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  • Primary election letter deadline

    Letters addressing candidates for any New Mexico office in the June 5 primary election must be received by the Optic by Wednesday, May 30, 5 p.m.

    Letters received after this time will be published after the June 5 election.


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  • Class dismissed

    Las Vegas Optic reports

    A graduating class of 98 at Robertson High School and 38 at Mora High participated in commencement ceremonies Friday.

    Jeffrey T. Houdek and State Rep. Tomás Salazar were the commencement speakers for Robertson High School.

    The RHS ceremonies were concluded with a rousing rendition of the Cardinal fight song, with the band directed by Martin Sena.

  • Hot dogs with Heinrich

    Jason W. Brooks/Optic photo
    In one of his first local campaign events of 2018, U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich stopped by the Las Vegas Plaza on Saturday to visit with constituents at a lunchtime event that featured hot dogs and hamburgers.

    Several fellow local Democratic Party candidates introduced themselves before Heinrich spoke briefly, visited with guests and then took a couple of questions from the Optic.

    Check our Facebook page for videos from the event.

  • Two of four gubernatorial hopefuls provide tax returns

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE  — Two of the four candidates for governor in New Mexico have provided their tax returns in response to a request from a newspaper.

    The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that two Democrats — businessman Jeff Apodaca and state Sen. Joseph Cervantes — agreed to the newspaper’s request to provide their tax returns.

  • Body of missing man returned to family

    The body of a man who went missing last fall has been returned to his family so that there can be a proper burial and services.

    The date of death for Johnny "Juno" Garcia, Jr., 42, is listed as March 6, 2018, the day his remains was found by a ranch hand on property not far from Sapello. The discovery happened exactly five months after Garcia had last been seen walkng along N.M. 518 in the Sapello area.

  • Amtrak line under tough project requirements

    New safety and construction mandates — and the expense and short time window for implementation — have raised new concerns about federal support for a rail line that runs through Las Vegas. 

  • Jail Log, Sunday's Optic, May 27, 2018

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between May 16 and May 23, 2018:

    Robert Clarke, Bench Warrant, Failure to appear / Failure to Pay.

    Rita E. Sandoval, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Lazarus Shawn Fahey, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Angela J. Padilla, Two Bench Warrants, Fta/Ftp.

    John Paul Chavez, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    Christopher J. Salazar, Bench Warrant, Fta/Ftp.

    John F. Salazar, Felony Possession Of A Controlled Substance.

  • Man arrested for attempted murder

    A man was recently arrested on charges of attempted murder, shooting at or from a vehicle and two counts of child abuse after Las Vegas Police say he recently ambushed a couple pulling up to a home on Dalbey Drive.

  • Mass before Sunday movies

    A sprightly nonagenarian who just recently turned 95 has many interesting stories about her life as a mother of several, a schoolteacher and a hard worker who was never above performing menial tasks to support her family.

    But to be complete, this story about Isabelita Benavidez needs to begin in the days of one-room schoolhouses, cars that were guaranteed to have blowouts, and times when a nickel or dime allowed people to buy things.

  • Alumnus, longtime educator appointed as regent

    By Sean Weaver, N.M. Highlands University

    Dan Padilla knows how Highlands University transforms lives. He is living proof.

    “It’s enriched me in the knowledge that there’s a lot out there for anyone who has a dream or desire to do something,” said Padilla, whom Gov. Susana Martinez named as a recess appointment to the Highlands Board of Regents.

    “Attending Highlands impacted my life, defined who I am, and has inspired me to impact kids to continue their education.”