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  • A sneak preview

    By Shane Flores and Cindy Collins, Special to the Optic

    For two months last fall, Las Vegans and their supporters passionately voted every day in an online contest, and $150,000 was awarded to MainStreet de Las Vegas from The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to create a E. Romero Fire House museum honoring our volunteer firemen and the Acequia Madre.

    Last week, New Image Construction, Inc. was awarded a construction bid for the museum. ECC Solar will help power the building by installing nine solar panels on the roof.

  • Judge Sandoval decides to step down

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    There will be a new judge on the bench soon in San Miguel County, as a longtime veteran of local courts is stepping down.

    A news release sent out this week from the Fourth Judicial District Court said a vacancy will be created on Aug. 2, 2018, upon the retirement of Judge Matthew J. Sandoval.

    The official end of Sandoval’s service as a district judge will be effective Aug. 1. He hasn’t heard cases since last November, when health issues led to his taking medical leave from the bench.

  • New OBGYN joins staff of hospital, medical group

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced recently that Tracy Wilkerson, D.O. has joined the medical staff of the facility. She has also joined the practice of Las Vegas Medical Group—OBGYN.  

    Wilkerson specialties include pregnancy care, family planning services, annual gynecological exams, gynecological therapy, pelvic pain and hormone therapy.
    She received her medical degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

  • Santa Fe Forest won’t permit drilling

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

    The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of study and public testimony after a Nevada-based company and others had shown interest in part of the Jemez Mountains — a tourist draw that includes a national preserve and a neighboring monument.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 17, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 6 and 13:

    Michael Gallegos, Bench Warrant, Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.

    Phillip Trujillo, Reckless Driving.

    Windy D. Saiz, Confinement Order.

    Adolph Lemos, Driving While License Suspended Or Revoked (Revoked For DWI).

  • Graduate geology student conducts research on Santa Fe River

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    A New Mexico Highlands geology graduate student will conduct a hydrogeology research study of the lower Santa Fe River that aims to measure the quantity and quality of the water as it flows into the Rio Grande.

    Ryan Mann, a 41-year-old Albuquerque native and Santa Fe resident, received a grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute to fund his study.

  • NMHU professor will attend largest women’s conference in its field

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A New Mexico Highlands computer science professor received a faculty scholarship to participate in the world’s largest gathering of women computer scientists.

    Jessica Johnsen competed with applicants from across the globe to attend the 2018 Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing in Houston from Sept. 26 to 28.

  • Classics on display

    Carmelita Sanchez photos/For the Optic

    A car-club rally that came through both Mora and Las Vegas last weekend is part of the Trans-America Challenge 2018, traveling from Charleston, S.C. to Seattle.

    A 1936 Ford and a 1957 Chevy were among the cars seen in Mora.

  • WLVHS, Highlands grad headed for UNM Biomedical Sciences doctoral program

    Rebecca Sena aims to delve into the mysteries of the brain and neuropharmacology during her doctoral studies in biomedical sciences at the University of New Mexico.

    “I have always had a fascination with the brain,” Sena said. “At Highlands, I became intrigued with the fundamental neurobiology of mental health disorders. My long-term goal is to perform research in neuropharmacology and gain insight into drugs that will treat psychiatric disorders.”

  • Good dads and reciprocal blessings

    SANTA ROSA — Call me a fortunate son. I had a very good father.

    Despite his busy life, he was fully engaged in mine. He supported me when I was down and swelled with pride when I got up. He was a role model who stood on principles and faith, and he knew how to laugh at life while still caring about everybody who crossed his path.