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Today's News

  • Court sides with efforts to certify Hatch chiles

    By Morgan Lee
    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A federal appeals court is refusing to reconsider a decision in favor of an association of green chile growers in the Hatch Valley of Southern New Mexico in a dispute over the use of the renowned Hatch name on food labels.

    The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a rehearing request by the Hatch Chile Co. in a potential setback to the company’s efforts to protect its stylized “Hatch” brand logos, parties to the litigation confirmed Thursday.

  • Case merits more probing

    Ten months after the Optic broke the story about former Mora superintendent Charles Trujillo faking his credentials in order to obtain his educator licenses, the 43-year-old is finally facing criminal charges.

    Prior to taking high-paying jobs as associate superintendent of the Pecos school district and later as Mora’s superintendent, Trujillo served as the chief of the state Public Education Department’s Professional Licensure Bureau, the department in charge of issuing educator licenses and ensuring that New Mexico educators have the proper credentials.

  • Editorial Cartoon - Aug. 14, 2016
  • Beth Speaks for Herself - My brother’s keeper, revisited

    By Beth Urech

    Last March, if you saw my one-act play “Valentine for Velma” at Charlie’s Event Space, you met my brother as enacted by the talented Mykle Williams who did a great job of portraying the irresponsible yet charming sibling of a controlling yet caring older sister (me).

  • Just a Thought: Walk across the street and listen

    By Rick Kraft

    We live in difficult times.

    On one side of the street is a highly emotional mob of people with slogan-filled signs. They deeply believe in their cause. Collectively, they chant in unison. They are still contained but are real close to exploding out of control.

  • Editorial Roundup - Aug. 14, 2016

    Compiled by The Associated Press

    The Marietta Times of Ohio on the Zika virus (Aug. 5):
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advisory that pregnant women should stay out of a section of Miami is not the most disturbing news about the Zika virus this week.
    CDC officials’ warning was bad enough, to be sure. The agency said an outbreak of 14 cases of Zika in Miami’s Wynwood district was the reason for its advisory. Zika can cause birth defects.

  • Looking Back - Aug. 14, 2016

    In 1966
    Thursday, Aug. 4, 1966 — This is the first year in the history of New Mexico’s North-South games that both coaches for either North or South basketball and football teams have been chosen from the same high school in the same year. The two coaches are Coach Frank Herrera and Leland Abreu, both of West Las Vegas High School. Coach Herrera enters his seventh season as head football coach at West Las Vegas while Abreu enters his third year.

  • Blue ribbon winner
  • Que Pasa - Aug. 14, 2016

    WEDNESDAY

    8.17.2016

    10:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.
    Carnegie Library Story Time takes place in the children’s area of the library. All programs are free and open to the public.

    6 p.m.
    San Miguel County Federation of Democratic Women Organizational Meeting will be held at the home of Judy Humphreys located at 409 South Pacific. This meeting is for politically inclined women who are interested in participating in the upcoming election.  

    TUESDAY

  • Noticias - Aug. 14, 2016

    Submit your calendar items and notices to… mlopez@lasvegasoptic.com
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    • The “Si Se Puede” group of Narcotics Anonymous meets at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 310 Mills Ave. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call the NA helpline: 1-866-885-6562 or Frances at 575-815-8544.

    • Alcoholics Anonymous Hotline is 425-3577.

    • If you are a non-profit or church and need volunteers on a regular basis, contact the San Miguel County DWI Office at 425-7998.