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  • Police: Woman sent 9-year-old daughter to steal purse

    A Las Vegas woman was recently jailed after Las Vegas Police say she involved her 9-year-old daughter in stealing another woman’s purse.

    Ashley R. Aragon, 31, was arrested April 5 after police were called to the Palms Ballroom on the Las Vegas Plaza and later located Aragon.

  • Artistic impact

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    Businesses in Las Vegas say New Mexico Highlands University’s Arts “@HU” initiative that brings big-name music and culture events onto campus is having a positive impact on the economic optimism in the community.

    Merchants on and near Bridge Street, which is walking distance from campus, have received some of the biggest boosts when Highlands brought in acts like multiplatinum country artist Josh Turner and top comedian Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias.

  • San Miguel, Mora counties on USDA disaster list due to drought

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has designated 12 counties in New Mexico as primary natural disaster areas due to losses and damages caused by a recent drought, including San Miguel and Mora.

    The list, released this week, also includes Catron, Lea, Rio Arriba, Guadalupe, McKinley, Sandoval, Santa Fe, Harding, San Juan and  Taos counties.

  • Albuquerque City Council votes to decriminalize marijuana

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — The Albuquerque City Council took a step this week that could have statewide impact.

    The Council voted to decriminalize marijuana possession in small amounts this past week, after lengthy testimony from citizens mostly urging them to approve the change to the local criminal code.

  • AP: GOP andidate didn’t disclose state contracts

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Documents show a New Mexico GOP state lawmaker and congressional candidate failed to disclose her real estate company earned nearly $500,000 in state contracts.

    An analysis of campaign financial disclosure records by The Associated Press found Rep. Yvette Herrell’s company took in $440,000 by renting property to two state agencies since 2013.

    However, Herrell did not disclose that income on ethics disclosure statements but listed herself as the company’s owner.

  • Apodaca suit: Cervantes isn’t qualified

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A Democratic candidate for governor of New Mexico is seeking to disqualify a rival candidate from their party’s June primary election.

    Gubernatorial candidate and former media executive Jeff Apodaca filed a lawsuit in state district court accusing state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of failing to submit enough petition signatures to run for the Democratic nomination for governor.

    Cervantes spokesman Cody Aaron on Monday called the lawsuit frivolous and without merit.

  • LVPD gets defibrillator

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    The Las Vegas Police Department received an Automated Defibrillator for police cruisers.

    The donation came through the Fraternal Order of Police as part of a grant from Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation.

    AEDs are devices that measure heart rhythms and can send a shock to the heart in order to treat sudden cardiac arrest.

    With police officers often first on scene, especially in rural areas, these devices are becoming more and more important.

  • Remembering those who served

    Members of the George Cantrell family participated in the Bataan Memorial Death March on March 25 in honor of his Pvt. Anselmo Arellano of Springer.

    Arellano  is listed as “Missing in Action or Lost at Sea.”  He was a Prisoner of War, under Japanese control in the 1940s, and is remembered at the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial in Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines, Plot: Tablets of the Missing.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 8, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 27 and April 5, 2018:
    Jenny E. Montaño, Warrant, Unlawful Larceny Or Shoplifting.
    Robert Vigil, Armed Robbery - Solicitation, Felony.
    Daniel Guerrola, Aggravated Battery (Deadly Weapon, Attempted); Felony.
    Debra A. Culley, Disorderly Conduct.
    Mariano Araica, Hold For Other Agency.
    Tiffany A. Sanchez, Bench Warrant, Local City Ordinance.
    Dylan J. Roybal-Lucero, Disorderly Conduct, Local City Ordinance.

  • Full scholarships to UWC for two Las Vegas students

    Two Las Vegas high school students have received full scholarships to attend a United World College this fall.

    Taran Franklyn-Atman, a junior at West Las Vegas High School, will attend UWC Mahindra College in India. The 16-year-old is the son of Elsu Atman and Danielle Franklyn.

    Deandre Gutierrez, a sophomore at Robertson High School, will attend Pearson College UWC in British Columbia, Canada. Deandre, 15, is the son of Regina and Orlando Gutierrez.