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  • Defendant produces handcuff key in District Court

    A recent hearing was interrupted when San Miguel District Court discovered a defendant, who had been transported in from the San Miguel Detention Center, had a handcuff key among the items he brought with him. 

    Bernadino Baca, 38, and five other defendants were all part of a March 15 detention hearing in the courtroom of Judge Abigail Aragon, related to charges from a major Jan. 1 disturbance at the San Miguel County Detention Center.

  • Child Poverty: Summit brings various leaders together

    Thursday morning, 130 people met in the Kluge Auditorium at United World College as attendees of the Tri-County Poverty Summit.

    They represented a varied spectrum of government officials, educators, community leaders, and others offering information about their services.

  • Expanding long-term care

    This year, an institution once called The Territorial Insane Asylum, turns 125 years old. It is now operating as the New Mexico Behavioral Health Institute, and plans are under way for a May celebration, said Frances Tweed, executive director.

    In her position since 2016, Tweed, a career nurse, has worked in healthcare for more than 40 years. In 2003 she started as the director of Standards Compliance at NMBHI.

  • The Associate Press explains: Why Latinos and Spanish remain political issue

    By Russell Contreras, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — An attack on 18-year-old Cuban-American and Parkland activist Emma González for not speaking Spanish by an Iowa Republican congressman’s campaign staff highlights the pressures U.S.-born Latinos face on language.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, April 1, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 21 and March 26, 2018:

    Joseph A. Montaño, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Las Vegas Municipal Court.

    Gabriel A. Romero, Metro Court Warrant, Bernalillo / Metro Court.

    Justin Perkins, Shoplifting, San Miguel Magistrate Court.
    Maria T. Vigil, Bench Warrant Arrest, Adult Probation.

  • Record number of students at GEAR UP Event

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    A record number of approximately 900 middle and high school students from across the state visited the New Mexico Highlands campus Feb. 28 to get a head start on becoming college students.
    The students were on campus for a GEAR UP New Mexico college visit Highlands co-hosted. GEAR UP stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs.

  • Letters to the Editor, Sunday, April 1, 2018

    Business as usual
    I am writing this in the hopes that you will have the guts to print a letter that expresses disappointment in your lack of coverage of the recent Higher Learning Commission Peer Reviewer visit to Luna Community College.

    Your failure to cover the efforts put forth by LCC students, staff, faculty and administration is disappointing and, unfortunately, business as usual for the Optic.

  • City moves cleanup date

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Due to the Easter and Good Friday holidays, the Ward 3 Clean-up and Amnesty Day originally scheduled for March 31 has been rescheduled for April 7 and will happen in conjunction with the Ward 4 Clean-up and Amnesty Day.

    Also, City of Las Vegas offices will close at noon on Friday in observance of Good Friday.

  • MainStreet de Las Vegas gets national accreditation

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Recently, the Economic Development Department announced that the National Main Street Center and its partners have accredited local New Mexico MainStreet programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to historic preservation and community revitalization through the Main Street Four-Point Approach.

    This accreditation, which went to MainStreet de Las Vegas and several other New Mexico organizations, will allow them to continue their work in revitalizing downtown economies.

  • Smiling Rotarians

    Sharon Vander Meer photo

    The smiles of Las Vegas Rotarians Janet Remenyik, Rose Contreras Taylor and Mary Wolf reflect the success of the first Rotary-sponsored Chinese New Year dinner and silent auction.

    The March 1 event raised funds for Rotary youth and other projects, and promoted the goals of Rotary locally and around the world.

    The event, sponsored in part by the Plaza Hotel, the Range Café, and Southwest Capital Bank, was highly successful with more than 200 tickets sold.