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  • Jail Log Sunday's Optic, June 2, 2019

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 22 and May 29, 2019:

  • Luna faculty honored

    Luna Community College faculty members Betsy Sanchez, left, and Nichole Collins were named Outstanding Faculty Service Award winners for the 2018-19 school year.

    Sanchez teaches pre-engineering and math. Collins teaches computer science.

  • Mora High School’s graduating Class of 2019

    Top photo: The graduates of 2019 who attended the Senior Banquet held Sunday, May 5, 2019.

    In the first photo on the left are this year’s valedictorians and salutatorian. This year, Mora has four valedictorians.

    In the second photo are valedictorians Lefonso Castillo Jr. and Carmelita Sanchez, salutatorian Kenneth Martinez, and valedictorians Latricia Sanchez and Leonardo Aragon.


  • First coordinator hired for new NMHU new regional partnership

    Margaret McKinney, New Mexico Highlands University

    Elisabeth Valenzuela is the first coordinator for the Regional School Partnership, a collaboration among Pojoaque Valley Public Schools, Los Alamos National Laboratory and New Mexico Highlands University that aims to support improved teaching and learning.

    The innovative partnership, launched in October 2018, is the first of its kind in New Mexico to combine a school district, a major employer and a university teacher education program. It focuses on increasing success for youth in grades 4 through 8.

  • Still no suspect in 'sealed' homicide case

    It's been 17 months since Jeromy Vasquez was killed at a Las Vegas residence on a cold, wind, sunny Sunday morning.

    Vasquez was found dead by Las Vegas Police of a gunshot wound Jan. 21, 2018, mid-morning, with several witnesses — yet no arrests have been made and no suspects have been named publicly.

    Also, the Fourth District Court has produced no "sealing order" for the case, despite Las Vegas Police and Fourth District Court Chief Executive Officer Robert Duran saying the case is “sealed.”

  • Honoring The Fallen

    A formal flag-burning ceremony was held Monday — Memorial Day — at VFW Post 1547 on Mills Avenue in Las Vegas.

    The ceremony, attended by representatives of several lawmakers, honored those who died in service to the U.S.

    In the first photo, Joe Esparza places a flag. In the second, Agatha Jaramillo places a flag.

    In the third, Nancy Fernandez speaks as Gary Ludi of the VFW listens.

  • At eas(y) riders

    A small group of motorcycle riders, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the U.S. release of the movie “Easy Rider,” completed a re-trace this week of many of the filming locations, including Las Vegas, where the group stopped on May 25.

    Seated is Albert Blaha of Pasadena, Md. In back are, from the left, Matt Shack and Les Thesen of Edson, Alberta, Canada, and Bill Casagrande of Perry Hill, Md. 

  • UWC Grads

    The United World College-USA Class of 2019, whose graduation ceremony was Saturday, May 25, included 106 students from more than 65 countries.

    In the first photo, Carmen Limbobo from Mozambique walks across the stage.

    In the second, Houyem Abidi of Tunisia celebrates on stage.

  • Las Vegas’ only shelter shuts down after break-in, theft

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    Just before a fundraiser for Las Vegas’ only homeless shelter was set to take place, Samaritan House suffered a financial setback and will be closed for about three weeks.

    According to a news release from Executive Director George Lyon, Samaritan House’s Mills Avenue facility was burglarized on or about Monday. Donated money was stolen; its form and the exact amount missing was not disclosed.

  • No charges filed in death of former Mora man

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE  — The fatal shooting of a former Mora County resident, who authorities have said was killed by a ride-share driver early this year, stemmed from “a large amount of vomit” in an Uber vehicle, according to court documents.

    Court documents submitted by the Bernalillo County District Attorney last week said the shooting was prompted by the vomit and an argument over a “clean-up fee,” the Albuquerque Journal reported.