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  • Mill and more

    The 31st annual Cleveland Millfest brought hundreds of visitors to see and hear work by artists, musicians and others during the two-day celebration held Labor Day weekend. The event is  held on the Cleveland Roller Mill grounds in and around the historic water-powered flour mill in Cleveland, north of Mora.

  • WLV principals present plans to raise school grades

    Three principals faced the West Las Vegas Schools Board of Education to present plans to improve letter grades at their schools.

    Other WLV principals in the district were in Albuquerque during Thursday’s regular board meeting, where they were receiving certifications and doing teacher evaluations. Those teachers are scheduled to present their strategic plans at next month’s regular board meeting.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, September 9, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between Aug. 29 and Sept. 5, 2018:

    Vincent A. Garcia, Criminal Damage To Property (Household Member) (Under $1,000).

    Bobbie M. Warfield, Felony Bench Warrant, Failure To Comply.

    Daniel Magallanes, Two Counts Felony Trafficking Controlled Substances (Manufacturing)(First Offense).

    Jessica Rivera, Felony Tampering With Evidence.

    Annette Romero, Felony Bench Warrant Failure To Comply.

    Rodney Wilkerson, Felony Adult Parole Order.

  • Nominee chosen for judge seat

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Local attorney Flora Gallegos was nominated to run for the position of Fourth Judicial District Judge by the Mora and San Miguel County democratic parties.

    Gallegos was placed on the ballot to replace retiring Judge Matthew Sandoval, who retired in August, after the primary election. This left it up to the Democratic State Central Committee members from Mora, Guadalupe and San Miguel Counties to nominate a candidate for the Nov. 6 general election.

    The committee members met Aug. 28 and unanimously nominated Gallegos.

  • Pool and politics

    Former New Mexico governor and two-time presidential candidate Gary Johnson made an Aug. 30 appearance in Las Vegas to visit with voters and spend a few moments playing pool at the Las Vegas Seniors Center. Johnson announced Aug. 14 he’d accept the Libertarian Party’s nomination to replace the party’s initial nominee, Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn Jr., who dropped out of the race against for the U.S. Senate seat held by incumbent Martin Heinrich.

  • Highlands welcomes new HU-CARES director

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Ruthy Watson is the new director for New Mexico Highlands University’s HU-CARES, the Center for Advocacy, Resources, Education and Support.

    Watson is not new to Highlands. She was an exercise and sport sciences professor at Highlands from  2013 to 2016, and coordinated the Health Education, Health Promotion and Wellness programs at the university.

  • Springing forward?

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Creating a non-profit to manage the Montezuma hot springs was suggested during a Wednesday meeting at the United World College-USA, which owns the hot baths.

    Another suggestion involved donating the mineral-charged springs, which have long been free for the public’s use, to the City of Las Vegas or San Miguel County.

  • Luna to host employment summit, job fair

    A two-day employment event is coming to Luna Community College on Thursday, Sept. 13, and Friday Sept. 14.

    The events are hosted by the Northern Area Local Workforce Development Board. Both events will take place in the auditorium at Luna Community College, according to Rock Ulibarri, the director of adult education for Luna.

  • Police: man struck officer with beam

    A chance encounter with a Las Vegas police officer led to felony charges of battery on a peace officer for a Montezuma man.

    While responding to a harassment call in the 2300 block of North Gonzales Street, an officer with LVPD noticed a man running through the backyard of the residence. That man would later be identified as 41-year-old Mark Carrillo, who is being held at the San Miguel County Detention Center awaiting his next court appearance.

  • Mora official sued over termination of schools employee

    The Mora Schools Board of Education, along with Board President George Trujillo and Superintendent Ella Arellano, have been named in a lawsuit by a former employee, who claims he was harassed and eventually lost his job and livelihood.