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  • County and Legislature races: Espinoza wins Mora sheriff seat

    In the race for Mora County Sheriff, Democrat Amos J. Espinoza defeated Republican Manuel J. Martinez. Espinoza captured 1,302 votes, or 56 percent, to Martinez’s 1,005 votes, or about 44 percent.

    “I’d like to thank my opponent for running a nice, clean race. He worked really hard at it,” Espinoza said. “And I’d like to thank the people from Mora County that had the trust in me to put me in this position.”

    Espinoza said as sheriff he’d like to get a school resource officer for both Wagon Mound and Mora County.

  • Dems Balderas, Toulouse Oliver retain seats; Colón, Garcia Richard are in, too

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Democrat Hector Balderas was re-elected Tuesday to a second term as New Mexico’s top prosecutor in a three-way race as fellow Democratic incumbents looked to sweep other statewide offices.

    Balderas finished ahead of immigration attorney Michael Hendricks, a Republican, and A. Blair Dunn, a Libertarian known for representing ranchers and other rural New Mexicans.

  • Heinrich, Ben Ray Lujan among winners

    The Associated Press

    Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich has been re-elected in a three-way race against a Republican political newcomer and a Libertarian former governor.

    The engineer and former congressman won a second term, finishing ahead of construction contractor Mick Rich and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson.

    Also in Congressional races involving New Mexico, Ben Ray Lujan won re-election and Deb Haaland became one of the first Native Americans elected to Congress.

  • Dems on track for control of House; Senate to remain in GOP control

    The Associated Press

    Democrats have picked up at least 23 House seats, putting them on track to reach the 218 needed to seize control from Republicans after eight years.

    Democrats knocked off at least 17 GOP incumbents, picking up moderate, suburban districts across the county. Democrats won seats stretching from suburban Washington, New York and Philadelphia to outside Miami, Chicago and Denver. West Coast results were still coming in.

  • Lujan Grisham wins governor's seat

    By Morgan Lee, The Associated Press

  • Thousands head to events, polls in area during election week

    Thousands of Mora and San Miguel voters attended political events in the days leading up to Tuesday's general election.

    Thousands also flocked to voting locations on Tuesday.

    At some points, the line to vote at West Las Vegas High School stretched either outdoors or into an unlit Gillie Lopez Gym. 

    Check our website for frequent updates on important races in the election.

  • IPRA request leads to two served Luna search warrants

    In response to a public records request, the New Mexico Attorney General's Office released to the Optic on Monday a pair of search warrants that were recently served in long-term investigations of two Luna Community College financial matters.

  • City Schools tables talk of new bus

    While much of the Oct. 18 meeting of the Las Vegas City Schools Board of Education was dedicated to hearing a proposal from Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón about using a school building as a temporary homeless shelter, the board also weighed a proposal to replace one of the district’s three activities buses.

  • Sidransky-Montaño gets probation for forgery

    Fourth District Judge Abigail Aragon sentenced a woman to probation on a forgery conviction last week in possibly one of the final court proceedings directly related to the Charles Trujillo fake credentials scandal.

    Vanessa Sidransky-Montaño, 41, of Las Vegas, was found guilty of forgery — a forgery — a fourth degree felony — in August in a one-day District Court jury trial. The jury only deliberated 35 minutes.

  • Closing in: Mora County Courthouse Complex nears completion

    After years of planning, re-organizing and legal action, the Mora County Courthouse construction project is finally approaching a time when a tentative opening date has been set.

    Mora County Commission Chair Paula Garcia recently told the Optic the second week of January is the target date for agrand opening ceremony. That means the permanent courthouse structure, which will house county offices that have mostly languished in nearby portable buildings for years, is finally about to be used by county staff on a daily basis.