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  • Thank you for having me serve for nearly 50 years

    NOTE: The Hon. Judge Matthew S. Sandoval, one of the three elected Fourth District Court judges, is dealing with health issues and has decided to retire from the bench. He shared with the Optic his official letter of intent to retire.

    To: Hon. Chief Justice Judith Nakamura, State Supreme Court.
    Hon. Justice Nakamura.

    As I had fully intended to return to the bench, it is with a heavy heart that I submit this letter.

  • Ready for Fiestas

    The Las Vegas Plaza Park gazebo was empty and quiet when a worker was finishing up with some decorations Thursday morning, but the gazebo and the rest of the Plaza and Bridge Street will be active for the next six days.

    Fiestas de Las Vegas, happening for the 130th time, runs through July 4.

  • A new office

    San Miguel County Sheriff Gary Gold hosted a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony, marking his departments’ offices moving into a building located along North Railroad Avenue in Las Vegas, near Mills Avenue.

    Attending the ceremony were state Sen. Pete Campos and state Rep. Tomás Salazar.

    The SMCSO was previously based in offices at the county’s detention center.

  • Where to be?

    What is a good neighbor?

    George Lyon, executive director of Samaritan House, said he’s trying to be the best possible neighbor he can be — the nonprofit situated between local businesses.

    If one were to stand in front of the facility — at one time a dairy plant — located at 1000 Mills Ave., and face the busy avenue, BTU would be on the left. To the right is a mini mall containing three businesses: Dollar General, Fast Bucks loan provider, and Heritage Home Healthcare office.

  • Report: N.M. now last in child well-being

    By Mary Hudetz, The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — As the number of children living in poverty and without health insurance increased in New Mexico, the state fell to last place nationwide in child well-being, a new report released Wednesday showed.

    The state’s standing in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report marked a five-year low for New Mexico, which has struggled for years in the rankings and historically has had one of the nation’s highest poverty rates.

  • New Mexico in Brief, Friday, June 29, 2018

    The Associated Press

    Election results certified; two recounts ordered

    SANTA FE  — New Mexico election officials have certified the results from the June primary and have ordered an automatic recount in two contests.

    Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced the certification after the State Canvassing Board met Tuesday in Santa Fe.

  • Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 29, 2017

     Editorial cartoon, Friday, June 29, 2017.

  • Sardinas Canyon fire now bigger than 800 acres

    A forest fire burning in a rugged area of the Carson National Forest located between Mora and Taos grew considerably between Monday afternoon and Tuesday evening. 

    The Sardinas Canyon fire grew from about 85 acres Monday to more than 800 acres by late Wednesday. It is zero percent contained.

  • Superintendent: state's red tape slows City Schools facility changes

    While Las Vegas City Schools has tried to clear a legal and regulatory path to changes with two former facilities, its leader said the path is cluttered with paperwork and rules from multiple organizations — no matter what a government wants to do next with a building.

  • Group addresses Gallinas burglary concerns

    By Gwen Albers, Las Vegas Optic

    The last time fifth-generation Gallinas Canyon resident Ron Ortega remembered a rash of burglaries in the mountain community was 30 years ago.
    “The circumstances were very similar for the unusual amount of break-ins,” Ortega told some 50 residents during a meeting held on a recent Sunday over concerns for two recent home burglaries and a third at La Placita Volunteer Fire Department.