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  • Man charged with battery on police officer

    A Las Vegas man is facing a felony charge of battery on a peace officer after an altercation earlier this month.

    According to a statement of probable cause filed in San Miguel Magistrate Court, the incident took place on July 4 after officers stopped to talk to three men who were shouting obscenities at them as they drove by in their police vehicles.

  • Correction: July 27, 2018

    In the Sunday, July 22 Optic, a Page A1 story  about Highlands University’s upcoming matanza celebration included an incorrect phone number for the NMHU Foundation, to be called for information. The correct number for the Foundation is 505-454-3438. The error ocurred in page production. The Optic apologizes for this error.

  • Bridge Street gallery features motorcycle art show

    By Susie Tsyitee, Executive Director, Las Vegas Arts Council

    The show must go on.

    At the very last possible minute, the Las Vegas Art Council realized it needed help with the 2018 July Gallery Show dedicated to motorcycle and automotive art.

  • On the rise in Rio

    Las Vegas Optic

    Two men with local ties have recently taken top administrative positions with Rio Rancho Public Schools athletics.

    Larry Chavez, a Las Vegas native and Robertson High graduate, was promoted to the post of executive director for athletics in the Rio Rancho school district effective July 1.

  • Luna submits 2020-24 capital projects plan

    An average citizen can walk around the Luna Community College main campus and likely see places where physical improvements or repairs are needed.

    Those who are campus every week probably know how long the college has needed repairs in specific areas. 

    The plan submitted recently to state authorities is a priority list for any capital projects funds allocated to Luna in upcoming fiscal years, as legislative appropriations become available. There were no dollar amounts listed with any of the priorities within the plan.

  • Mora man booked for January battery

    When New Mexico State Police arrived at the Mora home of Wilfred Vigil in January of this year, officers found broken glass on the porch and a woman with bruising to her face. They did not find Vigil.

    The woman, who lived with Vigil at the residence along County Road C003, told police Vigil had struck her in the face during a quarrel in the early morning hours of Jan. 18, then placed her in a chokehold. According to an arrest affidavit, when the victim made attempts to leave the home, Vigil tightened his grip on her neck.

  • Ready to Rally
  • Potential trustee pleaded guilty to felony charge

    One of the applicants for the vacant District 2 Luna Community College Board of Trustees position has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

    Mark Dominguez pled guilty in February 2009 to jury tampering, a third-degree felony. Under an agreement with the court, he was able to avoid having a felony conviction on his record by completing a conditional discharge period ordered by Judge Abigail Aragon.

    Dominguez is slated to be interviewed Wednesday at 1 p.m. in a public meeting in Luna Interim President Ricky Serna’s office.

  • Advocates: N.M. has chance to close education gaps

    By Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Advocates for New Mexico’s vulnerable public school students said Monday the state has a chance at a new start as a district judge ordered education officials to reshape policies and school funding to meet constitutional responsibilities.

  • The royalty of Mora County

    Mora Fiestas Princess Aliciana Bustillos waves during Saturday morning’s parade. The event, marked by warm weather, included the crowning of 2018 Fiestas Queen Reyanna Trujillo and Little Miss Princess JayLynn Roybal in a Friday ceremony. There was music from around the state and parade entries from a  wide variety of candidates and officials.