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  • Media Arts interns make their mark at cultural institutions

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Fifteen New Mexico Highlands media arts and technology students will make their mark at cultural institutions throughout the state this summer using the latest multimedia technology.

    The paid internships are thanks to a collaborative funding model between the Newman’s Own Foundation, the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, and New Mexico cultural institutions.

  • Firework, land use restrictions abound in northeastern N.M.

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A number of restrictions are in place throughout San Miguel and Mora counties and all acores northeastern New Mexico due to extremely dry conditions. Here are a few of the temporary limitations and closures put in place within the pasct couple of months.

  • Two Mora County children, father in rollover wreck

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A Mora County man and his two young children were involved in a rollover crash Saturday afternoon on New Mexico Road 518, according to the New Mexico State Police.

  • Victim in rollover booked on drug, explosives charges
  • A sneak preview

    By Shane Flores and Cindy Collins, Special to the Optic

    For two months last fall, Las Vegans and their supporters passionately voted every day in an online contest, and $150,000 was awarded to MainStreet de Las Vegas from The National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express to create a E. Romero Fire House museum honoring our volunteer firemen and the Acequia Madre.

    Last week, New Image Construction, Inc. was awarded a construction bid for the museum. ECC Solar will help power the building by installing nine solar panels on the roof.

  • Judge Sandoval decides to step down

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    There will be a new judge on the bench soon in San Miguel County, as a longtime veteran of local courts is stepping down.

    A news release sent out this week from the Fourth Judicial District Court said a vacancy will be created on Aug. 2, 2018, upon the retirement of Judge Matthew J. Sandoval.

    The official end of Sandoval’s service as a district judge will be effective Aug. 1. He hasn’t heard cases since last November, when health issues led to his taking medical leave from the bench.

  • New OBGYN joins staff of hospital, medical group

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Alta Vista Regional Hospital announced recently that Tracy Wilkerson, D.O. has joined the medical staff of the facility. She has also joined the practice of Las Vegas Medical Group—OBGYN.  

    Wilkerson specialties include pregnancy care, family planning services, annual gynecological exams, gynecological therapy, pelvic pain and hormone therapy.
    She received her medical degree from Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences.

  • Santa Fe Forest won’t permit drilling

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — Underground pockets of boiling water and steam that could have been tapped to produce electricity are now off limits as one national forest in northern New Mexico has said no to the prospect of geothermal development.

    The decision by the Santa Fe National Forest follows years of study and public testimony after a Nevada-based company and others had shown interest in part of the Jemez Mountains — a tourist draw that includes a national preserve and a neighboring monument.

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, June 17, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between June 6 and 13:

    Michael Gallegos, Bench Warrant, Failure To Appear / Failure To Pay.

    Phillip Trujillo, Reckless Driving.

    Windy D. Saiz, Confinement Order.

    Adolph Lemos, Driving While License Suspended Or Revoked (Revoked For DWI).

  • Graduate geology student conducts research on Santa Fe River

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University
    A New Mexico Highlands geology graduate student will conduct a hydrogeology research study of the lower Santa Fe River that aims to measure the quantity and quality of the water as it flows into the Rio Grande.

    Ryan Mann, a 41-year-old Albuquerque native and Santa Fe resident, received a grant from the New Mexico Water Resources Research Institute to fund his study.