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  • Scientist to lead energy, water research group

    The Associated Press

    SANTA FE — A scientist from Los Alamos National Laboratory has been tapped to help New Mexico with complex issues related to energy and water science.

    The state Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department says Jeri Sullivan Graham will lead the Brackish Water Work Group.

    One of the group’s overarching goals is to identify the state’s brackish water resources and find ways to make it more available and usable as a buffer against drought.

  • Officer cleared in shooting

    The state police officer who shot a disoriented New York man who was driving the wrong way on Interstate 25 the night of Jan. 4 has been cleared of any wrongdoing.

    District Attorney Richard Flores announced Wednesday that he has determined that officer Jonathan Wright was justified in his actions.

  • Ex-East chief cited health in letter

    The former superintendent of the Las Vegas City Schools District cited health issues and a strained relationship with the board as her reasons for not seeking an extension of her contract.

  • Senior profile - Martin Suazo Sr.

    By Lupita Gonzales
    For the Optic

    Martin Suazo Sr. has made his living as an insurance agent, but the well-known local businessman’s passion lies with basketball.

    And now he’s on a mission to get the word about a shooting technique aimed at improving accuracy in the sport.

    Martin was one of a few individuals born in a small community named El Valle de los Indios, situated about 40 miles west of Albuquerque. He was born April 30, 1938.

  • Electric co-op sued over fire

    The Mora-San Miguel Electric Co-op has been hit with a lawsuit claiming that its negligence caused the 10,000-acre Tres Lagunas Fire last May that burned for weeks and damaged land owned by two property owners.

    The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in state District Court in Santa Fe on behalf of David Old, his businesses — Old Wood and the Viveash Ranch — and River Bend Ranch LLC. It seeks unspecified compensatory, punitive and treble damages, along with attorney fees and expenses for bringing the lawsuit.

  • Jail Log - March 28, 2014

    The following individuals were booked into the San Miguel County Detention Center between March 17 and March 23.

     Anna Maes, 26, probation violation: admitted to smoking marijuana
    Gilbert Gold, 53, 27-day commitment  
    Eugene Archuleta, 31, probation violation: positive
    Michael Miller, 51, failure to appear  
    Jessica Rivera, 26, aggravated DWI, driving in suspended revoked license, open container
    Jerry Martinez, 57, battery on household member, false imprisonment

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  • Fundraiser honoring Vegas native Sunday

    Submitted to the Optic

    The Third Annual Lung Cancer Bike Ride honoring the memory of Las Vegas native Annette Leger will take place on Sunday along the Rio Grande Bosque Bike Path.

    The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.

    Proceeds support programs dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022.

  • Boy died from ‘blunt trauma’

    The Associated Press

    An Albuquerque boy allegedly kicked to death by his mother last year had injuries over much of his body and died from “blunt trauma.”

    Details of Omaree Varela’s death were included in an autopsy report released Tuesday to the Albuquerque Journal.

    The boy’s mother, Synthia Varela-Casaus, has pleaded not guilty to more than 20 charges related to the boy’s death. She has been in jail on a $100,000 bond since her arrest in December.

  • Looking Back - March 28, 2014

    In 1964

    Monday, March 30 — Stewart Chamberlain has been named assistant station manager at Radio Station KFUN in Las Vegas. Mrs. Dorothy Thwaites will continue as station manager. Chamberlain, who formerly worked at radio stations in Gallup and Farmington and comes to Las Vegas from Albuquerque, took over at KFUN last Monday.