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  • District 40 forum highlights candidate and community similarities, differences

    "Heck, yes," said Barney Trujillo in response to one of the final questions of the May 7 candidate forum for New Mexico  House of Representatives  District 40 forum in Mora.

    The Chimayó resident found common ground with the only opponent of his who was there, Paula Garcia of Mora, but there were noted contrasts on important issues, such as committing to not creating new taxes.

  • One destination

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    Taylor Doke figured she’d never leave her native Kentucky to go to college.

  • Council adds items to agenda for upcoming meeting

    While the Las Vegas City Council was able to use last week's work session to add items to the consent agenda for this week's regular council meeting, the work session clearly highlighted how tension between Mayor Tonita Gurulé-Girón and three of the four councilors affects communication within meetings.

  • The French Connection

    By Beth Urech, Special to the Optic

    Christian Mayeur first visited the Land of Enchantment in the 1990s

    “I wouldn’t have wanted a gallery in Santa Fe,” declares Mayeur, who, with his wife, Anne, has opened Mayeur Projects in the Romero Building, 200-202 Plaza Park.

    Mayeur continues: “We love this city with its people who welcome us with our art projects. We are French, and I am proud to say that in France and actually throughout Europe people are realizing that the real Las Vegas is the one here in New Mexico.”

  • Battery on officer among 19-year-old’s felony charges

    A 19-year-old Las Vegas man has racked up several charges in a short period of time, including battery on a peace officer.
    Donald Abreu was charged with resisting, evading or obstructing an officer and battery upon a peace officer after being stopped for speeding on April 17.

    According to New Mexico State police reports, on April 17 around 10:44 a.m., an officer observed a car driving west on Mills Avenue — it was traveling 50 miles per hour in a 40 mph speed zone.

  • NMHU faculty recognized for excellence

    By Margaret McKinney, N.M. Highlands University

    Faculty members of Highlands University received recognition for academic excellence ranging from scholarly research papers to conference presentations at a reception April 18.

  • Report of possible DWI leads to violent clash between LVPD, Highlands players

    Two arrests were made and officers were injured in a May 5 confrontation involving Las Vegas Police and three men, two of whom are listed on the Highlands University football roster.

  • County Commission approves Pecos-area subdivision

    PECOS — After a lengthy discussion during Wednesday’s regular meeting, the San Miguel County Commission approved a subdivision for a neighborhood located north of Pecos.

  • No charges filed in bloody May 2 incident

    A May 2 emergency call to a home on Delgado Avenue involved two men going to Alta Vista Regional Hospital, a great deal of blood and suspicion there had been a stabbing — but no criminal charges.

  • Optic interview: Howie Morales

    As happens with several active government office holders and candidates, state Sen. Howie Morales is making the rounds in northern New Mexico. He stopped by the Optic office on a recent weekday afternoon during one of his recent campaign swings through San Miguel and Mora counties and took some of our questions.

    Optic: Why can be done to bridge some of the partisan divide between Democrats and Republicans, both in New Mexico and nationwide?