracy Crespin, 31, aggravated DWI (fourth offense), failure to stop, driving on suspended/revoked license, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Jeffrey Shelton, 39, failure to appear, Las Vegas Municipal Court.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

    Sunday, Oct. 1

    International Peacemaker Nora Carmi, a Palestinian Christian, will make a presentation at 1 p.m. at First United Presbyterian Church, 1000 Douglas Ave., about her firsthand experiences as a refugee. The public is invited.

    Wednesday, Oct. 4

  • Noticias, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017

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

    • A Friday bridge group plays at the Las Vegas Senior Center at 1 p.m. New players are welcome. For information call Bill Neis, 454-4118, or email eumo@stonefieldsheep.com.

    • The Las Vegas Community Soup Kitchen is looking for volunteers to Prepare and serve lunch on Thursdays. It is an ecumenical ministry. All are welcome. Call 425-7283 for information.

  • Rain on the parade

    One second, Socorro girls’ soccer captain Kayla Botko stood her ground, looking to make a big play 30 yards from the Robertson goal. The next, she was face down in the soggy grass, a victim of the elements.

    Friends and foes gathered nearby couldn’t help but laugh, so Botko laughed, too.