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Today's News

  • Three separate murder trials all postponed

    By Jason W. Brooks, Las Vegas Optic Editor

    Three separate San Miguel County murder defendants are not going to trial as quickly as they were initially scheduled, according to Fourth Judicial District Attorney Richard D. Flores.

    Ruth Rivera of Ribera, Daniel Sullivan of Las Vegas and Richard J. Griego of Villanueva all had trials scheduled to happen in the near future, but all three have been pushed back on court dockets, with all three possibly going well into 2018 before being resolved.

  • Missing person

    According to his family and friends, Johnny Garcia went missing on or about Friday, Oct. 6. He was last seen on foot in the Sapello area, wearing blue jeans and a black leather jacket.

    Anyone who has information about Garcia’s whereabouts can contact the New Mexico State Police at 505-425,6771, the Las Vegas Police Department at 505-425-7504 or Charlie’s brother, Fernando Garcia, at 505-718-9676.

  • New Mexico In Brief, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Hobbs officers sue over targeting claim

    HOBBS — The Hobbs Police Department department forced officers to target people of color in minority neighborhoods to make quotas, retaliated against those who complained and subjected black officers to humiliating episodes of discrimination, according to a lawsuit by three former police officers.

  • The Nation In Brief, Oct. 15, 2017

    The Associated Press

    Haley: UN move was foolish

    The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations says the “extreme politicization” of UNESCO — the U.N.’s cultural, education and scientific agency — has become “a chronic embarrassment.”

  • Jail Log - Oct. 15, 2017 Optic

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Oct. 7 and Oct. 12.

    Zayan Hernandez, 18, hold for court, San Miguel District Court.

    Brian Poisson, 39, failure to appear, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

    Kevin Gutierrez, 29, probation violation, failure to report, Adult Probation.

    Greg Hebel, 46, aggravated DWI, open container, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, San Miguel Magistrate Court.

  • State Supreme Court: No relief for public defenders

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — The New Mexico Supreme Court won’t intervene on behalf of public defenders who say they are overwhelmed by cases from poor defendants facing jail time, court officials said this week.

    A state agency overseeing public defenders has insisted that its attorneys in various parts of the state are wrongfully being forced to take on more cases than they can handle without neglecting indigent defendants who cannot otherwise afford an attorney.

  • Qué Pasa, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

    Monday, Oct. 16

    HOPE (Housing Opportunities Programs for Elders) will launch its transportation services for 55-and-older at the Senior Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. HOPE is a new non-profit organization to assist seniors to “age in their homes”. Members and Volunteers may enroll at this event. Refreshments will be served. For information, call 505-398-0170.

    Tuesday, Oct. 17

  • Noticias, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017

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

    An Alzheimer’s support group meets the fourth Friday of each month from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the St. Paul’s Church in the children’s chapel on the corner of Eighth Street and National. For information, call 425-3031.

    • HOPE (Housing Opportunities Programs for Elders) is offering transportation services locally for seniors 55 and older. Call 505-398-0170 for membership forms to join or to volunteer.

  • New NMHU initiative addresses customer service

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands Unversity

    A new initiative at New Mexico Highlands University aims to provide exceptional customer service to students.

    Highlands launched its campuswide Power of Service program Sept. 28 with a “How May I Help You?” kickoff event and three-hour customer service training offered in two sessions.

  • Why is college enrollment declining?

    From the Highlands President — Dr. Sam Minner

    College enrollment across our nation is in decline. Since 2011, overall enrollment in the U.S. has declined about 9 percent.

    Unfortunately, New Mexico’s decline is one the steepest in the nation. Here in New Mexico, we went from a 2011 total head count of 96,860 in all of our institutions to last year’s headcount of 86,883.