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  • Deadline arrives for clergy abuse claims

    By Susan Montoya Bryant, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE— Monday marked the deadline for filing claims against New Mexico’s largest Roman Catholic diocese as it wades through a bankruptcy prompted by the clergy sex abuse scandal.

    Lawyers for hundreds of people who are submitting claims are hopeful the case will shed more light on a scandal that has rocked parishes across the globe.

  • Report: Santa Fe losing millions, thanks to Airbnb, others

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE— A new report says Santa Fe is missing out on about $3.8 million in lodger and gross receipts taxes annually thanks to short-term rental units.

    The Albuquerque Journal says the report issued Wednesday by the nonprofit group Homewise Inc. says hosts from apps like Airbnb aren’t following city’s ordinances and the city should do more to enforce the laws.

  • New editor brings appreciation of service work, hockey to the Optic

    In the 140 years the Las Vegas Optic has been around, there have undoubtedly been huge challenges each editor had to face.

    Overcoming challenges is something Phil Scherer has been doing for years, including building a library for a church as his Eagle Scout project.

  • Film shoot to wrap Monday

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A short art film will be filming in the Las Vegas area this weekend and on Monday, June 17.

    Filming will take place inside private homes on the 1200 block of Sixth Street, Cassidy Drive and the parking lot at El Encanto restaurant. There will be no road closures in these areas.

  • Council to vote on more spending Wednesday

    A pair of infrastructure projects will be on the consent agenda when the Las Vegas City Council convenes for Wednesday's monthly voting meeting.

    The monthly Las Vegas Housing Authority meeting is set for 5:30 p.m., with the regular Council meeting scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, with both meetings to take place at 6 p.m.

  • LV police investigating Chavez St. homicide

    Las Vegas Police are investigating a homicide that apparently occurred Saturday morning on the west side of Las Vegas.

    Police were called to the 1100 block of Chavez Street early Saturday morning and ended up investigating a homicide involving the death of one adult. 

    Many details, such as the identity or the victim or any circumstances, have not been released yet, as Las Vegas Police Cmdr. Steve Pacheco said the family has not yet been notified. He said the department is not naming a suspect but is "actively searching for people of interest."

  • Former state senator, with San Miguel ties, out of prison

    SANTA FE — A former New Mexico state senator whose conviction on corruption-related criminal charges helped spur state ethics oversight reforms was released from prison Tuesday.

    Former Democratic Sen. Phil Griego was released on parole after 15 months of incarceration in a state corrections facility for the elderly and infirm in Los Lunas.

    A spokesman for the governor’s office, Tripp Stelnicki, confirmed Griego’s release.

  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, June 16, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 5 and June 12, 2019:

  • Professor of the Year

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Highlands University has named biology professor Sarah Corey-Rivas Professor of the Year for the 2018–19 academic year.

    Each spring an independent selection committee composed of students, faculty and staff reviews the nominations for Professor of the Year and selects a winner.

    Corey-Rivas said she is touched that her students nominated her for Professor of the Year. “This award helps me know that the respect and admiration I feel for my students is mutual.”

  • Plea agreement reached in child abuse, sex assault case

    By Ryan Lowery, Special to the Optic

    A trial slated to begin this month for a case involving a Luna Community College employee will not be necessary after a plea agreement was recently reached.

    Christopher M. Chavez, 39, of Las Vegas, pleaded guilty to interference with communications and attempting to commit false imprisonment, both misdemeanors.