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  • Las Vegas 16-year-old arrested in Romeroville armed robbery
  • From Rociada to 'Big Vegas'

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Felicia Ortiz, a New Mexico Highlands alumna and successful businesswoman who serves on the Nevada State Board of Education, will speak at the Highlands University main campus commencement ceremony Saturday, May 11.

  • Meeting set for Wednesday in Mora to address wildfire prevention

    Submitted to the Optic

    This year — so far — has been a relief from the dry spring we endured last year, with near normal recorded precipitation. As the rain comes down in fits and starts and begins to green up the landscape, the National Weather Service is now predicting that much of northern New Mexico is below the normal  potential for a large wildfire to spread.  

  • N.M. receives 720 migrants in 24-hour span

    LAS CRUCES (AP) — More than 700 migrants have been taken into custody in less than 24 hours along the border in southern New Mexico.

    The U.S. Border Patrol says a group of 230 people was encountered at the Antelope Wells port of entry after midnight Tuesday. A second group of more than 360 people was reported minutes later just west of Mount Cristo Rey near Sunland Park.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, April 21, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between April 9 and April 17, 2019:

    Gilbert A . Montoya, Adult Probation Arrest Order.

    Valerie Torres,  Aggravated Assault (Deadly Weapon) - Solicitation, Resisting, Evading Or Obstructing An Officer (Service Of Process).

    Kenneth  Tarr, Tampering With Evidence.

    Christobal Cepeda, Hold For Other Agency.

    Joel W. Shipman, Hold For Other Agency.

    Daniel Gallegos, DWI, Fourth offense (Refusal).

  • Does the shoe fit?

    Robertson High School student Elsa Hall, as Cinderella, tries on the “glass slipper” in the fractured fairytale play “Into the Woods Jr.”

    The play was performed last weekend at RHS, and included appearances by characters from Rapunzel, Jack and the Bean Stalk and Little Red Riding Hood.

  • New Mexico seeks energy savings in state building upgrades

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico is pushing forward with multimillion-dollar, energy-saving upgrades to its portfolio of agency buildings in the state capital, as part of an emerging climate-change strategy from Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham.

    The General Services Department that oversees more than 800 buildings plans to invest $32 million on projects to improve the energy efficiency of state buildings in Santa Fe and generate on-site renewable electricity with photo-voltaic solar panels.

  • This couple is trash

    Students at the United World College in Montezuma held their Visual Arts Exhibition last weekend.

    The event showcased the works of 18 international high school students, with more than 180 pieces on display. This “mister and misses” couple is made out of garbage. Works created over a span of two years include paintings, sculptures, installations and digital photography.

    The show will remain open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Sunday, April 21.

  • New career clothing closet for students

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    The Highlands University Career Services Office has started a free career clothing closet to help the university’s students look their best at job interviews.

    “With their other college expenses, many students cannot afford professional outfits to wear to an interview or job,” said Jennifer Hooper of Career Services. “We are starting a career clothing closet at no charge to our students to help better prepare them for job seeking and the workplace.”

  • Parent expresses concerns with elementary school staff

    During public input at Wednesday’s Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education meeting, a parent said an employee at Mike Mateo Elementary School had been bullying and harassing students.

    RaeDawn Price listed a flurry of ways Secretary Bernadette Trujillo had create a hostile environment, including no running for indoor recess, no talking during lunch, taking away play periods from students, yelling at staff in front of children and not calling students by their preferred name.